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Tempers get better of Celtics

Rivers' outburst helps swing momentum to Hawks

Updated: January 12, 2010, 7:57 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- With Rasheed Wallace and Kendrick Perkins jockeying for the top spot on the NBA's technical foul leaderboard, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers last month texted both players his motto for the 2009-10 season: "He who angers you, owns you."

In the aftermath of Monday's 102-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Rivers wished he had considered his own message after a personal meltdown helped the visitors rally from a double-digit deficit at TD Garden.

The Hawks have won all three meetings ...

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