• Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and center Ivica Zubac defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and guard Lou Williams talk during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker dribbles during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, left, shoots as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, gestures as coach Doc Rivers watches during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George holds him during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac goes up for a dunk as Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder, left, and Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter reach for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers executive Jerry West, left, talks with team owner Steve Ballmer prior to the Clippers’ NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers yells to referees during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, rear, guards Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, drives past Boston Celtics guard Brad Wanamaker during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, reaches in on Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and forward Kawhi Leonard stand on the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, waits to shoot as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and forward Kawhi Leonard sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard liked what they saw from last season’s Clippers, heavy on heart but short on stars, so much so that they wanted to join them.

On a monumental evening for the franchise on Wednesday, they gave a good indication that they’ll be a good fit. Leonard and George combined for 42 points and the Clippers got significant contributions from a few holdovers as they rallied to win 107-104 in overtime, a happy ending to the Southern California natives’ first joint appearance as Clippers.

“That was the first glimpse of seeing how special this group can be,” reserve guard Lou Williams said in his walk-off interview.

Flanked by All-NBA talents George and Leonard, and also by the Clippers’ proven pick-and-roll punch of Williams (27 points) and Montrezl Harrell, it was Patrick Beverley who hit the dagger, burying a 3-pointer with 43.4 seconds left in overtime to give them a 107-102 lead.

A Jayson Tatum dunk brought Boston (11-3) within three points, but Tatum missed his next shot and Leonard blocked Kemba Walker’s 3-point attempt as time expired. The Clippers improved to 9-1 at home for the first time since 2005-06.

The Clippers (10-5) forced OT with a thrilling fourth quarter, when they were propelled by Leonard’s forceful right-handed jam over Daniel Theis and saved by Williams’ 13 points fourth-quarter points, including a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left and free throws, the Clippers rallied from a 10-point deficit with 6:15 left to tie it 97-97.

George finished with 25 points, five rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes, going 8 for 18 from the field, including 4 for 11 from 3-point range. Leonard had 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes, going 7 for 20 from the field, including 3 for 10 from the arc.

But it was Williams who finished as his team’s leading scorer, and the 6-foot-1 guard Beverley who turned in a 14-point, seven-assist, two-block, three-steal, career-best 16-rebound performance. That, according to Elias, makes him only the third starting guard since such records began being kept in 1973-74, to record such a stat line.

And then there were the stars, whose debut together was delayed initially by George’s ongoing recovery from offseason shoulder surgeries and, lately, by Leonard’s left knee contusion, which forced him to miss three games.

Clippers center Ivica Zubac was so eager to finally get the two-superstar show on the road that he let slip the news of Leonard’s availability at shootaround before ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski could: “We’re really good with only Kawhi. We’re really good with only PG. So when you put them two together, it’s gotta be good. So we’ll see it tonight.”

A few hours later at Staples Center, Clippers coach Doc Rivers confirmed his team would be two superstars strong, and then tried to temper expectations: “They’ve had a shootaround together, that’s it. We were sitting in the office today trying to think if we ever had two guys play in their first game (together) to have never have practiced, like one practice, and we couldn’t come up with one.”

The anticipation that had been building in the months since Leonard, the two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star, agreed to join the Clippers, who secured his services because they also were able to deal for Paul George, a six-time All-Star who had been in the running to win MVP for much of the previous season.

On stage together for the first time, the newly talent-infused ensemble – tabbed as title favorites by many entering the season – improvised and hit the right notes to start, when Leonard and George both hit 3-pointers to give the Clippers the very early 6-0 lead.

But with enthusiastic splotches of Celtics green throughout the sold-out crowd of 19,068, the Eastern Conference’s best team chipped away after Leonard left the court with his team leading 12-7, finishing the quarter down only 22-21.

It went back and forth from there, all the way until a thrilling fourth quarter that got the entirety of the crowd on its feet, trading dueling chants until the final overtime buzzer sounded.

The Clippers also missed notes, committing a season-high 23 turnovers.

Tatum led the Celtics with 30 points and Marcus Smart and Brad Wanamaker added 14 apiece. Boston was 1 for 18 from 3-point range in the first half before going 11 for 27 from beyond the arc after halftime.

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