Jordan has 30 points and 13 rebounds, Clippers beat Celtics

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, right, passes the ball as he is pressured by Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past L.A. guard Austin Rivers during the Celtics’ loss Wednesday. AP

  • Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan (right) prepares to block a shot by Boston forward Al Horford during Wednesday’s game at TD Garden. AP

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, left, vie for a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens calls to his players during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc River calls to his players during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes dunks during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

Associated Press
Published: 2/15/2018 12:18:43 AM

BOSTON – DeAndre Jordan had 30 points and 13 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics, 129-119, on Wednesday night for their fourth victory in five games.

Tobias Harris added 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, and Lou Williams 19.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 33 points and eight assists. Al Horford had 20 points, and Marcus Morris added 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games, a stretch that has resulted in them falling behind Toronto for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Boston had opened a 99-95 lead early in the final quarter on Terry Rozier’s 3 from the left wing before the Clippers went on 10-0 run over a 1:57 stretch.

Williams sparked the spree by scoring the initial six points, with the first 3 coming on a shot from beyond the arc in front of the Celtics’ bench. He added a conventional three-point play after his driving basket.

Los Angeles saw its lead sliced to three twice before Jordan had an alley-oop dunk and Harris followed with a three-point play with just under three minutes to play.

Williams’s three-point play made it 126-116 in the final two minutes.

In the third quarter, the lead changed hands 10 times in the final 3:11, with the Clippers taking the final one, 93-91, on Harris’s 3 from the left wing.

Tip-ins

Clippers: The are 5-2 since they sent Blake Griffin to Detroit in blockbuster trade on Jan. 29. ... Former Celtics G Avery Bradley got a nice ovation during pregame introductions.

Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens said G Marcus Smart (cut, right hand) will start practicing next Wednesday, and that he put the team in a “tough position” with the injury that he suffered when he cut his hand on glass at the team hotel in Los Angeles in late January.

Gronk commotion

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski walked into the arena early into the third quarter, bringing cheers and a loud reaction from the fans sitting behind the basket where Irving was shooting free throws.

He waved to the fans when he walked past the stanchion to his front-row seat. Later, he danced when he was shown on the video board.

Streak continues

Williams scored 15 or more points for the 27th straight game, the league’s second longest active streak.

Dunk-fest

Jordan had eight dunks in the game, four coming in the opening quarter.

Nice start

The Clippers opened a 31-17 lead late in the opening quarter and led 34-25 after one. They held the lead for the entire first half, holding a 61-57 edge at intermission.

Up next

Clippers: At Golden State on Feb. 22. They’re 1-2 against the Warriors this season, with all the games decided by double digits.

Celtics: At Detroit on Feb. 23. The teams have split two games.




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