Sixers vs. Clippers, 7 p.m. — TCN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Sixers: 22-27 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)
Clippers: 36-17 (First in Pacific Division, third in Western Conference)
The Sixers play their final home game before the All-Star break tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers, who were 32-9 through Jan. 19 but have lost eight of their last 12 games.
The Clips are healthy again, which makes things tough on the Sixers. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups are all back after missing time during LA’s recent skid. This is the last game of the Clippers’ season-long eight-game road trip.
Sixers ... streaking?!
It’s true, it’s true. The Sixers have won four of five and five of seven, though their last four wins have come against teams with a combined .292 winning percentage. The Wizards, Kings, Magic and Bobcats are 59-143.
The last time the Sixers and Clippers met, Paul hit a shot near the free-throw line with 3.2 seconds left to beat the Sixers, 78-77. He had 24 that night and Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sixers last played, and won, on Saturday, beating the Bobcats 87-76. Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds. Newly signed Jeremy Pargo provided a spark off the bench with 12 points, four boards and six assists, prompting Doug Collins and Jrue Holiday to praise Pargo’s ability to allow Holiday to play off the ball.
The Clippers were at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon, where they beat the Knicks by 14. Sixth Man of the Year favorite Jamal Crawford led the Clips with 27 points on 12-for-22 shooting. Paul had 25 and seven assists.
Overflow of talent
The Clippers’ second unit is better than some teams’ first units. Eric Bledsoe, Crawford, Grant Hill, Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom all come off the bench.
Bledsoe, Crawford and Barnes alone contribute 37.2 points per game. That’s nearly 10 points more per game than the Sixers’ entire bench.
Did you know?
Paul and Holiday are the only two players in the NBA averaging at least 16 points and more than 8.1 assists. Paul's averages are 16.5 points and 9.4 assists. Holiday's are 19.3 and 8.8.
Jason Richardson (knee surgery) is out for the season
Andrew Bynum (bilateral knee bone bruises) remains sidelined.
Thad Young is out 2-3 more weeks with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain.
Caron Butler (lower back) is a game-time decision.