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Clippers Slide Continues, Lose 6th Straight To Sixers


Coming in on a 5 game losing streak the Los Angeles Clippers looked to turn the season around against the energetic, young Philadelphia 76ers.

The first quarter didn’t build too much confidence for Los Angeles as their defense was lackluster to be kind and allowed the free-flowing Sixers offense to put up 36 points and a whole highlight film of dunks. Joel Embiid had 11 after one and angered the Clippers so much, Willie Reed picked up a flagrant 1 foul after throwing him to the ground.

Los Angeles needed somebody to step up or this one looked like it was going to get out of reach. Philadelphia led by as many as 14 and it could’ve spiraled out of control if not for Blake Griffin. Griffin had 21 at the end of the first half and helped his team trim the Philadelphia lead to just 2 heading into the half.

It seemed amazing that the game was as close as it was after a first half that saw Embiid clowning Clippers bigs and rookie sensation Ben Simmons throwing down hammer jams seemingly at will. But Los Angeles managed to keep it close and that paid off in the third quarter. Thanks to an improved defense, led by Clippers rookie Sindarius Thornwell.

Tasked with covering Simmons, Thornwell continued to impress. His effort on that end and hustle to go out on the break allowed him to hit a layup that gave Los Angeles momentum as the third quarter ran out.

It would be another Clippers rookie that would keep that momentum rolling into the fourth. Jawun Evans showed his impressive ability and tremendous hustle in his time on the floor and it’s impossible not to love the energy this young guy brings to the floor.

The Clippers rookies brought the energy and the microwave Lou Williams fed off of it in the final quarter of play. Against his former team, Williams showed up right when his current team needed it. Williams dropped in 16 points in the fourth quarter and closed out his night with 31. He didn’t just bring it scoring tonight though, Williams helped all over the court with 7 rebounds, 6 assists and even 5 steals on one of the most impressive sights you’ll ever see off the bench.

This showdown came down to the final buzzer but the Sixers would be able to escape Los Angeles with a narrow 109-105 victory.

A sixth consecutive loss for Los Angeles as they continue to struggle early on this season. Injuries to key players haven’t helped but the Clippers need the other guys on the team to step up if they’re going to have any shot moving forward this season.

Los Angeles will head to Cleveland Friday to take on another struggling squad in the Cavaliers. One of these two will get a good shot to turn the tide on their early season woes Friday, let’s hope the Clippers step up.

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