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Clippers win in Rivers' return to Boston

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamal Crawford came up huge down the stretch, netting 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help the LA Clippers escape Boston with a 96-88 win over the Celtics in Doc Rivers' return to TD Bank Garden.

Rivers, who coached the Celtics to a 416-305 regular-season record and the 17th championship in club history, was traded to the Clippers in an unconventional move this past summer for a 2015 first round draft pick. Rivers spent nine seasons on the Celtics' bench, leading them to seven playoff appearances.

Chris Paul tallied 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the triumph while Blake Griffin scored 18 points. The Clippers improved to 3-2 on their season-long seven-game road trip.

Jeff Green poured in a game-high 29 points for Boston, which has lost two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Jordan Crawford had 20 points and nine assists and Brandon Bass registered 17 points with 12 boards.

12/11 22:12:08 ET

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