CELTICS-CLIPPERS PREGAME NOTES

CLIPPERS NOTES

PG FROM THREE: On 1/3 at Phoenix, Paul George had his 10th game as Clipper with at least six three-pointers made. George passed J.J. Redick for the
most such games in franchise history. On 2/3 at Cleveland, George was 8-for-9 from beyond the arc. It was the seventh instance in franchise history that a
player had made at least eight three-pointers. George is the only player in franchise history to achieve the feat twice. George currently is first in the NBA in 3P%
(.478, min 7.0 attempts) and fifth in three-pointers made (67).
LAST 13: The Clippers are 11-2 in their last 12 games. Since 1/10 the Clippers have the second-best record in the NBA, rank first in 3P% (.431), tied for first
in plus/minus differential (13.3) and net rating (13.1), second in FT% (.851) and offensive rating (120.5), are third in points (118.8) and FG% (.491) and have the
fourth-least amount of turnovers (11.9).
THIRD QUARTER DOMINANCE: The Clippers are one of the best teams in the NBA in the third quarter. In the third frame the Clippers rank first in plus/minus
differential (4.7), 3P% (.485) and points (31.0), second in FG% (.525) and third in FT% (.850).
HOLDING LEADS: The Clippers are 16-2 this season when building a lead of at least 10 points. LA is the only team in the NBA this season to not lose
consecutive games.
• BEYOND THE ARC: On 1/10 vs. Chicago, the Clippers were 20-for-38 (52.6%) from beyond the arc. It was the fifth game in franchise history that the Clippers have made at least 20 three-pointers. Kawhi Leonard was 7-for-9 from the three-point line which tied his career high. Leonard was 5-for-5 in the third
quarter alone, which was the most three-pointers he has made in a single quarter in his career. On 1/28 at Miami, the Clippers made nine three-pointers in the third quarter which was tied for the most three-pointers made in a single quarter in franchise history. On 2/3 at Cleveland, the Clippers made 20 three-pointers for the sixth time in franchise history and second time this season. The Clippers lead the NBA in 3P% (.423) and in most games shooting at least 50% from beyond the arc (6), and are second in most games with at least 15 three-pointers made (14). LA had a five-game streak with at least 15 three-pointers made (1/10 – 1/20) which was the longest such streak in franchise history.
HOT START: The Clippers went 4-1 through the first five games of the season. It is the 11th time in franchise history the Clippers have at least four wins in
the teams’ first five games and the first time since 2017-18. The Clippers improved to 11-4 on 1/20 vs. Sacramento which is the third-best 15-game start in franchise history (13-2, 2016-17; 12-3, 1974-75). LA improved to 15-5 on 1/29 at Orlando which is tied for the second-best 20-game start in franchise history (16-4, 1974-75; 15-5, 2014-15 and 2016-17).
HOME SWEET HOME: The Clippers are currently on a five-game home win streak and have the fourth-best home record in the NBA at 8-2. At home, LA
ranks second in 3P% (.411) and FT% (.837), third in plus/minus differential (7.4) and ninth in points (115.1).
DYNAMIC DUO: Paul George (24.4) and Kawhi Leonard (26.2) are the fourth-highest scoring duo in the NBA so far this season.
PERFECT FROM THE STRIPE: On 1/6 at Golden State, the Clippers were a perfect 25-for-25 from the free-throw line which was the third-most free-throws made without a miss in a game in franchise history. This is the 24th time in franchise history that the Clippers were perfect from the free-throw line. The last time an NBA team made at least 25 free-throws while remaining perfect was the Chicago Bulls on 2/2/19 at Charlotte. LA currently leads the NBA in FT% (.849).
KAWHI: Kawhi Leonard is the winningest player in NBA regular-season history with a 408-135 (.751) record.

CELTICS NOTES

LAST GAME
SACRAMENTO 116, BOSTON 111 – Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA (2/3/21)
Jayson Tatum missed a game-tying three pointer with the clock winding down as the C’s fell to the Kings 116-111…Tatum finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with 10 assists and nine rebounds…Tristan Thompson added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Jaylen Brown added 21 points, three rebounds and four assists…Daniel Theis added 11 points and four assists…The Kings were led by De’Aaron Fox and his 26 points and 11 assists while Harrison Barnes added 24 points and six assists…Tyrese Haliburton
scored 21 off of the bench for Sacramento as well.

BROWN GOES OFF AGAINST CLEVELAND…
Jaylen Brown netted 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting in just 19:14 of game time against Cleveland on Jan. 24 en route to the C’s 141-103 win…It was the most
points scored by a player in under 20 minutes of game time during the shot clock era.
TATUM NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK…
Jayson Tatum was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 10 when he averaged 33.0 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds
and 2.7 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from three…It was the second time in Tatum’s career that he was named Player of
the Week and the first time during the 2020-21 season.
BROWN/TATUM ENTER ELITE SCORING DUOS THROUGH FIRST 10 GAMES…
Jayson Tatum (269) and Jaylen Brown (263) have each surpassed the 250+ point mark through the first ten games of the 2020-21 season…They became just
the third pair of teammates in the past 20 seasons to each record 250 or more points in their team’s first ten games…They join Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe
Bryant (2001-02) and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant (3x, 2016-17 through 2018-19).
PRITCHARD HAS IMPRESSIVE GAME OFF BENCH AGAINST TORONTO…
Payton Pritchard had 23 points and eight assists on 8-of-13 shooting against Toronto on Jan. 4…According to the Elias Sports Bureau he is just the fifth Celtic
rookie since 1970-71 to have at least 20 points and five assists while shooting 60% from the field coming off of the bench.
TATUM AND BROWN SHOW OUT IN SEASON OPENER EACH NETTING 30+ POINTS…
Jayson Tatum recorded 30 points including the game-winning three-pointer while Jaylen Brown added 33 points on opening night against Milwaukee on Dec. 23…According to the Elias Sports Bureau they are the first duo in C’s history to record 30 points or more in the season opening game in franchise history.
TEAGUE POSTS TERRIFIC GAME OFF THE BENCH FOR C’S IN OPENER
Jeff Teague made his presence felt in his first game as a Celtics becoming the first Celtics reserve to tally at least 19 points and four three-pointers in the team’s opening game since Walter McCarty on Nov. 2, 1999….Teague finished the game against Milwaukee on Dec. 23 with 19 points and a perfect 4-for-4 from three.

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