Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/16/13
BOSTON -- Austin Rivers had a stop to make after Wednesday night's game at TD Garden. The rookie guard had to go see his father, and ... well, rub it in just a little. "Oh yeah, that's what I'm about to do right now. I'm about to get changed and go not to the locker room but to his office; be like 'What's up?'," the younger Rivers said after he and his fellow New Orleans Hornets beat Celtics coach Doc Rivers and his team, 90-78, ending Boston's six-game winning streak. Austin Rivers, struggling badly coming in, had his best game in a while, handling the pressure of playing against his dad to score eight points in 23 minutes off the bench. "It felt good just to go out there and compete," Austin said and he and his dad became the fourth father/son team in NBA history to play against each other. "At the end of the day I knew it was a different game and I didn't try to pretend like it wasn't. I think that helped me because I wasn't out there, like, 'Alright, just concentrate like normal' because then you're thinking too much.' "I just tried to go out like, 'You know what? I'm playing against a team I know, I'm going against my father, let's have fun and compete and help my team and see what happens.' I think that just helped me tonight and the team did the same thing and we really came out and competed and for us to come out here and beat a team like that after a back-to-back shows growth." After the game, his dad said, "It was strange. It was funny, the one time he did something I was about to say something and I didn't say it -- I caught myself. I forgot he was on the other team. Other than that, 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." The Hornets, who started 7-25 without guard Eric Gordon, have suddenly won six of their last seven games, winning in Philadelphia Tuesday night; and again in Boston Wednesday, with Gordon resting. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 18 points (12-for-13 from the foul line) and had nine rebounds, Robin Lopez scored 17 points and grabbed six boards and point guard Greivis Vasquez had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes. Anthony Davis, the first player taken in the last NBA draft, had 10 points and nine rebounds. The younger Rivers, who shared a hug with his dad before the game, entered with 4:19 left in the first quarter and scored four points in 14:41 of time in the first half. He came back in the third quarter and scored his team's last three points of the quarter. He made a late free throw, and said his knowledge of the Celtics helped him on defense. "I'm sure he hadn't slept in about three or four days," New Orleans coach Monty 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. I didn't grow up in that. The only guy that I know close to that was Grant Hill (son of football start Calvin), to have all that pressure to perform like that; but this is a different deal. I'm just glad that we got the win. I'm sure that he can enjoy it better because we won the game." The Hornets were down by 11 points in the first half, but took control of the game in the second half, putting it away with a late 12-0 run. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics, playing the fourth game of a season-high five-game homestand, with 15 points. Paul Pierce had 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, and Rajon Rondo posted 11 assists as the Celtics missed a chance to go to a season-high four games over .500. The Celtics were 6-for-16 from the foul line and 4-for-18 from the foul line. "We didn't play well. Just let our guard down," Doc Rivers said. NOTES: The younger Rivers came in averaging 15.3 minutes, 2.1 points while shooting 21.1 percent from the field in the previous 10 games; his eight January games even worse. But he contributed Wednesday with Gordon resting and fellow rookie guard Brian Roberts going down with a sprained ankle in the first half. ... The Celtics end their homestand Friday night with a game against the still-Derrick Rose-less Bulls, while the Hornets are home for Golden State Saturday night. ... The Rivers became the fourth father-son combination where the father coached against the son. The others (coach first) were the Dunleavy's (Mike and Mike Jr.), the Karl's (George and Coby) and the van Breda Kolff's (Butch and Jan). ... Boston's Jason Terry's scoreless game Monday night was his first since Apr. 8, 2011, but the last time he played more than eight minutes was Dec. 26, 2006, when he went 0-for-10 from the floor, 0-for-6 from 3-point range, in 22 minutes against Utah while Terry was playing for Dallas. By the way, Terry has nicknamed the Boston bench the "Gangster Squad" after the current movie.
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