DeAndre Jordan’s career night helps Clippers turn back Celtics

first_imgKyrie 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.The Celtics allowed more than 120 points for the second straight game, surrendering a season-high to the Clippers after giving up 121 against Cleveland on Sunday.Boston hadn’t allowed 120 before the last two games.“We couldn’t guard them all night,” Stevens said. “So that had nothing to do with the start, middle or finish.”The Celtics are 6-9 in their last 15 games.“The theme here is our defense needs to be better,” Horford said. “We’re a group that’s built what we have so far based on the defensive end. We’ve taken a big step back on that, it’s obvious, the last few games.”Boston had opened a 99-95 lead early in the final quarter on Terry Rozier’s 3-pointer 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 three coming on a shot from beyond the arc in front of the Celtics’ bench. He added a conventional three-point play after his driving basket.The Clippers saw their lead sliced to three twice before Jordan had an alley-oop dunk and Harris followed with a three-point play with just under three minutes to play.Williams’ three-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 at 93-91 on Harris’ 3-pointer from the left wing.TIP-INSClippers: The are 5-2 since they sent Blake Griffin to Detroit in blockbuster trade on Jan. 29. … Former Celtics guard Avery Bradley got a nice ovation during pregame introductions.Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens said guard 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.GRONK COMMOTIONPatriots 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. Later, he danced when he was shown on the video board.STREAK CONTINUESWilliams scored 15 or more points for the 27th consecutive game, the league’s second longest active streak.NICE STARTThe Clippers opened a 31-17 lead late in the opening quarter and led 34-25 after one. They held the lead for the entire first half, holding a 61-57 edge at intermission.UP NEXTClippers: At Golden State on Feb. 22. They’re 1-2 against the Warriors this season, with all three games decided by double digits.Celtics: At Detroit on Feb. 23. The teams have split two games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reaches to block a shot by Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Clippers defeated the Celtics 129-119. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, right, passes the ball as he is pressured by Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks during the second quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and forward Tobias Harris (34) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc River calls to his players during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes dunks during the first quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, left, vie for a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, rear, prepares to block a shot by Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) reaches to try to block a shot by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Clippers defeated the Celtics 129-119. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, right, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) watch the ball get away during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Clippers defeated the Celtics 129-119. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Clippers defeated the Celtics 129-119. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens calls to his players during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley (11) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford, left, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Clippers defeated the Celtics 129-119. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reaches to block a shot by Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Clippers defeated the Celtics 129-119. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, right, passes the ball as he is pressured by Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, right, passes the ball as he is pressured by Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)ExpandBOSTON — Guarding DeAndre Jordan in the paint is hard enough.When he’s making his free throws, that makes it a much bigger problem.Jordan had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds and the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 129-119 on Wednesday night for their fourth victory in five games.The 6-foot-11 center, a 59 percent shooter from the free-throw line coming into the game, went 8 for 9, including hitting all four when Boston coach Brad Stevens called for his team to foul him twice intentionally.center_img “Made his free throws,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We were jokingly saying: ‘When we find the hot hand, keep going to it.’”Tobias Harris added 21 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, and Lou Williams 19.Jordan seemed to feed off Boston’s poor pick-and-roll defense every time the Clippers needed a basket. He had eight dunks, four in the opening quarter.“Whenever I’m setting picks and rolling, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense,” he said.Jordan finished 11 for 14 from the field. He entered hitting 64.7 percent of his shots this season.last_img read more

DD TRAVEL: PUT PRETTY PRAGUE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-SEE CITIES

first_imgIf you’re thinking about taking a city break this summer, consider Prague. Think real-life Disneyland, minus the kids. The Czech Republic capital city’s spire-sprinkled skyline features castles, cathedrals and impressive bridges, and every corner has a story to tell.St. Nicholas Church (left) and Prague Castle District in the background copyThings to do:Charles BridgeA free walking tour through the entire city will teach you all you need to know about the royalty and rebels of the country. Admire the beautiful blend of architectural styles, from Art Nouveau to Baroque. In a city where beer is cheaper than water, it’s easy to chill out with a beverage at any time of the day. Have some wine in the grand Prague Castle vineyards or sip beers in boat hotels along the Vltava River.Prague’s Old Town Square is the perfect place to relax beneath the intricate astronomical clock and watch the world go by. The open space is a feast of smells and sounds. Pigs roast on spits, potatoes are stirred in huge pots over open fires and street vendors beat and weld medieval trinkets.At night, Old Town Square pulses out a fairytale feel as the gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn lights up and looms over night-time revellers and street entertainers.Scaling the heights is a must in Prague. The Old Town Hall observation floor provides impressive views of the castle district from right above the city’s beating heart. The entire city is also viewable from a miniature Eiffel Tower on Petrin Hill. The Petrin Tower is set among landscaped gardens which make for a perfect quiet retreat from the hustle of the city streets. Make sure to sample the traditional Czech cuisine of Svíčková – beef swimming in cream sauce topped in cranberry, with dumplings on the side. To say that Svíčková is filling would be a major understatement. Wander away from the major tourist areas and you will be rewarded with interesting restaurants like ‘Nostress’, a chic Asian-French fusion restaurant, or the hip rooftop terrace eatery ‘Cowboys and Cocktails’.Prague is great for the culture vulture who can visit the many opera houses and art exhibitions.Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before TýnA more interactive culture experience can be had by taking a Ghost Tour through Old Town. A cape-clad storyteller leads the way through lamp-lit alleys while he tells stories of the gruesome and alchemic happenings that took place on those very streets. A more relaxed exploration of the city can be taken through one of the many river cruises.Flights to Prague take approx 2 and a half hours. Aer Lingus fly direct from Dublin. When choosing a hotel, consider somewhere outside the city centre as a cost-saving option. The Prague Metro is very regular, and will bring you into the heart of the city in no time.by Rachel McLaughlin DD TRAVEL: PUT PRETTY PRAGUE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-SEE CITIES was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:city breakczech republicholidaypragueTravellast_img read more