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  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, collides with Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, right, while passing the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, collides with Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, right, while passing the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, center, drives toward the basket while under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), left, and guard Leandro Barbosa, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, center, drives toward the basket while under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), left, and guard Leandro Barbosa, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, center, drives toward the basket while under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), left, and guard Leandro Barbosa, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, center, drives toward the basket while under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), left, and guard Leandro Barbosa, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0), left, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12), right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0), left, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12), right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0), left, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12), right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0), left, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12), right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), right, tries to drive toward the basket past Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf , left, of France, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), right, tries to drive toward the basket past Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf , left, of France, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), right, tries to drive toward the basket past Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf , left, of France, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), right, tries to drive toward the basket past Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf , left, of France, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call from a referee as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21), of France, right, waits to go in during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call from a referee as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21), of France, right, waits to go in during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call from a referee as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21), of France, right, waits to go in during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call from a referee as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21), of France, right, waits to go in during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12), right, drives toward the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12), right, drives toward the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12), right, drives toward the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12), right, drives toward the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, looks for an opening around Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22), right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, looks for an opening around Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22), right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, looks for an opening around Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22), right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, looks for an opening around Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22), right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, collides with Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, right, while passing the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, collides with Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, right, while passing the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, collides with Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, right, while passing the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, center, drives toward the basket while under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), left, and guard Leandro Barbosa, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, center, drives toward the basket while under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), left, and guard Leandro Barbosa, right, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics center Jason Collins, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0), left, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12), right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0), left, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12), right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), right, tries to drive toward the basket past Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf , left, of France, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), right, tries to drive toward the basket past Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf , left, of France, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call from a referee as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21), of France, right, waits to go in during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call from a referee as Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf (21), of France, right, waits to go in during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, and Celtics guard Courtney Lee (11), right, react seconds after the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12), right, drives toward the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa (12), right, drives toward the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, looks for an opening around Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22), right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34), left, looks for an opening around Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22), right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Celtics defeated the Clippers 106-104. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, collides with Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom, right, while passing the ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston — The Celtics keep rolling without Rajon Rondo.

Not even a late comeback by one of the NBA’s best teams could keep Boston from beating the Los Angeles Clippers 106-104 yesterday and improve to 4-0 since a knee injury ended their 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 not to foul. “If I was going to do it, I would have fouled Courtney Lee early right when he got the ball.”

But he didn’t want to foul Pierce, an accurate shooter down the stretch whether from the field or the free throw line.

“Any time the game’s on the line, whether he missed 15 in a row, we know the last one’s good,” Celtics guard Jason Terry said.

The teams played without the point guards voted starters in the All-Star game in Houston on Feb. 17. Rondo has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. With Paul sidelined, the Clippers have lost five of seven games, including their biggest setback and lowest scoring game of the season, 98-73 at Toronto on Friday night.

“We’re just a little out of rhythm,” Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes said. “Guys are just playing a little out of position, but that’s no excuse.”

The Celtics also are missing rookie forward Jared Sullinger after he had season-ending back surgery Friday.

But they moved within 1 1-2 games of the Milwaukee Bucks for seventh place in the East and 3 1-2 ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the conference.

Jeff Green and Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points each for the Celtics and led a 52-point contribution from the bench. The Clippers were led by Bledsoe, replacing Paul, and Crawford, who made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, with 23 points each. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Heat 100, Raptors 85

Toronto — LeBron James scored 30 points, Chris Bosh had 28 against his former team and Miami beat Toronto for its 10th straight victory over the Raptors.

Dwyane Wade added 23 points as the Heat bounced back after Friday’s 102-89 loss at Indiana, ensuring that coach Erik Spolestra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars. The Heat clinched the best record in the East through Feb. 3 with the win. Had Miami lost, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson would have been in charge of the East’s bench.

Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 27. Kyle Lowry scored 10 points and Aaron Gray had 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four of five.

Lakers 98, Pistons 97

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and he contested Detroit’s last-second alley-oop attempt to help Los Angeles hold on for the win.

The Lakers blew an 18-point third-quarter lead but went back ahead for good on Kobe Bryant’s driving 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.

Bryant scored 18 points for the Lakers, who have won five of six, including their last two games without Dwight Howard. The All-Star center has been out with a right shoulder problem.

Greg Monroe had 20 points for Detroit and Will Bynum had 18 points and 10 assists.