The game was even more one-sided than the final score indicates; Boston trailed by as much as 36 points, with its starters only managing a total of 38 points in a match that was effectively decided by the end of the third quarter.

When asked by NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin to explain what happened Saturday night, Celtics guard Jrue Holiday got straight to the point.

"In plain terms, it was a good old-fashioned ass-whooping," Holiday stated in his postgame interview.

Holiday is optimistic that his team's disappointing loss to the Clippers can serve as a lesson to prevent future letdowns, especially after coming off of impressive victories.

There hasn't been much to criticize this season for the Celtics, who maintain a three-game lead in the Eastern Conference over the Milwaukee Bucks and rank among the NBA leaders in offensive rating (third) and defensive rating (second).

However, if they require motivation, they've recently suffered back-to-back losses at home to Western Conference powerhouses, including the Denver Nuggets (a 102-100 loss on Jan. 19) and the Clippers.

Boston has managed to avoid consecutive losses so far, indicating that they will likely come out focused for Monday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans at TD Garden.

It's not shocking that the Warriors only made 16 trips to the free-throw line in their heartbreaking 145-144 double-overtime defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night at Chase Center.

Prior to Saturday's game, they ranked 21st in the NBA in free-throw attempts this season, with a total of 962.

What was surprising was that they permitted the Lakers to go to the free-throw line a staggering 43 times.