Celtics coach Rivers earns opportunity to coach East All-Stars

NEW YORK -- Boston coach Doc Rivers clinched the right to
coach in the All-Star Game with the Celtics' 109-93 victory over
the New York Knicks on Monday.

That improved the NBA's best record to 33-6 and guaranteed the
Celtics will have the best winning percentage in the Eastern
Conference through games of Feb. 3. Rivers and his staff will lead
the East team in New Orleans two weeks later.

The Celtics likely will have a few players, too. Kevin Garnett
was the leading vote-getter when totals were last released and
should get the nod when starters are announced Thursday. Paul
Pierce and Ray Allen could be there as reserves.

"This is a fantastic honor for our team, our players and our
coaching staff," Rivers said. "We look forward to proudly
representing the Eastern Conference at this year's All-Star Game.
We will have fun but we will be real competitive with the wonderful
gathering of All-Stars from our conference."

The West coach may not be decided for a while. Phoenix began the
day with the best record in the conference, but Mike D'Antoni is
ineligible because he coached in last year's All-Star Game.