LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Blake Griffin scored 29 points Wednesday and the Los Angeles Clippers relied on their starters to pull off a 111-105 win over Boston.
All but 12 of the Clippers' points came from the starting five.
Griffin made 9-of-14 shots and added six rebounds and eight assists in what was Los Angeles' second straight win. The Clippers kept pace in a first-place tie with Golden State in the Pacific Division.
Los Angeles led by 16 with 8:23 to go before the Celtics closed within four in the final minute. Boston's comeback finally ran out of steam when Jerryd Bayless missed a layup with nine seconds left that would have trimmed the Celtics' deficit to two.