76ers overwhelmed in loss to Clippers
Feb 12, 2013 (Menafn - The Philadelphia Inquirer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --The Los Angeles Clippers have that ability to turn the fourth quarter of an NBA game into nothing more than a practice for reserves, and on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center that is exactly how the final 12 minutes played out in their game with the 76ers.
Leading by as many 29 points after three quarters, the Clippers, who have been on the road since Jan. 30, were able to get their starters much-needed rest in the fourth. They beat the Sixers, 107-90, in a game that was not even that close.
Chris Paul finished with 21 points and Blake Griffin added 20 to lead the Clippers (37-17). Playing against his former team, Nick Young led the Sixers with a game-high 29 points.
The Clippers made 58.7 percent of their shots (44 of 75).
The loss marked the end of the Sixers' longest homestand of the season. The Sixers (22-28) went 5-3 at home, winning games over New York, Washington, Sacramento, Orlando and Charlotte.
The Sixers will play in Milwaukee on Wednesday before the all-star break. They will reconvene Feb. 20 at Minnesota. Of their remaining 31 games after the break, only 12 will be at home.
When they return, they hope to get help, perhaps before the end of the month, in the form of center Andrew Bynum and forward Thaddeus Young.
The Clippers run over the opposition no matter what kind of shape the opponent is in.
Los Angeles made 63.2 percent of its shots in the first quarter and led by as many as 14 points.
The game grew even more out of hand in the second quarter. By halftime, the Clippers led by 56-33. And by the end of the third quarter the game was all but over, with the Clippers ahead 88-59.
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