DeAndre Jordan’s career night helps Clippers turn back Celtics

  • 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 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)

    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)

  • Boston 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)

    Boston 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)

    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)

    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 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 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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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 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 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)

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BOSTON — DeAndre 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.

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-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 (his eighth slam of the game, four in the opening quarter) and Harris followed with a three-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-pointer from the left wing.

TIP-INS

Clippers: 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 COMMOTION

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. Later, he danced when he was shown on the video board.

STREAK CONTINUES

Williams scored 15 or more points for the 27th consecutive game, the league’s second longest active streak.

NICE START

The 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 NEXT

Clippers: 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.

More to come on this story.

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