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Clippers lose 95-87 to Pistons for 1st defeat of season

LOS ANGELES (AP) 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 3-point range. Blake Griffin had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan added 14 rebounds.

Griffin disagreed with Rivers' assessment.

''We made small, stupid mistakes as a team,'' he said. ''I didn't see anyone pointing fingers. We didn't make the right plays down the stretch. We just got stagnant at times.''

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

The Pistons dominated the fourth, outscoring the Clippers 28-15. They hit five 3-pointers, including the first of three in a row by Stanley Johnson that gave Detroit the lead for good.

The Clippers' first five baskets of the third came on 3-pointers and pushed their lead to 13 points. But they were limited to just two points over the final five minutes of the period and clung to a 72-67 lead heading into the fourth.

''The second half was tremendous,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''There was nothing easy or smooth about it. They physically manhandled us in the first half, got to the line a lot more than we did and everything else. But then we fought really hard in the second half.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Their six-game road skid against the Clippers ended. ... Jackson went over 5,000 points in his career.

Clippers: Griffin made two 3-pointers, giving him multiple 3s in a career-best five straight games.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Visit defending NBA champion Golden State on Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back.

Clippers: Host the Warriors on Monday.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
B. Griffin
32 F
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
26.3 Pts. Per Game 26.3
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
58.6 Field Goal % 48.3
56.3 Three Point % 52.0
70.0 Free Throw % 70.0
  Bad pass turnover on Patrick Beverley 0:18
+ 1 Avery Bradley made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
  Team rebound 0:27
  Avery Bradley missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  Personal foul on Patrick Beverley 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Avery Bradley 0:27
  Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:29
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:30
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:30
  Personal foul on Patrick Beverley 0:30
  Personal foul on Lou Williams 0:32
Team Stats
Points 95 87
Field Goals 36-88 (40.9%) 28-84 (33.3%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 15-38 (39.5%)
Free Throws 14-21 (66.7%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 61 60
Offensive 12 15
Defensive 38 36
Team 11 9
Assists 16 19
Steals 11 6
Blocks 6 6
Turnovers 12 18
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 1 0
15 PTS, 17 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pistons 4-2 2718222895
home team logo Clippers 4-1 2431171587
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 4-2 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Clippers 4-1 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Drummond C 15.0 PPG 16.0 RPG 3.0 APG 52.9 FG%
A. Rivers G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Drummond C 15 PTS 17 REB 1 AST
A. Rivers G 20 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
40.9 FG% 33.3
32.1 3PT FG% 39.5
66.7 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jackson 32 15 4 7 1 0 4 2 6/15 1/3 2/2 2 2 30 +16
A. Drummond 33 15 17 1 2 3 3 2 7/10 0/0 1/2 4 13 36 +12
A. Bradley 30 12 5 2 4 0 2 1 4/15 0/2 4/6 1 4 23 +10
T. Harris 19 12 1 1 0 0 0 4 4/7 2/3 2/2 1 0 15 +5
S. Johnson 31 9 4 1 2 0 0 1 3/7 2/4 1/2 0 4 17 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jackson 32 15 4 7 1 0 4 2 6/15 1/3 2/2 2 2 30 +16
A. Drummond 33 15 17 1 2 3 3 2 7/10 0/0 1/2 4 13 36 +12
A. Bradley 30 12 5 2 4 0 2 1 4/15 0/2 4/6 1 4 23 +10
T. Harris 19 12 1 1 0 0 0 4 4/7 2/3 2/2 1 0 15 +5
S. Johnson 31 9 4 1 2 0 0 1 3/7 2/4 1/2 0 4 17 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Galloway 17 13 2 0 0 0 0 1 5/9 3/7 0/0 0 2 15 -2
A. Tolliver 25 8 4 2 1 2 0 3 3/8 1/5 1/3 2 2 19 +9
I. Smith 15 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 4/6 0/1 0/0 0 2 12 -8
J. Leuer 13 2 5 1 0 1 1 3 0/4 0/0 2/2 1 4 9 -1
R. Bullock 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 1 2 -6
E. Moreland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -6
H. Ellenson 12 0 5 0 1 0 2 3 0/5 0/2 0/0 1 4 4 0
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 95 50 16 11 6 12 20 36/88 9/28 14/21 12 38 182 +40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 33 20 4 1 4 0 2 1 6/12 6/8 2/2 2 2 28 0
B. Griffin 38 19 11 4 0 0 2 3 5/18 2/6 7/10 2 9 36 -3
D. Gallinari 38 13 6 2 0 0 3 2 4/16 3/10 2/2 0 6 20 -13
P. Beverley 36 9 2 8 2 1 4 3 3/9 3/5 0/0 0 2 26 -1
D. Jordan 35 7 14 0 0 3 2 2 3/6 0/0 1/3 8 6 22 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 33 20 4 1 4 0 2 1 6/12 6/8 2/2 2 2 28 0
B. Griffin 38 19 11 4 0 0 2 3 5/18 2/6 7/10 2 9 36 -3
D. Gallinari 38 13 6 2 0 0 3 2 4/16 3/10 2/2 0 6 20 -13
P. Beverley 36 9 2 8 2 1 4 3 3/9 3/5 0/0 0 2 26 -1
D. Jordan 35 7 14 0 0 3 2 2 3/6 0/0 1/3 8 6 22 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 21 10 2 3 0 0 2 1 3/9 1/4 3/3 0 2 16 -7
W. Reed 11 4 2 0 0 1 3 3 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -7
S. Thornwell 9 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 1/3 0/1 1/2 2 1 7 -9
W. Johnson 12 2 7 1 0 0 0 2 1/7 0/3 0/0 1 6 11 +4
S. Dekker 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -2
M. Harrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 87 51 19 6 6 18 18 28/84 15/38 16/22 15 36 170 -40