The Los Angeles Clippers were determined to get their 15th straight win last night against the Boston Celtics. They held a 10 point lead after the first quarter. By the time TNT switched to the game, the Clippers were already up 15 points and took a 13 point lead into the half. They would not look back. Behind 15 points and eight rebounds from Blake Griffin, the Clippers would cruise to a 106-77 victory over the Celtics dropping Boston to 14-14 on the year and 5-9 away from TD Garden. More here.
The Brooklyn Nets have fired the reigning Eastern Conference Coach of the Month, Avery Johnson. Johnson had his team 11-4 out of the blocks and off to their best start in franchise history. They hit a stumbling block in December going 3-10 beofre Johnson was relieved of his duties yesterday. Despite the poor month of December, the Nets are still 14-14 on the year with time to turn it around. The move caught Johnson by surprise. The Nets are reportedly interested in Phil Jackson or Stan van Gundy as the next head coach. There is no word yet on if Jackson is interested while van Gundy stated he is not interested. More here.
One of the most famous Japanese sluggers to play in the majors retired yesterday. Hideki Matsui retired after 10 big league seasons, seven with the Yankees and one each with the Angels, A’s and Rays. Matsui’s best regular season came in 2004 when he hit 31 homeruns, drove in 108 RBI, while batting .298 with a .390 on base percentage. He is most widely known in Philadelphia for his performance in the 2009 World Series in which he led the Yankees to the crown over the Phillies in six games. Matsui hit .349 with four homeruns and 13 RBI in the 2009 postseason, his last with the Yankees. More here.