Hornets win matchup of Doc, Austin Rivers 90-78

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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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. I caught myself," the Celtics coach said after facing his son for the first time. "It's a strange dynamic. I didn't enjoy it. I know it's neat for everyone else."

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.

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