Published: Mon, February 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Celtics Wrap: C's Sink Clippers 107-102 In Paul Pierce's Boston Finale

Celtics Wrap: C's Sink Clippers 107-102 In Paul Pierce's Boston Finale

"If they lose the next game we win, we're having the same talk again", he said.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue owns the best record in the conference but coached in the game past year and now Stevens and his Boston staff are going to New Orleans. Both teams exchanged shots and defensive stops in the third quarter, only for the Celtics to start pulling away courtesy of a 15-7 spurt that gave them an 81-65 lead which was their largest of the game. Friday's loss meant that for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season, the Lakers did not at least share the lead in all-time victories. "I don't know what the heck that is", Rivers said of Pierce's final attempt, per the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

Making his final appearance in Boston, the city where he spent 15 seasons and became a Celtics legend, Clippers small forward Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in Sunday's game to earn a deafening roar from the crowd at TD Garden. While since suiting up for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Clippers along the way, he notably reached 10 All-Star Games as a member of the Celtics in addition to winning a title back in 2007-2008.

The Celtics and Lakers are tied for the most regular-season victories in National Basketball Association history with 3,252 apiece, but Los Angeles rates as a huge underdog in this tilt due to 11 consecutive road losses.

Boston rises for a tribute to Paul Pierce!

Thomas scored 28 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Celtics, while Horford, Olynyk and Smart all dropped 13.

Three years later, the Celtics have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. But that's what lies ahead for the Lakers during one of their most crucial offseasons in recent history.

Soon, however, their habit for cold shooting spells and ill-timed errors took over. On one particularly revealing possession, the Lakers missed four shots in 14 seconds.

It's a different story for the Clippers, who will have to try to rebound on the second night of a back-to-back Monday evening at Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Raptors.

He also did this after one of his transition 3-pointers, presumably in honor of Pierce.

It was nearly impressive.

Boston coach Brad Stevens was quick to point out before Friday's game that while the Celtics were on the cusp of surpassing the Lakers' win total, the Lakers wouldn't be far behind.

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