In a battle of two teams each missing its All-Star point guard, the Celtics built a 19-point halftime lead then nearly let it completely slip away before escaping with a 106-104 win over the road-tripping Los Angeles Clippers on Super Bowl Sunday at the TD Garden. Paul Pierce's three-pointer at the shot clock buzzer with 2.5 seconds remaining provided the Celts with enough of a cushion to escape with their fourth straight victory.

The C's used a tremendous second quarter in which they held the Clippers to just 10 points while forcing nine turnovers to break the game open then withstood a furious Clippers' rally in the second half to hang on for the win.

It was another well balanced effort for the Celts on offense with all 10 players scoring at least one field goal, five finishing in double figures and no one except Pierce taking more than 10 shots. The Celts shot an even 50 percent for the game with Pierce leading the way with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and hitting for 4-of-6 from long range.