Instant Replay: Clippers 101, Sixers 72

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Instant Replay: Clippers 101, Sixers 72

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LOS ANGELES -- The Sixers were hoping to snap their 13-game road losing streak in the very building they last won a game away from the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers’ last win away from home came at the Staples Center in a Jan. 1 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

That victory came against a Lakers team that was three games below .500 at the time. The Clippers were 24 games above the even mark heading into Wednesday’s contest.

The Sixers never really threatened the Clippers in a 101-72 loss. The Sixers dropped to 26-41 and the road skid extended to 14 straight games.

The Sixers turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 36.7 percent in the defeat.

Turning point
With 5:09 to play in the first half, the Clippers held a 36-33 advantage. The Clippers outscored the Sixers 10-3 to finish the second quarter and led by 10 at the half.

The Clippers shot 60 percent in the second quarter and held the Sixers to 29 percent shooting. They also posted an 8-0 margin in fastbreak points during the frame.

Follow the leader
Doug Collins called Chris Paul the head of the snake and CP3 did not disappoint. He scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out nine assists. Caron Butler added 14 points for the Clippers, while former Sixer Willie Green scored 13 points.

Thaddeus Young scored 13 points and had eight rebounds, while Evan Turner had 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Stat-egic
This was the sixth matchup Jrue Holiday has had against Paul in his four-year NBA career. In the previous five meetings, Paul has averaged 19.6 points, 7.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals. Paul was shooting 54 percent from the floor and 38 percent from behind the arc with just 1.4 turnovers in those games.

Those numbers dwarf Holiday’s 10.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds in those meetings. Holiday’s shooting percentage was 35 percent from the floor and just 27 percent from three-point range.

Holiday struggled against Paul again on Wednesday, as the Los Angeles native scored only two points on 1-for-8 shooting. Holiday did have six rebounds and four assists.

Take a bow
Spencer Hawes had another solid outing, this time flirting with a triple-double. He scored 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out seven assists.

Remember me?
Former Sixer and Villanova standout Maalik Wayns played 17 minutes, scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting. Wayns is on his on his second 10-day contract with the Clippers.

What’s next?
There is no rest for the weary with the Sixers playing at Denver Thursday night.

The Nuggets have won 13 straight and have the best home record in the NBA along with the Heat at 30-3.

It will be the second time this season the Sixers will face Andre Iguodala, who spent his first eight years in the NBA playing for Philadelphia. Iguodala is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He is one of six Nuggets who average double-figure points per game with Ty Lawson leading the way at 16.9.

The Sixers beat the Nuggets on opening night, 84-75.

Adjusting to new home, Ben Simmons plays role model at Sixers Camp

Adjusting to new home, Ben Simmons plays role model at Sixers Camp

WAYNE, Pa. — Three steps. 

That’s all it takes before Ben Simmons is recognized walking through the streets of Philadelphia. 

This year’s No. 1 pick has been in the spotlight long before the Sixers drafted him in June, and now he's experiencing what it's like to be known as an NBA player in his new city. 

“I’ve been enjoying walking around South Street, getting some Ishkabibble's,” Simmons said Tuesday after a special appearance at the Sixers' Camp at Valley Forge Military Academy. 

At 6-foot-10, Simmons towers above most on the court, let alone on the sidewalk. Fans have been eager to welcome him to Philadelphia for a new chapter of the organization after three years of struggle. 

“Positive things,” Simmons said of the comments he receives. “I think a lot of people are excited, so I’ve been looking forward to it.”

Simmons understands the impact a professional athlete can have on young fans, and was excited to be at camp Tuesday.

Growing up in Australia, he never had the opportunity to hear from NBA players when he attended basketball camps. Now that he's in that position, the 20-year-old was glad to provide that memory to the 240 campers. 

“That would mean a lot if I was able to experience that,” Simmons said. 

Simmons demonstrated skill drills, such as passing fundamentals, interacted in a Q&A session and signed autographs for each camper. He also took individual photos for those who traveled internationally, including from Nigeria, Italy and Greece. 

“I’m just like them, but older,” Simmons said. “I’m just trying to be a good role model to them.”

Simmons plans to spend most of the offseason in Philadelphia as he gets settled into the city. He still has to move into his new home, but at least he knows where to get a cheesesteak in the meantime. 

NBA Notes: Dion Waiters signs 1-year deal with Heat

NBA Notes: Dion Waiters signs 1-year deal with Heat

Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Miami Heat have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent guard Dion Waiters.

The two sides came to agreement on Monday. Waiters will make $2.9 million. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Waiters averaged 9.8 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, but had several big games in the playoffs. He played particularly well against Dallas and San Antonio in the playoffs before his role was reduced in the seven-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

Waiters will give the Heat another scorer off the bench (see full story).

Blazers: C.J. McCullom inked to four-year extension
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A person familiar with the deal confirms that guard CJ McCollum has agreed to a four-year, $106 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because the deal hadn't been formally announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

McCollum, who was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, averaged 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Blazers during the regular season. He raised his scoring average by more than 14 points over the previous season.

As the 10th overall pick for the Blazers in the 2013 draft, McCollum bided his time on the bench for his first two seasons. He became a starter in the backcourt with Damian Lillard last season after four of the team's starters departed in the offseason (see full story).

Michael Jordan donates $2 million to ease racial tensions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement.

The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner said Monday he's giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.

Jordan says in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that "as a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," (see full story).

Sixers officially sign guard Brandon Paul

Sixers officially sign guard Brandon Paul

The Sixers continued to add to their roster Monday, announcing the signing of guard Brandon Paul. 

Paul participated on the Sixers' summer league squad in Las Vegas, where he averaged 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19.5 minutes. He also played for the Hornets in Utah. 

The 25-year-old went undrafted out Illinois in 2013 and has been playing overseas and in the D-League since then. Last season, he led FIATC Joventut (Spain) in scoring with 13.2 points per game. Paul also has been a member of the Canton Charge (D-League) and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). 

Next season he could play for the Sixers' Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. 

Paul is one of several offseason additions for the Sixers. The team has signed Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Sergio Rodriguez, James Webb III and Shawn Long. The Sixers also have reportedly agreed to a deal with Cat Barber.