The Celtics keep rolling without Rajon Rondo.
Not even a late comeback by one of the NBA's best teams could keep host Boston from beating the Los Angeles Clippers 106-104 on Sunday and improving to 4-0 since a knee injury ended the star point guard's season.
"A lot of people say that we don't have a chance to go to the playoffs, we can't do this, we can't do that," starting guard Avery Bradley said. "We know we have each other, and we're going to go out there and fight for each other, no matter what, every single night."
The Clippers played without their own brilliant point guard. Chris Paul missed his seventh straight game with a bruised right knee cap.
But they cut a 98-83 deficit to 103-101 on a 3-pointer by Eric Bledsoe with 56 seconds remaining. Then Bradley drew an offensive foul on Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford with 26 seconds to go.
Paul Pierce then held on to the ball -- and was surprised that the Clippers didn't foul him -- before making a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to clinch the win and finish with a team-high 22 points.
"If we get a stop there (with) three or four seconds to go, we've got plenty of time," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said of his decision
Lakers 98, Pistons 97: Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds and was the last line of defense for Los Angeles, contesting host Detroit's last-second alley-oop attempt as the Lakers held on for a victory.
Los Angeles blew an 18-point third-quarter lead but went ahead for good on Kobe Bryant's three-point play with 1:09 remaining. That gave the Lakers a 98-95 lead, and they held on despite missing four free throws in the final 16.8 seconds.
The Pistons tried a lob to rookie big man Andre Drummond in the final seconds, but with Gasol contesting the play, Drummond couldn't convert his one-handed dunk attempt.
Lakers center Dwight Howard sat out again because of shoulder pain.
Heat 100, Raptors 85: LeBron James scored 30 points, Chris Bosh had 28, the Miami won in Toronto for its 10th straight victory over the Raptors.
The victory guaranteed Miami the top spot in the Eastern Conference through Sunday's games, meaning Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his staff will coach the East in the All-Star game in Houston in two weeks.