Jor­dan has 30 points and 13 re­bounds, Clip­pers beat Celtics

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BOS­TON (AP) — DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 30 points and 13 re­bounds and the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers beat the Bos­ton Celtics 129-119 on Wed­nes­day night for their fourth victory in five games.

To­bias Har­ris added 21 points, Danilo Gal­li­nari had 20, and Lou Williams 19.

Kyrie Irv­ing led Bos­ton with 33 points and eight as­sists. Al Hor­ford had 20 points, and Mar­cus Mor­ris added 13 points and 11 re­bounds.

The Celtics lost for the fourth time in five games, a stretch that has seen them fall be­hind Toronto for the best record in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

Bos­ton had opened a 99-95 lead early in the fi­nal quar­ter on Terry Rozier’s 3 from the left wing be­fore the Clip­pers went on 10-0 run over a 1:57 stretch.

Williams sparked the spree by scor­ing the ini­tial six points, with the first 3 com­ing on a shot from be­yond the arc in front of the Celtics’ bench. He added a con­ven­tional 3-point play after his driv­ing bas­ket.

Los An­ge­les saw its lead sliced to three twice be­fore Jor­dan had an al­ley-oop dunk and Har­ris fol­lowed with a 3-point play with just un­der three min­utes to play.

Williams’ 3-point play made it 126-116 in the fi­nal two min­utes.

In the third quar­ter, the lead changed hands 10 times in the fi­nal 3:11, with the Clip­pers tak­ing the fi­nal one, 93-91, on Har­ris’ 3 from the left wing.

Clip­pers: The are 5-2 since they sent Blake Grif­fin to Detroit in block­buster trade on Jan. 29. ... For­mer Celtics G Avery Bradley got a nice ova­tion dur­ing pregame in­tro­duc­tions.

Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens said G Mar­cus Smart (cut, right hand) will start prac­tic­ing next Wed­nes­day, and that he put the team in a “tough po­si­tion” with the in­jury that he suf­fered when he cut his hand on glass at the team ho­tel in Los An­ge­les in late Jan­uary.

Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski walked into the arena early into the third quar­ter, bring­ing cheers and a loud re­ac­tion from the fans sit­ting be­hind the bas­ket where Irv­ing was shoot­ing free throws.

He waved to the fans when he walked past the stan­chion to his front-row seat.

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