Tip-Off for 2/4/13 (featuring Stevie Wonder): The Boston Celtics knock off the Clippers in the face off rumors; new look Raptors fall to Heat

(Miami Herald.com)

LeBron James couldn’t attend the Super Bowl, so he orchestrated big game performance.

With rumors of no one on the Boston Celtics roster being untouchable, players still have to play with one ear listening for their cell phone to ring. The Celtics — who will be without Jared Sullinger for the remainder of the season, were able to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-104.

The Toronto Raptors fumbled away their lead — which was as large as eight points to the Miami Heat. Early second half turnovers contributed to the Raptors poor second half in a 100-85 defeat.

Celtics 106 – Clippers 104 – The Celtics were out rebounded 41-29. Paul Pierce led Boston with 22 points and Brandon Bass added 8 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 23 points and 10 assists. Blake Griffin pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Lakers 98 – Pistons 97 – The Lakers were without Dwight Howard (shoulder). Kobe Bryant scored 18 points. Pau Gasol led Los Angeles with 27 points and Steve Nash had 10 assists. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Heat 100 – Raptors 85 – The Heat held the Raptors to 35 second half points. Miami has now won 10 games in a row. Toronto shot only 37 percent for the game. LeBron James led Miami with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 29 points and Demar DeRozan added 27 points and 3 assists.

The Lineup:

Take a moment to remember Rosa Parks today. It’s her 100th birthday (HipHopandPolitics).

Iran is prepared for nuclear talks (Wall Street Journal).

Jay-Z and Beyonce backstage (In Flex We Trust).

Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco could be franchised (In Flex We Trust).

Tough day for the 49ers Chris Culliver (Pro Football Talk).

Ravens Ed Reed said he will be back (NFL.com).

Players who should enter the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest (Mike and McGoutry).

Twenty-four million tweets for Super Bowl XLVII (Hollywood Reporter).

Was the Superdome blackout that bad (Time).

Here are yesterday’s commercials (Washington Post).


Was pleasantly surprised to see Stevie Legend in those Super Bowl ads.


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