Brad Stevens

Celtics down Clippers 113-102 to snap 4-game skid

The Boston Celtics refused to panic, even as the Eastern Conference leaders were staring at a four-game losing streak.

One night after falling to the lowly Los Angeles Lakers, they returned to Staples Center to remind everyone why they're among the NBA's best at 35-14. The Celtics' defense hounded the Clippers all night, forcing 19 turnovers and holding them to 44.3 percent shooting in a 113-102 victory on Wednesday night.

"This is a hard league," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "You're going to have your ups and downs. We were really fortunate to win 16 games in a row earlier this year. We could have lost about 11 of them. Sometimes things go your way,...