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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.