The Clippers started the 3rd on a quick 7-0 run, forcing Brett Brown to call a timeout only 2 minutes in to the second half. Philly would not be able to score until the 8:14 mark and by then LA had stretched their lead to 18, (57-39). The 76ers found themselves in a 16 hole to start the 4th quarter after another sloppy quarter of play where the Clippers took advantage in transition. LA cooled off again early in the 4th, allowing the Sixers to make it a 7 point game as Evan Turner hit a layup to complete an 11-2 run. The Clippers would find their shot again but the Sixers stayed within striking distance. With 1:15 left, Chris Paul scored to give the Clippers a 9 point lead. Unfortunately, the Sixers were unable to hit any of their shots in the final minute and the Clippers would win it 94-83.
The Sixers' defense has allowed the most point per game but allowed only allowed 94 points to dynamic Clippers offense who average 104 per game. The Sixers shot 36% from the floor and 14% from downtown, stats they would like to forget. Philadelphia had 16 turnovers, but outscored their opponent in the paint 48-36.
Evan Turner led the 76ers with 25 points while also collecting 8 rebounds and 5 assists in a solid all around game. Thad Young added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The other starters, Thompson, Wroten and Hawes, all shot awfully in this game, combining for 4-25 shooting, but Thompson and Wroten both got to the line and ended with 8 and 9 points respectively. Wroten also added 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Blake Griffin led LA with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks while CP3 continued to prove himself as the best point guard in the league, scoring 25, dishing out 13 assists and swiping 3 steals. DeAndre Jordan added 11 point and a monster night on the boards, finishing with 21 rebounds.
There was good news for Michael Carter-Williams as he was released from the hospital early today after a treatment on an infection in his knee. He is still listed as day-to-day but there is no specific timetable for his return. He will likely miss another game or two.
The Sixers, now at 7-15, look to end their 3 game slide in Minnesota (9-11) on Wednesday.
By: Matt Ryan