NBA: Austin 1, Doc 0: Hornets prevail

2013-01-17T00:00:00Z NBA: Austin 1, Doc 0: Hornets prevailThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BOSTON - 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," said the younger Rivers, who scored eight points. "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.

• Magic 97, Pacers 86: In Orlando, Fla., Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Magic snap a six-game home losing streak.

• Bulls 107, Raptors 105, OT: In Toronto, Luol Deng hit a tiebreaking jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime and Chicago beat Toronto, its eighth victory in nine meetings against the Raptors.

• Thunder 117, Nuggets 97: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Martin had 20 and the Thunder snapped Denver's six-game winning streak.

Kevin Durant added 20 points and tied his career high with five steals as NBA-best Oklahoma City led wire-to-wire for just the second time this season.

• Mavericks 105, Rockets 100: In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo hit two free throws, and the Mavericks held off a Jeremy Lin-led surge to win.

Lin and James Harden combined to score the last 18 points for the Rockets, who erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got even at 97.

• Spurs 103, Grizzlies 82: In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help the Spurs extend their home winning streak to 13 games.

The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming just the third team to score more than 100 against the Grizzlies this year.

• Hawks 109, Nets 95: In Atlanta, Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the short-handed Hawks beat Brooklyn to stop the Nets' seven-game winning streak.

LeBron reaches 20k

OAKLAND, Calif. - LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points.

James eclipsed the milestone Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors when he made a short jumper with 2:45 left in the second quarter to give him 2,001 career points.

The previous youngest to score 20,000 points was Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who got there when he was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days on Wednesday.

In the first quarter, James also found Dwyane Wade slicing down the lane for his 5,000th career assist. He is the 13th player with 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.

The game was not over at the Star's press time.

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