Boston’s paint presence is too much for the Clippers

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-110 on Thursday at Tee Garden.

The C’s improved to 26-10 and the Clippers dropped to 21-16.

Check out the full box score here.

There’s something about the Clippers that has given the Celtics problems the last few seasons. Thursday was no different, but Boston overcame its problems with an incomplete lineup and a series of favorable matchups.

Jaylen Brown was the spark for a pair of Celtics runs that really decided this game. In both the second and fourth quarters, Brown scored seven straight points to put the Clippers away and regain the lead.

Brown’s athleticism was too much for Los Angeles’ guards as he constantly got to the rim with ease. When he wasn’t, it was Robert Williams III cleaning up the glass and giving Boston second chances. The Clippers practically refused to play Ivica Zubak in the fourth quarter, which made it easier for the Celtics to play in the paint.

On a night when the Celtics shot 28.2% from 3-point range and the Clippers shot 38.5%, a change in court philosophy was needed. Boston made that change and ended up coming away with the win.

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