LOS ANGELES — Not for a scarcity of battle, at the least within the fourth quarter, the Clippers opened 2019 with a 119-113 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night time at Staples Middle.
Flat early, the Clippers (21-16) clawed virtually all the best way again after falling behind by as many as 24 factors within the first half.
Montrezl Harrell’s layup out of a timeout introduced the Clippers inside 116-111 with 32.7 seconds remaining earlier than the 76ers’ Ben Simmons missed each free throws (truly all three, together with the additional try he acquired on account of a lane violation) and TJ McConnell made one among two foul photographs.
Then Tobias Harris’ dunk with 15.9 seconds left minimize the margin to 117-113, however, after a timeout, Simmons inbounded the ball off the Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell alongside the sideline, corralled it and flew in to punctuate the victory with a dunk.
The Clippers trailed 110-97 with simply greater than six minutes left earlier than they drew inside 5 on a pair of Patrick Beverley free throws, a Harris layin and a Harrell dunk.
Joel Embiid and Harrell exchanged huge performs within the ultimate minutes, together with a steal and a block by the Clippers’ energetic massive man, as L.A. stored nipping at Philadelphia (24-14) till time expired.
“They deserved to win, overall,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated. “They played harder for longer and I thought they were more physical for a longer period in the game. It would have been nice to steal a game, but we would’ve stole it, not necessarily earned it.”
Within the first half, the Clippers had no solutions for Embiid; the dynamic 7-footer dominated and annoyed the Clippers, who additionally had hassle with a gifted, versatile massive man on Saturday, when San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 38 factors to energy the Spurs to a 122-111 victory.
“We have to be better at that position,” Rivers stated. “Defensively, we have to be more physical. Marc (Gortat) overall fought pretty well, I didn’t think at the beginning, but when he came back in. And Trezz fought the hardest, and he was the most undersized. Bobi (Marjanovic) really struggled.”
The final outing, again on Nov. 1, Marjanovic made it fascinating in a 122-113 Sixers victory.
On Tuesday earlier than 17,868 followers, it was Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley. They obtained twisted up with Embiid and Jimmy Butler late on a pair of performs that resulted in technical fouls on Embiid, Bradley and Butler – the latter two of whom have been ejected after dealing with off and shoving one another.
Rivers stated his preliminary impression of Bradley’s ejection was that it was unwarranted.
“I have to look at it, (but) I thought it was a little unfair,” Rivers stated. “I thought Avery pushed and the other guy grabbed around the neck, I thought.”
“It got physical,” Butler stated. “Every player on every team wants to win. We got too close to one another and … things happen. Some pushing, some shoving, some technical fouls and we got ejected.”
Tempers weren’t as strained within the groups’ first assembly, when Marjanovic had 15 factors and 11 rebounds because the Clippers erased most of a 22-point deficit. The 7-foot-Three middle appeared then to confound Embiid, who completed with 41 factors that night time however appeared primed for extra till Marjanovic appeared.
In Tuesday’s recreation, nevertheless, Embiid appeared to relish the 5 minutes of the matchup – and each different one the Clippers might conjure.
After Harrell was shortly referred to as for a second foul, and with the Clippers getting devoured inside, Marjanovic obtained the decision together with his group trailing 29-24, and a couple of:27 left within the first quarter. By then Embiid had 11 factors, and the 76ers collectively had 16 factors within the paint to the Clippers’ 10, together with 9 second-chance factors.
Embiid responded by instantly drawing Marjanovic outdoors to protect his Three-point try. He missed that one, however he made two of his 4 Three-point makes an attempt.
Regardless of being questionable to play earlier than the sport due to soreness in his left knee, Embiid appeared totally snug as he piled up 28 factors, 19 rebounds and three blocked photographs.
The 24-year-old used his quickness to get across the Clippers’ largest man and his measurement and energy to push previous the others – together with Beverley, the Clippers’ feisty 6-foot-1 guard, who didn’t hesitate to get snarled with Embiid within the fourth quarter, by which era the large man, who scored solely 9 factors within the second half because the Clippers threw further our bodies at him.
Beverley was referred to as for a foul on the play, and Embiid was tagged with a technical for shoving Beverley away.
It wasn’t solely Embiid ringing within the new yr for Philly, which additionally acquired 18 from former Clipper JJ Redick, who was feeling it early, with 16 first-half factors.
Earlier than he was tossed, Butler had 16 factors and Simmons, sprinting ever downhill, had 14 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists.
Williams led the Clippers with 22 factors however was 1 for eight from Three-point vary, and Harris and Danilo Gallinari had 21 apiece. Harrell completed with 20 factors and 10 rebounds.
It was the second consecutive loss for the Clippers, who whittled the deficit to 13 on the finish of the third quarter.
The 76ers related on 48.Three % of their photographs from the sector, 12 of 26 from behind the arc and shot 22 for 33 from the free-throw line.
The Clippers – who did end with a season-high 12 steals, together with three by Harris – additionally misplaced on the boards (55-41). The not-their-night theme prolonged even to Williams, who additionally uncharacteristically missed 4 of his 9 free-throw tries as his group went 24 for 34 from the road.
“We’re not a team that can ease into a game,” Beverley stated. “We have now to be canine, we have now to be gritty, that’s our M.O. and we have now to construct off that. As of these days, we’ve been making an attempt to ease into video games, and we can’t do this.
“And we’ll fix it, it’s just that time of the season where it’s dragging and all that. But we will come out and we’ll fix it.”
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