Sixers-Clippers: What you need to know

Sixers-Clippers: What you need to know
March 20, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Sixers vs. Clippers — 10:30 p.m., CSN
Staples Center, Los Angeles

Records

Sixers: 26-40 (fourth place in Atlantic Division; ninth in Eastern Conference)

Clippers: 46-22 (first place in Pacific Division; fourth in Western Conference)

Last meeting

The Clippers hammered the Sixers, 107-90, at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 11. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 20 points apiece as they built a 23-point lead by halftime.

Nick Young led the Sixers with 29 points, with 20 of them coming during the second half when the outcome was all but decided. Meanwhile, the Clippers shot 58.7 percent in the win in Philly while the Sixers shot 41.7 percent from the field.

Previous games

The Sixers go into the game riding a two-game winning streak for the first time since Feb. 4. (Believe it or not, two games is the longest winning streak in the NBA not held by the Heat or Nuggets.) The Sixers also have won three out of four for the first time since Feb. 9.

However, the Sixers have not won on the road since beating the Lakers in the Staples Center on Jan. 1, a losing streak of 13 games.

The Clippers were dealt a 116-101 loss in Sacramento on Tuesday night. Griffin had 26 points on 11-for-14 shooting while Paul added 11 points with 15 assists. The Kings hit 14 three-pointers to pull it out.

Who’s hot

Coming off back-to-back double-doubles where he posted 36 points, 29 rebounds, 12 assists and nine blocks in the last two games, Spencer Hawes is in a groove. Hawes has averaged 14.4 points (54 percent shooting) and 9.9 rebounds over the past nine games, and has recorded four double-doubles over the past six games and 13 overall this season.

Jrue Holiday has scored 27 points in each of the past two games, and has averaged 22.5 points on 50 percent shooting over the past four games after averaging 12.0 points on 26.7 percent shooting in the previous five games.

Thad Young is averaging 2.5 steals in the 10 games this month and is fourth in the NBA with a 1.57 steal-to-turnover ratio. Young notched four steals in each of the last two games.

Dorell Wright has come off the bench to score at least 13 points in the last four games and has double-digits in nine of the last 10 games.

For the Clippers, Griffin and Paul have been hot all year. Griffin has averaged 20 points and 8.4 rebounds over the last 10 games while Paul has added 17.8 points and 11 assists per game over the same span.

Crawford has hit 20 three-pointers in the last eight games and has scored at least 20 points in five of the last seven.

Who’s not

Evan Turner’s season of inconsistency continued on Monday night when he shot 1 for 8 for just two points. Over his last 10 games, Turner has averaged 11.3 points and shot 37.7 percent from the field.

Probable starters

Sixers (last 10 games)

Thad Young (18.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg)

Damien Wilkins (11 ppg, 53.3 FG%)

Spencer Hawes (13 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

Evan Turner (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Jrue Holiday (17.7 ppg, 9.3 apg)

Clippers

Blake Griffin (20 ppg, 8.4 rpg)

Caron Butler (10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

DeAndre Jordan (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

Chauncey Billups (6.1 ppg, 30.5 FG%)

Chris Paul (17.8 ppg, 10.9 apg)

Injuries

Jason Richardson and Andrew Bynum are out for the year. Nick Young missed seven games with a strained ankle, returned to play six minutes against Miami last week, but has been back on the bench for the last two games.

For the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe (calf) and Ronny Turiaf (knee) missed the last game in Sacramento.

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