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Walton, 36, returning to Lakers as head coach

Luke Walton is headed back to the Lakers -- this time as a head coach. The sides have agreed to a deal, with GM Mitch Kupchak saying "we feel he's going to start an outstanding" career here.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Austin Rivers' line heading into the fourth quarter: 19 points, 11 stitches, 6 assists.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers 82, Blazers 80 to start the 4th quarter. Austin Rivers has 19 points and scored 14 in the third quarter alone after getting 11 stitches around his left eye.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

An odd third quarter in Portland, as the Trail Blazers trail the Clippers 82-80. Portland made their first seven attempts from behind the 3-point line, yet were outscored in the period 34-30. Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers with 25 points. Mo Harkless has 14.

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Luke Walton is headed back to SoCal. He becomes the youngest head coach in the NBA and the eighth former Laker to become LA's coach.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Austin Rivers, who has 11 stitches around his left eye, has scored 18 points for the Clippers with 13 in the third quarter alone.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

At the half, the Trail Blazers lead the short-handed Clippers 50-48. Portland can't find the basket without a searchlight from long range -- 4-for-16 from beyond the arc. They're shooting only 40 percent from the field and, to make matters worse, they have managed only seven free throw attempts. The good news for the Trail Blazers: They're controlling the glass, recovering 50 percent of their misses, and have kept their turnovers in check (only six).

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Halftime: Blazers 50, Clippers 48. Damian Lillard has 14 points. Jamal Crawford has 22 points off the bench. No other Clipper has more than 8 points.

‘Purple Shirt Man’ jaws with Dwyane Wade

The fan kept talking and Wade kept draining clutch shots.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Dwyane Wade in the locker room what he and the Purple Shirt Dude were saying to one another. Wade said the Charlotte fan kept telling him, "You should retire." Wade's response (G-rated version): "Not yet!"

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

The Trail Blazers can't quite shake the undermanned Clippers. They maintain a thin 42-40 lead, and continue to shoot below 40 percent for the game. Damian Lillard leads Portland with 14 points. Mason Plumlee, in addition to flicking a running sky hook, has already grabbed 10 rebounds.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

I'm not sure if Austin Rivers can see much out of his left eye but he's back on the floor.

Luke Walton agreed to be Lakers' coach

The team and Walton have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for the 36-year-old to become the next head coach of the team. He'll begin his duties at the end of the Warriors' season.

Rivers bloodied after being hit by elbow

Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu accidently hits Clippers PG Austin Rivers with an elbow to an eye while fighting for a rebound and Rivers bleeds heavily. (Live on ESPN)

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Austin Rivers is back on the court after receiving four stitches above his left eye and seven stitches on the bottom.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Any contact in midair is dangerous but I don't see anything to suggest that Gerald Henderson's foul was flagrant.