Defensively, the Celtics are yielding 98.0 points against the opposing teams per game.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers meet Wednesday in National Basketball Association action at the Staples Center. The Bostonians are now tied in the loss column with Toronto atop the Eastern Conference, holding onto first only by their three extra wins.
Boston's Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer with 23.8 ticks to go before Hart missed two free throws.
On the season, the Lakers are averaging 106.6 points, 46.5 rebounds and 23.7 assists per game.
Considering all the injuries the Clippers (23-23) have experienced, from Blake Griffin to DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Patrick Beverley, possessing a.500 record has earned Rivers rave reviews. Smart sent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the line at 5.7, and he missed both. The home team would ultimately outscore the Celtics by 10 points in the quarter and take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, largely due to Julius Randle's energy. After hitting four from the distance, he couldn't get No. 5 to go down.
Lakers: Caldwell-Pope (right heel) and Brandon Ingram (sprained left ankle) played after being questionable before game time.
"It felt good when it left my hands", Smart told reporters after the game. Either way, Clarkson looks like a must-own, must-start fantasy player, at least until Ball is back in action.
"I don't know the full story", coach Brad Stevens said an hour and a half before tipoff against the Clippers. But I thought that he got it into the operating area and got a pretty clean look at it. "So it was more of a, 'Let's make sure before we put him back out on the court'".
"Kuzma, his fourth quarter was incredible tonight", Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the game. But Marcus Smart wanted to be the hero, and that losing streak is now up to four games. "It's over with. We've got to turn around and try to come up with a win tomorrow". "He's a really good spot-up shooter", Stevens said with a grin. "We need to do a better job of finishing at the rim, and we need to do a better job of drawing contact there".
After the intermission, the teams came out to a festive atmosphere worthy of a playoff game. We can't allow that.
On the court, the Lakers started the second half with a objective and went on an 8-0 run to level the game at 56-56 immediately.
His next chance to return to the floor for Boston comes on Saturday when the team remains on the West Coast for a matchup with the Golden State Warriors. LA only scored 15 points and missed all seven of its three-pointers in the period, while the Celtics only played mildly better and scored 21 points.