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Celtics defeat the Clippers, amist a slippery floor

The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 95-89 Monday night. During the final minutes of the 1st quarter Ray Allen slipped on the court on a fast break. The refs then stopped play and were apparently close to calling off the game. Condensation had built up on the court due to heavy rain, 50 degree temperatures and the ice rink below the floor for Boston Bruins' games.

Paul Pierce scored 22 points, leading the Celtics to a 95-89 victory.
Paul Pierce scored 22 points, leading the Celtics to a 95-89 victory.
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The Clippers broke down in the 3rd quarter which allowed the Celtics to creep back into the game. With the return of Kevin Garnett this team has really looked better these past two games. However, they still need to work on their free-throw shooting. Paul Pierce was 11 of 11 from the line, but everyone else was a combined 12 for 23. 

The struggles of Ray Allen continued, as his future with the Celtics remains up in the air. The newest rumor has Allen going to the Golden State Warriors for the underrated, 23 year old guard Monta Ellis, who put up 37 points the last time he faced the Celtics.

Paul Pierce was the leading scorer in the game with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Rajon Rondo, once again, proved  why he should be an all star with his 19th double-double of the year. Rondo had 16 points with 12 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Ray Allen scored 15 points, but he was only 5 for 14 and 2 of 7 from beyond the three-point line. Kevin Garnett had another step in the right direction with 17 points.

Rasual Butler led the Clippers with 17 points on the night, while Baron Davis had 16 points and 7 assists
. They also put up good numbers off the bench with 13 points from Craig Smith and 12 points from former Celtic, Ricky Davis.

In other Celtics news, Glen "Big Baby" Davis wants to drop his nickname. When asked what he would like to be called instead he didn't have an answer. Don't expect people to stop calling him "Big Baby" since it has been his nickname since college, and more recently with his behavior on the court suiting his name quite well.

The Celtics (29-13) will start a tough two game road trip against the Orlando Magic (29-16) Thursday night.

For more info:

Boston Globe

NBA.com

ESPN

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