The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 94-83 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Clippers improved to 14-8, and the 76ers fell to 7-15.
When Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have great games, the Clippers are a tough team to beat. Griffin finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. Paul finished with a stellar double-double scoring 25 points and dishing 13 dimes. DeAndre Jordan also registered a double-double for the Clippers with an astonishing 21 rebounds and 11 points. The 76ers are the fifth best rebounding team in the NBA, making Jordan’s night on the glass even more impressive.
The 76ers held a slight 50-49 rebounding advantage, but shot a miserable 35.9% from the field. Evan Turner had a terrific game scoring 25 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing five assists. Besides Tuner, Thaddeus Young was the only other 76er in double digits scoring 16 points and collecting 11 boards. Tony Wroten had a good game with nine points, ten rebounds, and seven assists, but the 76ers lacked scoring options with the absence of rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
The Clippers have been playing much better defense of late, and will look to continue playing both ends of the floor well. The 76ers have lost 10 of their last 12 games, and will need a healthy point guard to stabilize their current slide.
Next game: The Clippers play at Boston (10-12) on Wednesday at 7:30 pm ET. The 76ers play at Minnesota on Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET.