Los Angeles has played well, but it has not impressed the teams with Kawhi Leonard and Paul Georgia, either injured or with their minutes driven several times.
As for the Clippers, Paul George, Lou Williams, and Kawhi Leonard combined for 69 points, more than 64% of the Clippers points.
Leonard has not played since last Wednesday.
Injury and rehab had prevented the duo from playing in the same game over the season's first 14. The 29-year-old has posted 29.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from 3-point range in his first three games.
With the chance to win it, Leonard's potential game-winning three-pointer rattled in and out as regulation ended before the hosts dug in to take victory in overtime.
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The Clippers improved to 10-5 on the season with the win.
"We're going to have growing pains", he said. They didn't have a good offensive performance, yet still found themselves in the game due to their surprisingly efficient defense - something not many saw coming because of the departure of Al Horford.
Jayson Tatum served as the brightest of spots for Boston's offense, scoring 30 points on 12 for 24 shooting.
"It was a playoff atmosphere", said Marcus Smart, who had 14 points for Boston.
But Leonard and George showed flashes of why that defensive attention is deserved.
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George put up 25 points and eight assists, while Leonard finished with a 17-point haul that included a dazzling dunk over the towering Daniel Theis.
After a timeout, Tatum hit a 3-pointer with George falling down defending him to tie it 97-all with 13 seconds left. "He knows when it's time to take over".
When told to say whatever he wanted to say, and just bring reporters through the build-up of the play, Leonard responded with another on-brand answer. Patrick Beverley corralled a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points and seven assists, and JaMychal Green added 10 points as Los Angeles won their third straight game.
"That's Finals MVP", George said.
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