They blew a 15-point first quarter lead, then a 17-point fourth quarter lead on Wednesday, allowing the
"They need to defend," Rivers said. "That's how we fix it. It's not that hard and they can do it and they've done it. They've shown they can do it and they will do it."
In the plus/minus category, all of the reserves finished with minuses Wednesday, including
Scoring is not the problem for this team. Entering Wednesday's game, the Clippers were leading the league in field goal percentage (averaging 48.4% a game) and three-point percentage (38.5%), and they ranked third in points per game (107.1).
The Clippers can get the big leads, and they've shown that they can keep them. Before Wednesday's win over Indiana and Monday's win over Phoenix (121-120), the Clippers had won five straight games by at least 16 points.
"The important thing is that we kept fighting even though we let those leads slip up," Crawford said. "I'd rather learn our lesson in a win. I'd much rather have it that way."