Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Reserve Matt Barnes scored 21 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 106-77 win over the Boston Celtics for their 15th straight victory, the longest National Basketball Association streak since the 2008-09 season.
The Celtics won 19 games in a row four years ago.
Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 17 points for the Clippers, Blake Griffin had 15 points and Caron Butler added 14 on their home court last night. The Clippers last lost a game against the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26.
“This is a new time for the organization and team,” Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We expect to win, but in order to do that, we have to go out there and perform at a high level, play the right way and play the way we’re capable of. If we do that, good opportunities will present themselves.”
The Clippers improved their record to an NBA-best 23-6. The Celtics fell to 14-14.
Kevin Garnett scored 16 points and Paul Pierce and Courtney Lee each added 12 for the Celtics, who had 18 turnovers that the Clippers converted to 26 points.
Also yesterday, the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a two-game losing skid with a 111-105 overtime victory against the Dallas Mavericks. Kevin Durant finished with 40 points for the Thunder, who are a half-game behind the Clippers at 22-6.
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