BOSTON – The Boston Celtics suffered their worst loss of the season Saturday night, blowing a 28-point first half lead in a 123-112 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Celtics have not blown a 28-point lead in a loss since December of 2003.
The Green were wildly inconsistent. The game was tied 14-14 in the first, before the Celtics went on a 29-6 run to close the quarter. The Celtics led by 21 at the half, but the Clippers went on a 41-18 run to pull within five points to start the fourth quarter. Los Angeles tied the game in the fourth after going on a 60-32 run.
The Clippers had seven players in double figures, including Montrezl Harrell with 21 points.
The Celtics also had seven players in double figures, with Gordon Hayward leading the way with 19 points off the bench.
Kyrie Irving left the game after spraining his right knee contesting a Garrett Temple three-pointer in the second quarter. He did not return and will undergo additional evaluation Sunday.
The Celtics visit the 76ers in Philadelphia on Tuesday.