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Hornets win matchup of Doc, Austin Rivers 90-78
NEW ORLEANS 90, BOSTON 78

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) -- New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers sank a
layup and ran past the Boston Celtics' bench on his way back
down the floor.



Doc Rivers had to fight his fatherly instinct and ignore him.



"I was about to say something and I didn't; I caught myself. I
forgot he was on the other team," the Celtics coach said after
facing his son for the first time. "It's just a strange dynamic.
I didn't enjoy it, honestly. I know it's neat for everyone else,
but as a father, I don't know if I enjoyed that."



Greivis Vasquez had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Austin Rivers
won his first NBA game against his father on Wednesday night as
the Hornets beat Boston 90-78. New Orleans has won six of its
last seven games to escape the Western Conference cellar.



"I knew it was a different game and I didn't try to pretend like
it wasn't, and I think that helped me," the younger Rivers said.
"Now that this is out of the way, it will be a lot easier. I can
just go out there and not worry about, `Oh man, this is weird."'



Paul Pierce scored 12 points with 10 rebounds before fouling out
in the final minutes as the Celtics' six-game winning streak
came to an end. Kevin Garnett scored 15 and Rajon Rondo had 11
assists.



Pierce shot 5 for 16 from the floor and made one of seven
3-point attempts as Boston went 4 for 18 from beyond the arc.



The Hornets were worse, going 2 of 17 from 3-point range. But
they have won eight of 12 since an 11-game losing streak that
stretched through much of December.



"If you look at our record, we're in no position to laud or get
happy about a couple of wins," New Orleans coach Monty Williams
said. "We've got a lot of work to do. I'm more concerned about
our next practice - how our guys prepare and come focused for
that practice. That will tell me about our growth."



Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and nine rebounds and Anthony
Davis had 10 of each for New Orleans. Rivers scored eight
points, going 3 for 6 from the field and 2 for 4 from the line
while adding two fouls and an assist in 23 minutes.



"I'm not going to say anything too stupid," Austin Rivers said.
"At the end of the day, he has a lot more credentials or
whatever you want to call it than I do. This is just one little
moment for me."



Doc Rivers is the fourth coach to face his son in an NBA game,
joining Butch van Breda Kolff, Mike Dunleavy and George Karl. He
spoke briefly with his son before the game, but showed little
reaction during the game. The two embraced at the final buzzer.



"My dad didn't really say anything to me," Austin Rivers said.
"Just before the game and after the game that he loved me and
just told me to go out there and compete."



The younger Rivers got a big cheer from the opposing crowd when
he checked into the game with 4:19 left in the first half. Doc
Rivers leaned back to say something to the assistant coaches
sitting behind him and cracked a brief smile.



Austin Rivers spent much of his first stint on the court staking
out a position on the right side, which placed him in front of
the Celtics' bench; there was no interaction with his father's
team. With about a minute left in the first quarter, he muscled
a hook shot in for a basket, but his father had no reaction.



"I'm sure he hadn't slept in about three or four days," Williams
said. "That's a tough one: playing against your dad, your mom's
in the house, I'm screaming at him - and he goes out there and
keeps his poise. I don't understand that kind of pressure."



The Celtics opened a 21-10 lead but then allowed six straight
points, including a drive by Rivers. The Hornets scored 11
consecutive points midway through the second quarter to turn a
five-point deficit into a 38-32 lead; they led by one at
halftime, then scored the first eight points of the third
quarter to make it 52-43.



It was 61-49 when Pierce made a turnaround jumper and, after
Rondo swiped Vasquez's bad pass, Jason Terry hit a 3-pointer.
Jeff Green blocked Ryan Anderson, and Terry made a short jumper;
Terry had another 3 and, later in the quarter, a steal to set up
Pierce for a jumper in the final seconds that made it 67-63.



But the Celtics kept missing shots, failing to score from the
6:22 mark of the fourth quarter until 2:04 remained in the game.
By then, the Hornets had turned a four-point lead into an 87-71
advantage. Boston shot 7 for 23 in the fourth quarter.



Notes: The Hornets opened the game 3 for 13 from the floor and
missed all five of their 3-point attempts in the first period.
New Orleans also committed six turnovers in the first, yet
trailed just 25-20 after one. ... Celtics F Chris Wilcox did not
play for the second straight game. Doc Rivers said he was
available. ... Garnett passed Patrick Ewing and moved into 16th
place on the NBA's career scoring list.

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