February 13, 2020
Jason Tatum had a game high 39 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Clippers in two overtimes 141-133 Thursday night.
The Celtics have won seven straight home games and eight of their last nine.
Marcus Smart chipped in 31 points and combined with Tatum for 16 of Boston’s 27 points in both overtimes.
Gordon Hayward had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine rebounds.
The Clippers Paul George left the game in the second quarter with a strained left hamstring. George played 15 minutes with four point before making his way to the locker room.
Sweet Lou Williams had a game high 35 point for the Clippers. Double doubles came from Kawhi Leonard’s 28 points,11 rebounds and Montrez Harrell’s 24 points, 13 rebounds.
The combination of Smart and Tatum both had driving lay-ups in the second overtime to give the Celtics a 134-130 lead.
Hayward hit four free throws in the final minute to help close it out.
The Clippers had a 65-19 advantage in bench scoring. The Celtics Tatum and Smart had all 13 of Boston’s points in the first overtime.
During the game’s first timeout, the Celtics surprised fans with a video presentation to announce Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 will be retired during the 2020-21 season. It will hang in the open space next to the No. 34 of teammate Paul Pierce, who alongside Garnett led Boston to its most recent title in 2008.
Pierce’s jersey was retired by the Celtics in 2018. Garnett, in his first year in eligibility for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, is expected to be on the list of finalists when it it is unveiled during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago.
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley missed his fourth straight game with a sore right groin. The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown, who has a left calf contusion.
The Clippers will host the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 22., while the Celtics begin a four-game road trip Feb. 21 against Minnesota.
The All-Star break comes at a perfect time for both teams as they try to get healthy.