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LA Clippers set franchise record in comeback win over Boston Celtics; Kyrie Irving leaves with injury

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Patrick Beverley [NBA Getty Images]

Just one week ago, the LA Clippers trailed by 23 points in the third quarter versus the Detroit Pistons and turned that into an 11-point comeback win.

On Saturday, the Boston Celtics played victim to another Clippers comeback - the Celtics led by as much as 28 points before LA made their run.

It's no coincidence that Boston led by 28 points in the second quarter when Kyrie Irving left the game with a right knee sprain, never to return.

The Clippers trailed by 21 points at the half but came out gunning in the second half, only to trail by five going into the fourth quarter.

In the game's final frame, it was Patrick Beverley and newly acquired Landry Shamet who closed out the game for LA. Shamet buried two threes midway through the fourth to tie the game...

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...and any time the Clippers needed a big bucket down the stretch, he or Beverley were there to answer the call:

Shamet scored 13 points on four made 3-pointers in the fourth quarter while Beverley had 10 points on two 3-pointers in that span. Montrezl Harrell had 21 points and six rebounds off the bench and Danilo Gallinari recorded a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.

The Celtics got 19 points from Gordon Hayward and 16 points apiece from Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier but failed to maintain the momentum they were riding before Irving's injury.

This is the Celtics' second game in a row in which they were leading by 20 and failed to close. Thursday's loss against Los Angeles' other team, the Lakers, yielded the same result.

"I need to look at myself first while evaluating how we have lost 20-point leads in each of the last two games," head coach Brad Stevens stated after the game. "There's an answer out there and we need to find it."

This was the largest blown lead the Celtics have had since 2003. It was also the largest comeback by any team on the road since 2009.

It was the largest comeback in Clippers' history. They became the first team in over 20 seasons to have multiple 25-point comebacks in a season in the process, per ESPN Stats and Info.

Boston has two days of reflection before they head to Philadelphia on Tuesday to take on their rival 76ers.

The Clippers win keeps them at the No. 8 seed in the Western Conferece, one game ahead of the ninth place Sacramento Kings.

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