Paul Pierce let the 24-second clock run almost out before hitting a step-back 3-pointer from the left with 2.5 seconds left to put the icing on the Celtics' fourth straight win, a 106-104 outlasting of the Clippers.
Pierce's shot -- the last of his 22 points -- made Jamal Crawford's trey at the end meaningless.
The Celts squandered nearly all of a big lead before holding on in this one.
The Clippers began going to the hoop even harder when Kevin Garnett went to the bench with his fifth foul two and a half minutes into the final period. They cut the Celtic lead to six on drives by Blake Griffin and Crawford.
The 15-point lead after three was still at a reasonable 10 after a Brandon Bass dunk, but the C's missed their next five shots from the floor and turned the ball over twice as L.A. made it a four-point game with just less than five minutes remaining.
With Garnett back, Crawford followed a Pierce free throw with another layup to bring the margin to three. The Celts turned the ball over twice and missed a jumper on their next three possessions, but the Clippers chilled a bit, too.
Jason Terry broke the ice with a 17-foot fadeaway to make it 103-98 with 1:09 left. Eric Bledsoe's second-chance 3-pointer cut the margin to two, and, after a Terry missed trey, Crawford was called for an offensive foul with 26.6 to go.
Pierce then held the ball before making his move.
Celtics hold on for fourth straight win
Boston Herald | Feb 4