Instant Replay: Clippers 101, Sixers 72

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Instant Replay: Clippers 101, Sixers 72

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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.

Stat-egic
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.

NBA Notes: Cavs staying humble with chance to close out Celtics

NBA Notes: Cavs staying humble with chance to close out Celtics

BOSTON -- It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason.

After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to battle back from a 16-point hole and win Game 4.

The chatter about an NBA Finals' matchup of two teams with unblemished playoff records is gone, but the challenge from the Celtics has sharpened the focus of the defending champs. Cleveland is expecting another unflinching effort in Game 5 from a Celtics team that isn't backing down despite facing a 3-1 deficit in the series.

"The closeout game is always the hardest.and Boston is going to make it even harder," said LeBron James, who rebounded from a playoff-low 11 points in Game 3 to score 34 in Game 4.

James had been saying that he felt like the Cavs needed to go through some adversity after a blistering 10-0 start to the postseason.

The way they responded Tuesday night -- particularly on the defensive end -- is a good sign for their prospects of wrapping up their third straight Eastern Conference crown on Thursday (see full story).

NBA: Charlotte awarded 2019 All-Star Game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA All-Star game will be coming to Charlotte in 2019, two years after the city was to host the event.

The NBA announced Wednesday the game will be played at Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

The All-Star game had been set for Charlotte last February, but the NBA moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a release that while he understands the concerns of those who say the repeal of the HB2 law didn't go far enough, "the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law."

The All-Star weekend festivities in Charlotte are set for Feb. 15-17, 2019.

Bucks: GM search opening up after Hammond exit
Boasting a budding star and an impressive roster of young talent, the Milwaukee Bucks are opening up their search for a new general manager to lead them into contention in the Eastern Conference.

After longtime GM John Hammond left to join friend Jeff Weltman in the Orlando Magic front office, the Bucks are bringing in respected league executive Rod Thorn to help with the search for a replacement, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bucks were not publicly discussing their search.

Assistant GM Justin Zanik was believed to be the heir apparent to Hammond when he left the Utah Jazz to join the Bucks. Zanik, a promising young executive who was an agent before spending three years under Dennis Lindsey in Utah, will get the opportunity to interview for the position, but outside candidates will also be considered. ESPN first reported the details of Milwaukee's search.

The job figures to be an attractive one for prospective executives. Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoyed a breakout season this year, earning a starting spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team and cementing himself as a franchise player.

Milwaukee also has Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker to go with Jabari Parker, a former No. 2 overall pick who is recovering from his second torn ACL.

The Bucks are building a new arena and have enjoyed a revival in the city under new owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens and coach Jason Kidd.

Whether it is Zanik or someone else, it will be a critical hire to help the Bucks move from a team that lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs to one that is ready to challenge the Cavaliers and Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference (see full story).

Lakers: Celebrity trainer Peterson hired
LOS ANGELES -- A celebrity trainer known for getting the Kardashian clan into shape is going to work for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gunnar Peterson is the Lakers' new director of strength and endurance training, the team announced Wednesday.

Peterson has been a favorite trainer among entertainers and athletes for many years while running a well-regarded private gym in Beverly Hills. His client list has included Sylvester Stallone, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Pete Sampras, along with most of the Kardashian family.

Peterson will develop a strength and conditioning program for the Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka says.

The 16-time NBA champion franchise has replaced several key members of its internal staff since Magic Johnson and Pelinka assumed control of basketball operations earlier this year.

NBA draft prospect Josh Jackson pleads guilty to misdemeanor for hitting car

NBA draft prospect Josh Jackson pleads guilty to misdemeanor for hitting car

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Former University of Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor traffic violation for backing into a car and driving away.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Jackson entered his plea Tuesday in Lawrence Municipal Court to striking an unattended vehicle. Two other charges, inattentive driving and improper backing, were dismissed.

Jackson, who is expected to be a top draft pick in next month's NBA draft, will be on probation for six months and must pay a $250 fine. If he violates his probation, Jackson would have to serve 30 days in jail.

Coach Bill Self suspended Jackson for the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament because of the incident.

The 6-foot-8 Jackson has now resolved two cases that had dogged him during his lone year at Kansas. He earlier reached a diversion agreement that requires him to attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year for his confrontation with a Jayhawks women's basketball player last year.

Jackson had pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after he argued with McKenzie Calvert on Dec. 9 outside a bar in Lawrence. He signed the diversion agreement on April 26.