Griffin, Crawford help Clippers hand Celtics sixth straight loss

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) fouls Boston Celtics power forward Kris Humphries (43) while battling for a rebound during second half action at Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) fouls Boston Celtics power forward Kris Humphries (43) while battling for a rebound during second half action at Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Posted Jan. 09, 2014, at 1:45 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Forward Blake Griffin scored 29 points and guard Jamal Crawford added 26 as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Boston Celtics 111-105 at the Staples Center on Wednesday night.

All five Clippers starters scored in double figures. Forward Jared Dudley had 18 points, point guard Darren Collison scored 15 and center DeAndre Jordan chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Clippers (25-13) won for the fourth time in their last five games and handed Boston (13-23) its sixth straight defeat. Los Angeles also won for the second time in three outings since point guard Chris Paul suffered a separated shoulder.

Guards Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to lead Boston. Crawford recorded eight assists. Forwards Jeff Green and Brandon Bass had 15 and 14 points, respectively.

A 12-2 surge to open the fourth quarter allowed the Clippers to take a 100-84 lead after Crawford converted a jumper with 8:26 remaining in the game. The Celtics closed to within four in the final 20 seconds before time ran out.

Griffin, who also had eight assists, six rebounds and two steals, hit 9 of his 14 shots from the floor and 10 of his 15 free throws. He had 13 points in the first half and nine more in the third quarter, including a rousing dunk over Boston center Kris Humphries.

The Clippers led by as much as 16 in the first half, but the Celtics rallied several times. Los Angeles wiped out a 10-8 Boston lead in the first quarter by scoring 16 consecutive points for a 26-10 advantage after a jumper by Crawford with 3:49 left. Boston, though, used a 13-6 spurt to cut the margin to 32-23 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Clippers went up 53-42 on a bucket by Dudley with 3:18 remaining, but Boston came back again. The Celtics used another 13-6 run to pull to within 59-55 at the break.

Dudley scored 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc, in the first half. Crawford had 14 at intermission to lead Boston’s scoring.

NOTES: Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that G J.J. Redick “has a very good chance” to play Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Redick has missed 21 games with a fractured right wrist. … Rivers said the club will work out F Hedo Turkoglu, who was released by the Orlando Magic last week. … Los Angeles signed Maalik Wayns, who was waived Monday by the club, to a 10-day contract Wednesday. … Boston coach Brad Stevens spoke briefly with C Jared Sullinger about his ejection after two flagrant-1 fouls in Tuesday’s 31-point loss at the Denver Nuggets. Stevens acknowledged Sullinger, who was replaced in the starting lineup by C Kris Humphries, might be developing a reputation as a dirty player. “He’s a young guy and he can change his reputation in a positive manner,” Stevens said. … Stevens said there remains no timetable for the return of G Rajon Rondo, who accompanied the team to Los Angeles.

 

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