BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fade away jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers 139-134 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Boston played the second half without big man Kelly Olynyk. He left late in the first half with a bruised right shoulder.
The Clippers led by five late in regulation, but went without a field goal for more than three minutes.
The loss spoiled what may be Clippers’ forward Paul Pierce‘s final game in the Boston Garden. The 38-year-old played 15 seasons with the Celtics and was facing his former team for the eighth time.
The Clippers opened overtime with a four-point play by Redick.
After a Celtics miss, he was fouled again on a 3-point attempt, and connected on two of his three free throws to give Los Angeles a six-point lead.
Boston didn’t go away, and eventually tied it on a jumper by Evan Turner. Turner then put the Celtics in front 135-132 via a three-point play – his seventh straight point – with 1:33 left.
Both teams traded baskets, before Pierce came up short on a 27-footer that was rebounded by the Celtics.
Los Angeles had a chance to tie it up, and Jamal Crawford‘s long 3-point attempted nearly banked in before rimming out.
Los Angeles led 120-117 with 56 seconds to play in regulation after Thomas was fouled on a driving layup. He missed his ensuing free throw, but it was rebounded by Sullinger. He connected on the first of his two free throws to trim it to 120-118.
Following a pair of free throws by Redick, Thomas gave the Celtics life again with a teardrop jumper.
Paul missed a long jumper with the shot clock winding down on the Clippers next possession, but Jae Crowder was called for a loose ball foul with 23.3 remaining
Jordan misfired on both ensuing free throws, and Thomas tied it with fade away jumper.
Paul had a good look at a jumper that would have won it regulation, but it bounced off the side of the rim at the buzzer.
Clippers: The Clippers did not have a field goal for the final 3:29 of regulation. … Paul had 10 points and five assists in the first quarter. It was the 37th time in his career he’s had at least 10 points and five assists in a quarter. That’s the most in NBA since 2005-06.
Celtics: Improved to 10-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.