Doc Rivers was triumphant in his emotional return to Boston after his Clippers side ran out 96-88 winners over the Celtics.

The former Point guard spent nearly a decade at the helm of the Celtics and, considering the acrimoniousness of his departure in the summer, there was plenty of intrigue surrounding his return. 

But the reception he received from the home fans was nothing short of rapturous.

"[The ovation] didn't surprise me because that's just the way -- you've got to live here to understand it -- that's just the way they are," he told ESPN. "It's an amazing fan base. It really is. And I just want everything to go well for them." 

And in an attempt to clear up any possible animosity between him and the fans he obviously holds in such high regard, Rivers went on to finally clear up his reasons for leaving earlier this year after the game.

"It would have been real hard to go through the whole re-build thing again," he said. "I was thinking at the time it was time to go. It was just time."

There is another reunion of sorts coming up as well when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett turn up in LA to face their former coach. But when questioned over which reunion would be more difficult for him, Rivers was left in no doubt. 

Oh, it's harder coming back here [Boston]. Playing against them, I see two guys that I love in a Brooklyn uniform.

"Coming back here, that's special to me. I get to walk under a banner that I helped get and see the fans and a lot of my friends. This day and half has been a lot of fun, but it's also been emotional, too."

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