The "great teams" find a way to win games when they return home tired from a grueling trip.
The Clippers returned home early Sunday from a seven-game, 13-day East Coast trip having won their last game to build a little momentum before they played the Spurs.
"San Antonio, they find a way to win those games," Rivers said before the game. "And all the great teams do, and we have to as well."
The Clippers won their second straight game because their stars played like stars and their role players played their roles.
"It tells you that they are into it mentally," Rivers said after the game. "This would have been an easy game to have an excuse. It's what I said before the game, San Antonio always finds a way to win these games when they come off the rodeo trip. So we found a way today to win the game."
Then there was the effort from the role players like
Crawford, who started his second consecutive game at shooting guard, had 17 points, Dudley 14 and Green 11 off the bench.
Jordan had 11 rebounds, seven points and three blocked shots.
The Spurs lost point guard
If the Clippers were a weary team from all of their traveling, they didn't show any signs of slowing down in the second quarter.
It was when they got down by 10 points at the start of the second quarter that the Clippers seem to become an energized team.
They went on a 19-0 run, looking like a team that was full of energy, opening a lead that grew to 10 points in the second quarter.
"I think they wanted to win really bad," Rivers said. "They are playing a great team. I guess the only silver lining in this tough game is that the team you play, it's easy to get up for. They are a great team. They were in the [