Game #22 | December 9, 2013
Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

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PHILADELPHIA – A year ago, the Clippers closed out their longest road trip of the season with a wire-to-wire blowout win in Philadelphia. Ten months later, in the middle of a seven-game trip, they appeared headed that way again.

But after rolling to a 21-point third-quarter lead, the Clippers were forced to stave off a Sixers rally in the fourth to hold on for a 94-83 victory Monday at Wells Fargo Center.

Two days following, their lowest scoring effort of the season in Cleveland and playing without J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock, the Clippers (14-8) will likely take it.

They held the Sixers (7-15) to a season-low 36 points in the first half and 35.9 percent shooting for the game. It was the third game in a row the Clippers prevented an opponent from reaching at least 40 percent from the field.

“Since Atlanta our defense has been great,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said, referring to the opening game of his team’s road trip. “Our offense, right now, is not clicking. It did in the first half for a while and then we got away from it.”

What went right for the Clippers was their offensive execution. They were able to run off misses, to the tune of 28 fast-break points, and while they shot just 42.7 percent and missed far too many looks without a defender in sight, there was a force to their game that was absent in Cleveland.

“We started out the game doing what we should do,” Rivers said. “We spaced the floor. We went to Blake [Griffin] a lot down in the post and we got stuff out of it. That didn’t necessarily mean the play was scoring, but we played the first three quarters with actually a thought and a purpose.”

Griffin scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the first quarter. He went 9-for-14 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Chris Paul, who leads the NBA in assists, dished out 13 on Monday and added 25 points and three steals. And DeAndre Jordan, who played despite suffering a right foot strain in Cleveland, had 11 points and 21 rebounds, one shy of his career high.

Down three of their wing players, the Clippers’ stars controlled the game on both ends of the floor. Paul and Griffin made four field goals down the stretch and Jordan snared seven of his rebounds in the period. They came two Griffin rebounds shy of their fifth game this season with each player registering a double-double.

“All three of them were awesome,” Rivers said.

The poor shooting aside, the Clippers got stops when they had to, including Griffin swatting away two shots in the second half and drawing one of two charging call late in the fourth to force a Philadelphia turnover.

“It’s good to execute,” Griffin said. “Again, we had a game where we missed a lot of open shots, a lot of easy shots, so to have a game where we had to rely on our defense is nice.”

The defensive effort was aided by a 16-0 run between the end of the first half and first four minutes of the third quarter which ballooned their lead to 57-36. The Sixers never got closer than seven, despite scoring 11 of 13 points in one stretch of the fourth quarter.

After the game Paul, who nailed a 14-foot floater to ultimately halt the Sixers, talked about the difference-making run to open the half.

“We talked about it right before the second half started,” Paul said. “We didn’t want to come out flat. We’ve been doing that a lot this year, especially on the road. So, we tried to come out aggressive and we didn’t want to work our way into it. We wanted to run and pick up the pace and that gave us a little bit of a cushion.”

NOTES

It was the third win in a row by the Clippers in Philadelphia... The Clippers are 6-1 when totaling 20 or more fast-break points… Evan Turner scored 25 points with eight rebounds and five assists for Philadelphia… Jordan has had 16 or more rebounds in six games this season. He had just seven such games in his first five seasons combined… The Clippers had 10 steals…

QUOTES

Doc Rivers

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on what he would like to see moving forward on the road trip:

“I would like to make a shot, like in the next month or so. And we missed some, it was amazing. Having said that, I want them to keep taking the same open shots because the guys missing them, make them most of the time. They’re all open and they’re all missing shots, going through something.”


 

 

Clippers guard Chris Paul on the defense the last three games:

“We’ve been saying for a while that the coaches have put us in the right positions. We’ve just got to do it. We can’t just do it for one game. I think Boston’s going to be a huge game for us to see if we can carry this over.”


 

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on DeAndre Jordan:

“He’s been a different player from day one. For him, we need him to be our defensive anchor. He’s so important to what we do. He’s been a leader since day one.”

 

Clippers forward Blake Griffin on if he’s satisfied where the team is at so far this season:

“I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied, really, unless we were 22-0. There is always something you can get better at.”

 

76ers forward Evan Turner on what makes Chris Paul so special:

“His pace. He never gives up his dribble either. When you’ve got those two athletes with you, along with a couple of hot shooters, obviously he has the IQ and everything like that, and it just makes it tough.”

