Head coach Doc Rivers returned to Boston for the first time since taking the job in Los Angeles, along with Chris Paul's outstanding 22 point finish, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Boston Celtics 96-88.
"This is, it's just such a classy place here. ... They cheer for their teams and they love their athletes. The best decision I ever made was 10 years ago, when I decided to come," Rivers on the crowd in Boston.
After a tough first quarter, the Celtics late in the second quarter pull away with a comfortable nine point lead. They managed to maintain a 45-39 lead over the Clippers at halftime.
Both the Clippers and Celtics went back and forth defensively, while the Clippers bench continued to impress and kept them in the game heading into the fourth quarter.
With a tight 2 point Clipper lead in the fourth, speedy guard Darren Collision became the offensive aggressor and went on a 6-0 run of his own.
Later in the quarter, the Clippers lapsed on defensive assignments found themselves leading by two again with just three minutes left.
Jamal Crawford launched two huge three pointers that allowed them to elevate to victory.
The Clippers benched outscored the Celtics bench 34-4.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, and spoke about Rivers return. "It was a really special win. You could see his emotions. I don't know what he was going through inside."
Blake Griffin scored 18 points in 41 minutes of play against the Celtics.
Newly acquired veteran Stephen Jackson came off the bench and played just 12 minutes and shot 0-3 from the field as he continues to learn the system.
Antawn Jamison scored his 20000th point and is one of 20 in NBA history with those numbers.
Jeff Green finished with 29 points seemed to be by the return of his former coach, "It wasn't emotional. We were just trying to win a game, plain and simple."
Brandon Bass scored 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss with the new look Celtics.
Although Rivers came out to a thunderous ovation from the fans, he will finally see his two old players Kevin Garnett ad Paul Pierce, in a different uniform on Thursday night against the Nets in Brooklyn.
"Playing against them, I see two guys that I love in a Brooklyn uniform. Coming back here, that's special to me," said Rivers.