Boston Celtics defeat Los Angeles Clippers, 90-77

The Celtics have spent much of the season crafting strategies to clinch victories early in order to rest their starters.

That R&R plan worked out well last night in a 90-77 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Banknorth Garden.

Kevin Garnett played 18 minutes, his first-quarter presence helping lift the Celtics to a 31-18 lead and his third-quarter play launching them on a clinching 18-2 run.

The Celtics seemed to be clicking on most cylinders in Garnett's thi...