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article imageNBA: L.A. Clippers crush Boston Celtics for 15th straight win

By Layne Weiss     Dec 28, 2012 in Sports
Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 106-77 Thursday to win their 15th straight game in a row, becoming the first team to win that many games in a row since the 2008-2009 NBA season.
Ironically, the last team to do it was the Boston Celtics, who won 19 games in a row four years ago, Bloomberg reports.
The Clippers suffered their last loss on November 26 against the New Orleans Hornets.
Thursday night, Matt Barnes gave the Clippers 21 points off the bench and Jamal Crawford added 17, The Associated Press reports.
Blake Griffin had 15 points and Caron Butler added 14, Bloomberg reports.
"This is a new time for the organization and team," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. " We expect to win, but in order to do that, we have to go out there and perform at a high level, play the right way and play the way we're capable of. If we do that, good opportunities will present themselves."
Thursday's game improved the Clippers' record 23-6 as the Celtics fell to 14-14.
Clippers' point guard Chris Paul was extremely proud of his team's win, noting that it shows the team has a "lot of depth" not only in the starting line-up, but also off the bench. "I've probably sat out more 4th quarters this season than any of my previous seven seasons," he said according to The Associated Press.
While Paul was understandably happy by Thursday's win, and the Clippers' success as of late, he said it was important to remain focused and to not allow their impressive win streak or record get to their heads. "Some people may be impressed by the record, but we can't be," Paul said. "We're not measured by our regular season wins."
Clippers' power forward Blake Griffin agreed with Paul saying, "We want to be winning in April, May, and June."
Meanwhile, Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for the Celtics, while Paul Pierce and Jeff Green each added 12.Rajon Rondo and Jason Terry had 10 points each. The team committed 18 turnovers.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers commented that his players tried to win as individuals and not as a team. Going into the game, he was confident in their strategy. As the game went on, he began to think they were "out-thinking" themselves. In retrospect, he says, he should have stopped it, but didn't, The Boston Globe reports.
Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo said he was very impressed with the Clippers' "team effort" Thursday. "I give them a lot of credit from start to finish," Rondo said. "We played great the last game," but tonight our offense was a couple steps behind."
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