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Jordan has huge night, Clippers top C's

Field Level Media
February 14. 2018 11:51PM
Feb 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; LA Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) drives the ball against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and center Aron Baynes (46) in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports 

The Clippers and Celtics put on All Star-caliber performances in their final game before the break Wednesday night as Los Angeles ran past Boston 129-119 in a thriller at TD Garden.

DeAndre Jordan tallied a career-high 30 points with 13 rebounds and four steals, Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 to lead Los Angeles to the victory.

Of the eight Clippers who scored, all but one finished in double figures. Lou Williams scored 19 points off the bench and ex-Celtic Avery Bradley, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic added 10 for Los Angeles.

Kyrie Irving had a game-high 33 points and eight assists to pace the Celtics. Al Horford had 20 points, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris each contributed 13 and Jaylen Brown added 12 in the losing effort.

Los Angeles entered the All-Star break having won 13 of its last 18 games despite trading away franchise cornerstone Blake Griffin to Detroit during that stretch.

Boston has dropped four of five entering the break.

Jordan went 8 of 9 from the free-throw line, with a number of those shots coming down the stretch in the clutch.

At one point, Jordan exchanged words with Celtics coach Brad Stevens as he implemented the hack-a-Jordan strategy, with Stevens telling Jordan he was playing the numbers game.

The Celtics were outscored 36-28 in the final period.

A back-and-forth third quarter featuring six ties and 12 lead changes produced a 93-91 lead for the Clippers. Irving had 15 points in the period and 29 through three.

The Clippers led by as many as 14 in the first half before the Celtics pulled within 61-57 at halftime.

Boston won 113-102 when the teams first met Jan. 24 in Los Angeles.