Friday , Feb , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – February 20

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – February 20 ===

(Sports Network) – Boston lost on Thursday when Eddie House made a jumper
with one second remaining to lift the Los Angeles Clippers over the Celtics,
102-100, at the Staples Center.

Ricky Davis posted 23 points for Boston, which has dropped four straight. Jiri
Welsch totaled 20 points, while Paul Pierce put up 18 in the setback.

Earlier Thursday, the Celtics were involved in a three-team trade in which
they received guards Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter and a first-round pick
from Detroit. The deal, which included star forward Rasheed Wallace going from
Atlanta to Detroit, saw the Celtics ship off forward Chris Mills guard Mike
James.

Trailing 99-90 with over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the
Celtics went on a 10-0 run to move ahead by one. After a bucket by Welsch,
Davis made good on two free throws and a three-pointer by Pierce cut the
Celtics deficit to two, 99-97.

After a steal by Boston’s Marcus Banks, he drove the length of the floor
before a hard foul sent him to the stripe, where he made one of two. Boston
retained possession due to the flagrant foul, and Banks again held the ball
before his running layup finally gave Boston the lead, 100-99, with 46 seconds
to go.

The Clippers’ next trip down the court saw Keyon Dooling go to the foul line
and hit one of two to tie the score at 100 apiece with 27 seconds on the
clock.

A jump ball ensued 10 seconds later, and Boston gained the possession arrow. A
play designed for Pierce worked to near perfection, but his long-range jumper
fell short and Los Angeles took over.

After a timeout, the Clippers set up their offense and House drove to the
right wing and sank the winning jumper with just one second left.

Boston shot 43 percent from the floor (31-for-73) and hit seven of its 18
three-point attempts (39 percent).

In his last two games, Davis is averaging 27.5 points five rebounds and 5.5
assists.

The Celtics are off until Saturday when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers.

BOS