The Philadelphia 76ers rolled into Lob City on a streak of 13 consecutive losses away from Wells Fargo Center, and the streak continued after Wednesday night. The Sixers lost 101-72 to Chris Paul and the Clippers in the second of a back-to-back for Los Angeles.
Vinny Del Negro’s team did an incredible job defensively on Jrue Holiday, hedging hard and trapping on pick and rolls, daring Sixers’ bigs to attack the basket. Of course, Hawes and company declined the invitation to play in the paint. As the bigs continued to try to live out on the perimeter, the harder it became for Jrue to create anything offensively for himself or others.
The Sixers didn’t do such a bad job containing the nightly highlight reel we call Lob City, particularly early in the game. Hawes, Thad, Allen, and Moultrie did a good job of staying connected to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, not allowing easy rim runs and lob attempts. Thaddeus Young stood out defensively on Griffin, forcing him into tough look after tough look, and just 7 points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Chris Paul was the deciding factor in this game, getting it done in every way possible. Paul finished with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 9 assists, 6 rebound, and 5 assists. It was clear that the Clippers’ leader was inside Jrue Holiday’s head all night long at both ends of the court.
Sixers’ head coach credited the Clippers defense for the work they did in the post-game press conference, especially their ability to force turnovers. Los Angeles forced the Sixers into 20 team turnovers, and scored 27 points off of those. The Clippers lead the league in forcing teams into turnovers, and are at their best in the open court off live-ball turnovers. Limiting live-ball turnovers is a part of every team’s game plan when they face Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and company, but it is much easier said then done.
Ryan Hollins was also a key in the Clippers win off the bench. Hollins’ activity and length really bothered the Sixers’ bigs. Chasing down loose balls, scrapping on every play possible, the well-traveled big man changed the game’s tempo. He finished with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, 6 rebounds, and the team was +19 when he was on the court.
The Sixers’ will travel to Denver to play the second hottest team in the NBA. The Nuggets, winners of 13 straight, are the second game of a four game road trip out West for Philadelphia.
Topics: Arnett Moultrie, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Doug Collins, Jrue Holiday, Lavoy Allen, Lob City, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Ryan Hollins, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Vinny Del Negro