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NBA scores: Celtics lose on Thursday, fall behind Nets on Friday

Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics were dismantled by the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, and then fell to third place in the Atlantic Division on Friday.

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Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers dismantled the Boston Celtics, 106-77, on Thursday, in one of just two scheduled Thursday games.

The Celtics dropped to 14-14 on the season with Thursday's loss.

Boston fell behind the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, after the Nets defeated the lowly Charlotte Bobcats -- a win that moved the Nets over .500 for the season.

Luckily for the Celtics, the Atlantic division-leading New York Knicks also lost on Friday. New York erased a 27-point deficit, but lost to the Sacramento Kings, 106-105, after James Johnson drained a three-pointer as time expired.

Elsewhere on Friday, the Detroit Pistons knocked off the Miami Heat, 109-99. LeBron James scored 35 points and added six rebounds and five assists in the losing effort.

The Clippers increased their winning streak to 16 games with a thrilling 116-114 win over the Utah Jazz. Chris Paul led all scorers in the high-scoring affair with 29 points, while Blake Griffin grabbed 13 rebounds.


Celtics Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Golden State Sat 12/29 10:30 PM EST
@ Sacramento Sun 12/30 9:00 PM EST
Memphis Wed 01/02 7:30 PM EST
Indiana Fri 01/04 8:00 PM EST
@ Atlanta Sat 01/05 7:00 PM EST

Last 5 Games

@ Los Angeles Clippers Thu 12/27 L 77 - 106
@ Brooklyn Tue 12/25 W 93 - 76
Milwaukee Fri 12/21 L 94 - 99
Cleveland Wed 12/19 W 103 - 91
@ Chicago Tue 12/18 L 89 - 100