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NBA roundup: Boston Celtics grind past LA Clippers in double overtime

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In the second of the only two matches played on the last day before the NBA's All-Star Break, Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans.
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The Boston Celtics needed double overtime but finally shook off the Los Angeles Clippers 141-133 for an important win in the NBA.

Boston, placed third in the Eastern Conference, had been battling to keep pace with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors.

But after Toronto's run was halted at 15 consecutive victories on Wednesday, the Celtics dug deep to overcome the Clippers, who are in third place in the West.

Jayson Tatum led the way with 39 points, Marcus Smart added 31, while Gordon Hayward made 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Hayward made four free throws in the final minute to shore up the win as Boston finally were able to pull away.

Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, with Montrezl Harrell making 24 points and 13 rebounds.

The Clippers had to play most of the game without Paul George, who exited in the second quarter with a hamstring strain.

George was also fined $35,000 on Thursday after criticising the refereeing in Tuesday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

In the only other game on the last day before the All-Star break, the Oklahoma City Thunder won at the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-118.

Zion Williamson scored 32 points for the Pelicans, placed 11th in the West to the Thunder's seventh.

But the Thunder's Danilo Gallinari secured the victory, making 11 of his 29 points in the last quarter as the visitors maintained control.

Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists for the Thunder, who trailed 111-110 late in the last quarter before nine points from Gallinari tipped the balance.

It was a club record-equalling eighth straight away win for the Thunder.

The league now goes into recess for Monday's All-Star game, with club matches resuming next Friday.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City26164665293652
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2667133043-1325
18Aston Villa2674153450-1625
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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