L.A. Clippers hand Doc Rivers his 800th career win as coach

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The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 at Staples Center on Saturday and handed head coach Doc Rivers a milestone win in the process.

The victory was the 800th of Rivers' coaching career, making him only the 15th coach in NBA history to notch that mark. Only Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs (1,146) has more among active coaches.

He has achieved the feat over a 19-year coaching period which has seen him take charge of the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and now the Clippers.

Speaking before the game, Rivers said: “What I’ve learned most as a coach is persistence and patience. Patience with the players and myself. As a young

"As a young coach you have a tendency to overreact to everything and change everything. I’ve learned not to sweat everything.”

Blake Griffin scored 36 points and Chris Paul added 29 points to give Doc the milestone in front of his home fans in Los Angeles.

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Griffin also had something to celebrate as he reached 10,000 points with the Clippers, becoming only the second player in franchise history to reach that number. 

But the franchise has bigger things to worry about and their only concern this year is to win a championship. 

Whether through health or bad form, the L.A. outfit has been largely inconsistent this campaign and are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference standings. 

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With CP3 and Griffin heading into free agency this summer, this year's playoffs may be a defining period for the organisation heading into the future. 

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