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.

Joel Embiid admits to aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on a special "Next Generation" of NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he aggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion, which also included Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and D'Angelo Russell.

"I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery. Because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid went on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season — notably their improvements in crunch time — and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

When asked which player he models his game after, Embiid went with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.

NBA power rankings: Sixers can't escape the lower third

NBA power rankings: Sixers can't escape the lower third

With the NBA's glorified exhibition in the rearview mirror, we reenter reality of the remaining NBA season. The Sixers still are looking for suitors for Jahlil Okafor while questions swirl around about the health of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. 

Some claim they are tanking still, and if those people are talking about the recent NBA power rankings then they would be right. 

Games before the All-Star break
Last Monday and Wednesday the Sixers split their two games before the break, beating the Hornets and losing to the Celtics. 

Dario Saric continues to be the Sixers' most productive player in the absence of Embiid. In the short week, he averaged 19 points (a team leader in that category both games) and 11 rebounds. 

T.J. McConnell continues to control the floor at the point, dishing out seven assists against the Hornets and eight against the Celtics. 

An inability to finish has been the story for the Sixers without Embiid. The Sixers led by one at the half against the Hornets and were tied with the Celtics at the midway point. These are good signs, but these guys are far from being contenders in the east. The experts agree. 

What's next
Only two games this week for the 76ers: Friday at home against the Wizards (7 p.m./CSN) and on the road on Sunday to play the Knicks (7:30 p.m./CSN).

What the experts say
ESPN’s Marc Stein had some fun with his rankings this week using tweets and memes to describe a team’s current situation. The Sixers dropped from 20 to 23 in his rankings — not a significant drop but a drop nonetheless. 

He used this one in his evaluation of the Sixers:

NBA.com’s John Schuhmann bumped the Sixers up from 22 to 21 this week. He sees great improvement in Saric’s game stating: “Saric has already shown a lot of improvement and TLC, with his length on the perimeter, could prove to be a great fit next to the other core pieces if he can knock down shots.”

He added a positive thought on the Demarcus Cousins trade and how the Sixers still made out well even though they were not able to ship Okafor to the Pelicans. 

“The Sixers lost a potential trading partner with the DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans, but still came out a winner in the deal, because they can swap first round picks with the Kings this year and own Sacramento's pick (with no protections) in 2019.”

Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes did not move the 76ers from the 21 spot on his list last week. He writes that he is intrigued with this processing team: “Sorry, but I'm never going to stop being delighted by the Sixers finding ways to win.”

He made his prediction for games won by the Sixers if they get Embiid back on the court: “It's hard to know what Simmons might bring, but Embiid's contributions are well understood. If he makes it back and looks healthy, Philly could easily win 30-plus games.”

Finally, Fox Sports’ Andrew Lynch dropped the Sixers from 27 to 28 – yikes! His outlook is very pessimistic as he looks exclusively at the injuries of Embiid and Simmons. He writes that a complete shutdown of Simmons would make sense as the season’s end gets closer by the day.