It wasn't the cleanest loss, but the Sixers managed to hang around until the end against a Clippers team that, at one point, looked set to blow them out of the gym. Blake Griffin led all scorers with 26 points, while Chris Paul went for 25 points and 13 assists and Deandre Jordan chipped in 11 points and 21 boards as the Clippers beat the Sixers 94-83.
The Sixers held an opponent under 100 points for only the third time all season, but it wasn't really a stalwart defensive effort. The Clippers shot 42.7 percent from the floor, which beat the heck out of the Sixers' 35.9 percent mark. The two teams combined to miss 40 three-point attempts on the night, which seems low, because before I looked at the stat sheet, I'd have sworn that Willie Green and James Anderson had combined to go 3-for-71 on their own.
Former Sixer Willie Green bricked his first five three-pointers, but was let off the hook by the Sixers as a whole, who went the entire first half proving that you miss 100 percent of the three-point shots you do take. Tony Wroten bagged the Sixers' first triple almost four minutes into the third quarter, which is troubling for many reasons, not least of which is that you don't really want Wroten shooting from 25 feet.
What was an eight-point game at halftime turned into a flat stage in the Tour de France in the second half. The Clippers burst out to a 13-0 run out of the break, but over the next 20 minutes, the Sixers slowly reeled them back in, cutting the lead to seven a few times. With 1:32 to play, Hollis Thompson banked in a layup that would've cut the lead to five, but he was called for a charge, the basket waved off and the Clippers consolidated their lead from there.
But Wroten persevered gamely, with a spectacular 90-foot pass to Evan Turner among his more creative moments in a losing effort. Wroten shot an execrable 2-for-10 from the floor, but made up for it with seven assists, 10 rebounds and four free throws to threaten a Rondo-Style Triple Double. Turner flashed hot and cold, taking a game-high 23 shots and going for 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
You can find the opposition recap at Clips Nation. Minnesota's up next on Wednesday.
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