CWith a stellar Joel Embiid (41 points and 9 rebounds) and an explosive Tyrese Maxi in the fourth quarter, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, showing continued worrying signs and not celebrating the return of Paul George. Could Victory (110-120).
After five games with hamstring problems, George returned to the field and added 13 points and 8 rebounds with 5 turnovers.
The Clippers, who accelerated the game in the third period after trailing by 14 points, fumbled in the fourth quarter, where the Sixers went on a 9-25 run of scoring, which was supported by an offensive performance by Maxi (in that segment 13 points in) Total 22).
This new loss casts more doubt on the Clippers (23-23), who have only won two of their last ten games.
Kawhi Leonard (27 points) was the top scorer for the Clippers, who lost 18 balls and hit only 12 of his 34 triples.
Instead, the Sixers (28-16), who overcame a weak day for James Harden (6 points and 9 assists), continued to climb the ranks in the East, winning five of their last six games.
Embiid starts, Maxi ends
George entered the duel as soon as possible to recover his senses and added 7 points in the first good round.
However, the forward could not match Embiid’s power hammer, a torment for the Angelenos and who scored 13 points in the opening quarter to propel the Sixers on the scoreboard (27-34).
The unfortunate 2 of 10 triples by the Clippers continued in the first quarter as Tyronn Lue’s men had many problems recovering their shots.
Turnovers also piled up on the local side and Philadelphia, with big rests and Tobias Harris asking for passes, opened up an interesting mattress (27-41 with 9.50 for the break).
Reggie Jackson scored 7 straight points to revive the Clippers, but Embiid’s return to the track solidified the visitors’ dominance before halftime.
The Cameroonian Titan dropped off against the desperate Ivica Zubac, scoring 28 points, including a great three-pointer in the final second of the quarter, and the Sixers finished a solid first half with a 52-63 lead.
The Clippers made only 5 of their 17 three-pointers at halftime and committed more than 10 turnovers.
Passing through the locker room felt great for the Clippers, who charged their batteries and returned to the field.
With Kawhi in charge of the Cavalry, the Clippers went on a 17–7 run, causing some clumsy Sixers offsides, decimating the zone defense and practically rewiring the game (69–70 with 7.54 left).
Embiid continued to dominate in the paint, but Philadelphia began to blame a lack of supporting actors and Harden’s bad night.
The one who inspired was Kawhi, who scored 14 points in the third period alone and allowed the Clippers to reach the final quarter with their options (89-90).
Maxi’s three straight 3-pointers gave the visitors’ offense a sudden refresh as Embiid rallied for the final period.
Maxi’s nervousness baffled the Clippers, who once again found themselves with much to recover and less and less time to go (98–111 with 5.55 to go).
The logjam in the Angelenos’ attack was formidable until reaching a stretch of 9-25, a slab so heavy that Lew took out the white flag, trailing his figure with 3.15 on the clock.