Instant Replay: Clippers 101, Sixers 72


Instant Replay: Clippers 101, Sixers 72


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.

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.

Sixers fan apologizes to Russell Westbrook for flashing middle fingers

Sixers fan apologizes to Russell Westbrook for flashing middle fingers

Richard Harkaway, a urologist from North Philadelphia, has been identified as the Sixers fan who flashed a double middle finger to Thunder star Russell Westbrook during opening night on Wednesday night.

Harkaway on Thursday issued an apology for his actions and revealed a new detail about the confrontation with Westbrook.

"As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate," Harkaway said in a statement to issued by a personal representative.

"In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed. I sincerely apologize to my fellow Sixers fans, the Sixers organization, my colleagues and patients, and to Mr. Westbrook for my behavior."

The story gets a little weirder with the allegation that Westbrook poked fun as Harkaway's weight, but at least he apologized for his actions. 

The incident, coinciding with the controversy over the national anthem, put a black eye on an otherwise fun night for the Sixers and their fans. 

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).