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Doc Rivers encouraged by Clippers' winning streak

By Broderick Turner

9:00 AM PST, December 23, 2013

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The Clippers are one of four teams in the Western Conference that has won 20 games, one of six in the entire NBA.

At 20-9, the Clippers have the fourth-best record in the West.

But what has encouraged Coach Doc Rivers the most are the improvements his team has been making.

Rivers saw a lot of that Sunday night, when the Clippers didn’t give in to the pressure and pulled out a hard-fought victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“I just like that our team is coming together,” Rivers said. “That’s good for us. A win like this, that’s good. These are the type of wins that bring your team closer and closer and closer and closer together. So I like that.

“We have a long ways to go in my opinion as far as play. But the one thing that is clear is that our team is coming together and that’s a big thing for us.”

The Clippers didn’t practice Monday but they will practice Tuesday in preparation for their Christmas-night game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Wednesday.

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