Austin Rivers was inserted into the starting lineup along with Jamal Crawford and dropped a career-high 32 points in a close Clippers loss to OKC. Despite playing without starters Chris Paul and JJ Redick, Rivers avoided calling the defeat a moral victory.
“We just felt like toward the end of the game there we just made a couple of mistakes,” Rivers said. “So we were definitely looking to win. This wasn’t about a moral victory. We fought that whole game. It’s not like we are going home like, ‘Oh.’ We felt like we could compete. We competed and we just fell a little bit short.”