Austin Rivers won his first game against his father on Wednesday night as the New Orleans Hornets (13-26) defeated the Boston Celtics (20-18) 90-78 despite falling behind 21-10 in the early going and snapped the Celtics season high six-game win streak in the process.
The Hornets are on a tear themselves, having won six of their last seven games and seem to be getting into a nice rhythm after a miserable 5-25 start to the season marred by injuries to key players such as Eric Gordon and rookie stud Anthony Davis.
Five Hornets scored double figures in tonight’s game with Al-Farouq Aminu leading the way with 18 points while adding nine rebounds. Robin Lopez scored 17, Greivis Vazquez scored 15 and grabbed 11 boards as the Hornets enjoyed a 48-33 rebounding edge on the home team. Austin Rivers added eight points off the bench in a solid effort off the bench shooting 3-6 from the field in 23 minutes.
The Hornets were the more aggressive team throughout attacking the basket against what appeared to be a lethargic Celtics team getting to the foul line 31 times in contrast to Boston’s 16. Boston shot a brutal 37.5 percent from the line which is shocking considering they have shot a solid 78.6 percent for the season at the stripe.
Kevin Garnett led the way for Boston scoring 15 points. Paul Pierce had 12 though he had an off night shooting 5-16 from the field and missing two of his three free throw attempts. Jason Terry was the only other double digit scorer adding 12 points off the bench. Rajon Rondo scored seven points and added 11 assists.
The game was close for the most part, New Orleans led 44-43 at the half and had a 68-63 advantage after three quarters. Boston went cold from the field in the final frame, only scoring 15 points and shooting 7-23 while New Orleans expanded their lead to 87-71 in the final minutes.
The Celtics will host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night while New Orleans returns home for a showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.