They had 14 assists on their 20 baskets and just five turnovers in the half. On defense, they held the Clippers to 10 points on 4-for-18 shooting in the second quarter and forced 15 turnovers in the half.
The Clippers didn’t score in the second quarter until Lamar Odom made an 11-foot turnaround 4:11 into the period, cutting Boston’s lead to 39-32. Bledsoe made their second field goal more than two minutes later.
Notes: Backup Celtics center Jason Collins, playing more because of Sullinger’s absence, had a season-high seven points. ... Matt Barnes returned for the Clippers after a one-game suspension for striking Minnesota’s Greg Stiemsma on Wednesday. ... The Clippers routed the Celtics 106-77 on Dec. 27 in Los Angeles.