“Our competitive spirit, our defense, our overall chemistry,” Rivers said. “We have a willing to pass the ball. We have a willingness to cheer people up. I had a rough game (Thursday against the Lakers). The whole bench was, like, ‘Keep your head up.’ Last year, I would have been on my own.
“A lot of guys had rough games and we just stuck with it. That’s why we won by (16). Last year, if we would have had that bad of a game I don’t know what the score would have been. We still defended. We were still, like, ‘Next shot, next shot.’ It’s a different vibe here.”