Pis­tons hand Clippers first de­feat

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LOS AN­GE­LES— The Clippers didn’t pass Doc Rivers’ eye test.

He saw fin­ger point­ing and blame in the se­cond half of a 95-87 loss to the Detroit Pis­tons on Satur­day night that was the Clippers’ first de­feat in five games, leav­ing the NBA with­out an un­beaten team this sea­son.

“We lost the lead be­cause our heads weren’t right,” said Rivers, who used pro­fan­ity in his postgame com­ments. “We are never go­ing to be a good team if we play and act like that.”

The Clippers stalled with 19 turnovers.

“You put your­self in that po­si­tion when you turn the ball over 19 times,” said Pa­trick Bev­er­ley, who had a team-high four mis­cues, “but that’s some­thing we can con­trol and we will.”

An­dre Drum­mond had 15 points and 17 re­bounds, Reg­gie Jack­son added 15 points and Langston Gal­loway had 13 off the bench for the Pis­tons.

“It’s a big con­fi­dence booster,” An­thony Tol­liver said. “Ob­vi­ously these guys be­ing un­de­feated. They’re play­ing at a very high level.”

Danilo Gal­li­nari hit a 3-pointer that left the Clippers trail­ing 92-87. But he strug­gled of­fen­sively, go­ing 4 of 16 from the field and miss­ing 7 of 10 3-point­ers. The Clippers shot 33 per­cent for the game.

Jack­son made a pair of free throws with 30 sec­onds left that sent the home fans head­ing for the ex­its.

“We just be­lieve in each other,” Jack­son said. “We all have our roles, but we know we’re go­ing to do it col­lec­tively. We don’t know how it’s go­ing to get done ev­ery sin­gle day but we’re all just hold­ing our­selves to a stan­dard that we’re go­ing to play 48 min­utes.”

Austin Rivers scored 20 points for the Clippers, go­ing 6 of 8 from 3point range. Blake Grif­fin had 19 points and 11 re­bounds, and DeAn­dre Jor­dan added 14 re­bounds.

The Clippers were 15 of 38 from 3-point range.

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