Five takeaways from the Clippers’ 104-103 win over Portland

1. In past seasons, the Clippers would have complained and whined to the bitter end over a perceived slight.

But not this time. Not on Thursday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, not when they probably would have been in the right to explode over a controversial call that went against the Clippers.

That’s because Patrick Beverley would not let them wallow in self-pity. And because he was going to show mental fortitude, the rest of the Clippers had no choice but to follow.

The Clippers trailed 102-101 when Austin Rivers drove into the lane and drew a foul. He had fallen to the court in the process and dislocated his right pinkie finger as well.