The Philadelphia 76ers scored 30+ in three consecutive quarters on Tuesday night, holding the Los Angeles Clippers to 21 points in each of the final two periods. That helped Philly combat a 19-point deficit to beat the Clippers, 121-110, good enough for their 8th win in their last eleven games.
After the game, Clippers PG Austin Rivers wasn’t happy with the team’s performance.
From CSN Philly:
Should have won the game. Didn’t win the game. We got a lot of s–t that we got to clean up man, within our team. We gotta figure s–t out. We was up 19. Supposed to squash them … They kept fighting, doing what they are supposed to do. They don’t have the talent we have, they don’t have talent a lot of other teams have … They outwork teams. That’s what they do … Credit to them. It’s working for them.
Much went wrong for Los Angeles, surprisingly so given that Joel Embiid missed the matchup with an injured right knee. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds but just 10 points, and had an embarrassing moment where he missed two consecutive free throws. Although Luc Mbah a Moute started the game he finished with zero points.
It was the first game back for Blake Griffin, who himself had a few nice plays mixed with an unlikely attempt in the paint getting swatted away by the Sixers.
The Clippers — even with Blake back — are still going to struggle. Rivers, despite having a nice night shooting, logged just three assists as the team’s starting point guard. Philadelphia had double the amount of assists as the Clippers, and they’re going to need to address that to get through the next few weeks without Chris Paul.