Celtics guard leaves game vs. Clippers with knee sprain

Annette Crawford
February 10, 2019

They have won 10 of their last 12 games, with their two losses during that stretch coming in close games to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.

One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston - and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl - the retooled Clippers erased a 28-point deficit on Saturday night to beat the Celtics 123-112.

But when Kyrie Irving suffered a knee injury, which forced him to leave the game, all bets were off, and the Clippers came to life.

It was the largest comeback in the National Basketball Association in the last two seasons and the largest in Clippers history.

Los Angeles finally tied it 100-all, bringing boos from the crowd that expected an easy victory against a team that traded away leading scorer Tobias Harris at the deadline and added five new players.

Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes are out for the Celtics.

The Celtics ran up a 68-40 lead with just over four minutes left second quarter thanks to 14 points from Irving and another 12 points off the bench from Gordon Hayward. Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game.

The Grizzlies traded Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green to the Clippers in exchange for Avery Bradley, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarwoski. "And the first thing we said is, 'Zubac can really play.' And, 'Shamet's going to be huge for us.' And then in the second half, they both went out and played well". Brad Stevens said that Irving's knee appeared to "buckle". With the tough loss, Boston fell to 35-20 overall and 22-7 at home.

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