Clippers beat Celtics 96-88 in Doc Rivers’ return

Jamal Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help

the Clippers pull away in the last 3 minutes and former Celtics

coach Doc Rivers won his first game back in Boston when Los Angeles

beat the Celtics 96-88 Wednesday night.

Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points and Chris Paul

had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Blake Griffin

scored 18 points for the Clippers, who won for the seventh time in

10 games.

Jeff Green scored 29 points against his former coach, who was

traded to Los Angeles last summer for a first-round draft pick.

Jordan Crawford had 20 points and nine assists, and Brandon Bass

had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost their

second in a row.