Boston (23-32) at Los Angeles (22-30)

  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Thu Feb 19, 2004
  • TV: FSNE
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With 14 victories in their last 18 road games against the Clippers, the slumping Boston Celtics are probably looking forward to their visit to Los Angeles.

The Celtics, who have lost nine of 10, are 34-15 all-time in road meetings with the Clippers. They are 14-4 at Los Angeles since the 1984-85 season.

Boston lost 95-86 at home to the Clippers on Feb. 4, allowing Los Angeles to end a seven-game losing streak in the series.

After opening their seven-game road trip with a 110-80 win at Philadelphia on Feb. 7, the Celtics have lost three straight, including a 127-111 rout at NBA-best Sacramento on Tuesday.

Reserve Ricky Davis led Boston with 32 points on 11-of-12 shooting. All-Star Paul Pierce bounced back from a season-low four-point performance in his previous game to score 27 points.

“I love the game too much (to be frustrated),” Pierce said. “I didn’t even realize we lost nine of 10. To me, we only lost one in a row.”

Despite their recent struggles, the Celtics are currently tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Boston has made the playoffs the last two seasons after a six-year absence.

The Celtics released Vin Baker on Wednesday after the forward cleared waivers following his suspension for violating the terms of his alcohol treatment program. Baker, who was averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds, was placed on waivers last Friday after he missed the 10th straight game of his latest suspension for violating the terms of his alcohol rehabilitation aftercare agreement.

The move terminates Baker’s contract, and may allow the team to avoid paying him the $36 million he is owed for the remaining 2 1/2 years on his contract.

The Clippers are home for one game after going 3-6 on an NBA season-high nine-game road trip, capped by Wednesday’s 101-86 loss at Portland.

Los Angeles lost its fifth in a row despite the return of Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson, its leading and third-leading scorers.

The duo combined for 43 points and 13 rebounds.

Maggette was out with a bilateral hip bruise, and Richardson had a right thigh bruise. Both players missed last Wednesday’s 110-102 loss at Memphis.

Maggette has averaged 28.3 points in his last three games.

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