Sixers Can't Get Off Buzzer Beater, Fall to Hard Working Clippers 78-77

Sixers Can't Get Off Buzzer Beater, Fall to Hard Working Clippers 78-77

With 3.2 seconds remaining in the game and the Sixers trailing by one -- and despite him having a somewhat shaky game up to that point -- I wanted Lou Williams to get the final look.

Doug Collins gave me and my fellow Sixers fans who wanted to see Lou with the rock in his hands as the clock ticked down what we were hoping for. Sort of.

It's unclear what the play Doug drew up was trying to do, but it was clear that Lou Williams got the ball with at least two defenders on him 30 feet or so from the basket and failed to get off a shot.

Sixers lose.

[watch Chris Paul's game-winning fadeaway below]

Doug wouldn't say what he intended the play to be, but he did put the blame for the final seconds squarely on his own shoulders.

"At the end of the game, I'll put that on me. I've got to give my guys more help," Collins said of the final 3.2 seconds. "That's not on the players. That's on me."

"Terrible on my part."

It wasn't the only terrible performance of the night from the Sixers. They also shot a weak 15-23 from the free throw line, missing 8 freebies that could have been huge in the one point loss.

We'll all point to the final few possessions, but the Sixers didn't bring their best stuff all night long. For one of a very few games this season, the Clippers were out working the Sixers on both ends of the floor. Credit former Sixer Reggie Evans for causing all sorts of havoc. That dude is a nasty man.

Then there was the ridiculous final bucket from Chris Paul on a play Elton Brand called one of the strangest he's ever seen in all of his time around the game. Coach Collins gave Paul his props on the amazing shot.

"That was incredible. Andre Iguodala played him, couldn't play him any better. He hits a fade away jump shot. There must have been three or four times they fell on the floor with the ball and scrummed it out, and got it out, and it was a wonderful play."

Elton even said he thought Blake Griffin was going to shoot it from his knees. That didn't happen, but Paul found a way to get a bucket.

The Sixers couldn't even get off a shot.

Off to Cleveland to take on the somewhat hot Cavaliers tomorrow night.

Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

BOX SCORE

CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

He’s on fire.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play NBA Jam with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Well now you can.

Thanks to a roster update, spotted by Kotaku, you can now have the fun of matching up Embiid with Simmons, or Embiid with Nerlens Noel or even the more daring combination of Jahlil Okafor with Noel.

Here’s what the player ratings look like for all of the aforementioned players in this reboot of one of the more popular games in the early-90s.

In addition to current NBA rosters, the game also gives you the ability to play with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and yes, even Harambe.

So fire up your computer and match up your favorite two Sixers, or politicians.