Clippers are simply too much for Sixers

Posted: December 11, 2013

The 76ers are not a good NBA team at this point. But give them credit for at least being consistent.

Poor shooting, costly turnovers and subpar defense have plagued them in recent weeks. Monday night was no different.

Taking advantage, the Los Angeles Clippers took a 94-83 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

"We left a lot of points on the table and they made theirs," Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young said. "Blake [Griffin] had a good night, made free throws. Chris Paul had a good night. We've just got to find ways to make shots.

"I don't think they did anything to really just beat us. We kind of beat ourselves."

The Sixers (7-15) lost their third straight and for the 13th time in 16 games.

They committed 16 turnovers. They shot 35.9 percent (33 for 92). They made just 3 of 21 three-pointers.

And although the Sixers stepped up their overall defense, they were unable to stop Griffin, Paul and DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin, an NBA all-star, led the Clippers (14-8) with 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Paul, another all-star, had 25 points, 13 assists and three steals. Jordan added 11 points and 21 rebounds.

Evan Turner led the Sixers with 25 points. He also finished with eight rebounds and five assists.

Turner and Co. hung tough even as they struggled from the start to make shots, missing all 13 of their first-half three-point attempts.

The Clippers opened the second half on a 13-0 run to take a 57-36 lead with 8 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third. But the Sixers pulled within 80-73 on Turner's layup with 7:17 remaining. They had the momentum until Turner displayed poor judgment.

Turner appeared to be fouled on a shot 38 seconds later. But he ran down the court looking in the direction of the official who did not make the call. He had his back turned to a streaking Jared Dudley, who was on his way to a layup. Turner fouled Dudley, who made a three-point play to give the Clippers an 83-73 cushion.

"I had gotten irritated because from what I was taught, you always let the shooter come down," Turner said of the non-call. "I feel like on eight or nine shots, I didn't have an opportunity to come down. I was getting my arm hit and everything like that. That's pretty much it.

"I just got frustrated for a play."

The Sixers pulled within seven points two more times. Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams missed his third straight game with an infection and soreness in his right knee.


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