Prep work

BOSTON -- After a brief postgame news conference that centered mainly on the slippery court caused by unseasonably warm temperatures in Boston on Monday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers stood up from the lectern and declared, "It's time to go home and watch '24.'"

Rivers needed a little drama after Boston's nondescript 95-89 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden.

For the first three quarters, the sweaty court was the story of a game in which the combatants combined to shoot a meager 41.8 percent (49 of 117) from the floor.

Kendrick Perkins' jumper to start the third quarter gave Boston a lead it wouldn't relinquish, and Rasheed Wallace's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter helped the Celtics build a double-digit advantage. Boston, even as it struggled to put the game away at the free throw line, fended off the Clippers from there.

"We are not perfect," Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said. "Some nights we make it look easy and other nights we make it look difficult, but that's what it is."

After a thriller between the teams in Los Angeles last month that ended with Baron Davis draining the winning basket over Rajon Rondo, the Celtics made it look dreadfully boring Monday.

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