Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers received a standing ovation from Boston Celtics fans at the TD Garden Wednesday night as he returned to Boston for the first time since leaving the Celtics at the end of last season.
negotiated a deal to be released from his contract so that he could become coach of the Clippers.
Given the acrimonious circumstances under which Rivers left, it would have been understandable for some Celtics fans to have some hard feelings. However, the fans in attendance showed nothing but class and respect towards Rivers, cheering him during pregame warmups and especially during the pregame introductions.
Rivers was able to keep enough composure throughout the emotional night to help lead the Clippers to a 96-88 victory.
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