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By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten



PHILADELPHIA – The road trip moved from icy to a blizzard, and that’s just off the court.

The Clippers, who are in the midst of a seven-game road trip and have lost two of their first three, take on the 76ers Monday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, which was hit with a storm that dumped more than eight inches of snowfall, snarled traffic and caused hundreds of cancelled flights.

The trip has gone far from how the Clippers (13-8) envisioned it when they left Los Angeles a week ago. They went from talking about not being able to win them all without winning the first one to just wanting to win after losing by six in their poorest shooting performance of the season in Cleveland on Saturday.

“We’ve got to fix it,” Chris Paul said. “We’re going to try and make it as quick as possible.”

Fixing their ailments is made harder by a rash of injuries. Already without J.J. Redick (hand/wrist), Matt Barnes (eye) and Maalik Wayns (knee), the Clippers lost Reggie Bullock (sprained left ankle) and DeAndre Jordan (strained right foot) in Cleveland. Bullock is listed as doubtful against the 76ers (7-14) and Jordan is questionable.

“It will be a good test for us, I guess,” Blake Griffin said. “We’ll see how we respond Monday night.”

Philadelphia is possibly without star rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who missed the past two games with a skin infection on his right knee. Second-year point guard Tony Wroten will likely start if Carter-Williams cannot play.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

Blake Griffin vs. Thaddeus Young

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Griffin is coming off arguably one of his worst games of the season. He had 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting, missed a point-blank dunk and was out-rebounded by Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao. Young, on the other hand, recently scored 24 points or more in back-to-back games for only the fourth time in his career.

Both Griffin and Young are athletic and versatile with Griffin approaching 1,000 career assists and Young shooting a career-best from 3-point range (37.8 percent). Watch for Griffin to have a standout game against young. Not only is Griffin potentially going to be one of the Clippers’ only offensive options as their injuries mount, but he has never scored 10 points or fewer in consecutive games.

THINGS TO WATCH

1. The wing rotation. If Bullock cannot play, the Clippers will be forced to either play Jared Dudley extended minutes or use a lineup with Jamal Crawford and Willie Green or Darren Collison. The other alternative would be to slide 37-year-old Antawn Jamison down to the small forward spot for a few minutes, which is a position he played for most of his career. If Jordan and Bullock are unavailable, the Clippers will have just nine active players on Monday with two being exclusively big men (Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens) and two others (Paul and Collison) standing 6-foot-1 or shorter.

2. Road record. The 76ers are the second of six teams on the Clippers’ road trip that have a record under .500 as of Dec. 8 and are one of six teams from the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are 10-3 against the West this season, but have gone just 3-5 against the East, including 0-4 on the road.

“I think we need to do a better job of coming out early and have better games,” Griffin said. “We dig ourselves in these holes and try to fight back and it doesn’t work like that. I think our biggest problem, not necessarily with teams in the East, but with road games and games that aren’t so-called the ‘marquee’ games, we really need to bring that energy right away.”

That said the Clippers are 5-6 on the road. Only six teams have a road record better than .500 so far this season.

3. High scoring, no scoring. With the Clippers struggling to score the ball of late, reaching 101 points just once in their last five games, the 76ers may be exactly what they need. Philadelphia allows a league-worst 110.2 points per game and potentially without Carter-Williams, who averages 3.1 steals per game, it could be even worse. They have allowed 113 points or more in eight of their last 15 games.

Despite the Clippers’ recent struggles they are still fourth in the NBA with a 104.6-point per game average.

NOTES

Jamison is five points away from 20,000 points for his career… Philadelphia is 2-10 in its last 12 games… Brandon Davies, who was one of the final players cut from the Clippers’ training camp roster, is averaging 11.7 minutes per game off the 76ers bench… Griffin and Evan Turner are tied for 18th in the NBA in scoring at 20.5 points per game. They lead their respective teams… The Clippers have won three in a row against the 76ers including their last two in Philadelphia…

THEY SAID IT

Jamal Crawford: “You can talk about it and continue to encourage guys. Actions speak louder than words, but you have to try and do something to try and rally the troops.”

LAST TIME OUT


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Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Crawford 19
Ast: Paul 15
Reb: Jordan 13

Last Time Out


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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

76ers Leaders:
Pts: Wroten 20
Reb: Thompson 9
Ast: Turner 5

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