For the Celtics, Al Horford scored 23 points and grabbed 14 boards, while Jayson Tatum recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds in the absence of Kyrie Irving (knee). The Clippers, however, began chipping away at the lead, and somehow, they emerged victorious 123-112, holding the shell-shocked Celtics to just 12 points in the third quarter.
Kyrie is averaging 43.4 FanDuel points through 47 games, with 23.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.5 triples per contest.
The Celtics and Sixers are now both 36-21 and tied in the Eastern Conference.
Following the 26-year-old's departure, the Celtics would go on to blow a 28-point lead to a Clippers team that just traded its leading scorer, Tobias Harris, to the Philadelphia 76ers. "There are things we're going to work on, things we need to get better at, but it's a good test for us to see where we're at with this new team".
"We understood Philly's been playing at a high level", Horford said.
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"Like I said, that's on me". Not (because) we won, man - it's the intensity everybody played with.
But Morris was not in the mood to make excuses and complained that it was not fun being on the team at the moment.
Morris had so much fun in his hometown of Philadelphia, that he purchased each and every one of his teammates cheesesteaks sandwiches after the win. "And when I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals." he added. "We fought, and that's what you have to do to have a chance to win". Whatever that takes, I'm with it.
The Celtics may yet make an addition on the buyout market - perhaps Marcus Morris' twin Markieff or Enes Kanter - but they can not afford to lose Irving for an extended period of time. "I'm trying to win".
Garrett Temple, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green and Landry Shamet all made their debuts for the Clippers after being acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline. "It's unacceptable for what we did with a team of our caliber".