1033 GMT March 25, 2019
The younger Rivers scored 19 points in 28 minutes, Blake Griffin added 18 and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Utah Jazz 88-75 in their home opener AP reported.
Jamal Crawford had 12 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds despite spraining his right thumb.
George Hill led the Jazz with 18 points and reserve Dante Exum added 10. Johnson, who had 29 points in his Utah debut, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.
Johnson was effective to start the game, including a sequence in which he hit a jumper, stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer that gave Utah its first lead. That's when Rivers came off the bench.
"I honestly didn't think we would go with him that early with Joe," Doc Rivers said. "He actually was very effective on Joe because Joe had it going and once he got it going, we figured throw Austin in and see what we can do."
The Clippers took the lead for good in the second quarter on Griffin's fast-break dunk. It was part of a 22-4 run over both halves that pushed their lead to 49-35. Six different Clippers contributed to the spurt, led by Griffin's seven points.
"Last year we were trying to figure out each other and not get in each other's way," the younger Rivers said. "Now the group has one goal. Everyone is focused on winning."
Rivers scored six of the Clippers' first eight points in the fourth, extending their lead to 77-56. The backup was 8 of 11 from the floor.
The Jazz never got a sustained run going in the second half. Two free throws by Exum drew them within eight late in the third, the closest they came in the half.
"I don't think we played well offensively, our defense kept us in the game for a while, but some of our better players struggled," Utah coach Quin Snyder said.