Though they were not whole, the Clippers still competed with what they had. And what they had was not enough to keep up with an Oklahoma City Thunder team starving for a win.
The Thunder broke a four-game losing streak with a 120-111 victory before 18,203 fans Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the fourth consecutive defeat for the Clippers.
The visitors figured to be outgunned, with Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) back in Los Angeles and with Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) and Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury to left foot) on the injured list.
“I loved it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I hate losing, don’t get me wrong. When you have guys out...