Well, that escalated quickly.
A phrase my friends and I would use after losing a huge game in high school would be “Mamma said they’d be days like this.” Mamma never saw this game coming.
From the opening tip the 76ers were absolutely dominated in a way that is seldom done at the NBA level. For perspective, the Sixers were down 13-0 before the second minute ticked off the clock in. That lead eventually became 26-5 before the seven minute mark.
After a few highlight dunks by Blake Griffin and some impossible shots made by Jamal Crawford, with even Willie Green getting into the mix, the 76ers found themselves down 46-15 at the end of the first. No typo, that’s a 31-point deficit at the end of the first.
Even that wasn’t as bad as what was to come.
The rest of the game the Clippers toyed with the Sixers, implicating every offense in the book to beat Philly to the hoop time after time again. Defense was at a minimum and Chris Paul was more than happy to exploit that in his first game back since January 3rd.
The All-star point guard finished with seven points, eight assists, and four steals after returning from a separated shoulder. Fellow All-star Blake Griffin continued his hot play producing 26 points and highlight after highlight for the fans who make the trek to the Staples Center.
The Clippers, obviously, had a great shooting night going 56 percent from the field. The 76ers shot a dismal, 27 percent from the field going 27-100 shots on the night.
At one point the Clipper lead in the third quarter by 56.
Crawford scored 21 points and Darren Collison chipped in 12 to compliment the stars for the Clippers.
The lone bright spot for the Sixers was Tony Wroten. The second year player had 21 on 7-11 shooting. Thaddeus Young also contributed with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Besides that, the shooting numbers become a bit startling, as well as telling.
Evan Turner: 1-8, 7 points
Spencer Hawes: 0-8, 0 points.
James Anderson: 1-6, 2 points.
Lavoy Allen: 2-10, 6 points
Arnett Moultrie: 0-3, 0 points
Lorenzo Brown: 1-6, 3 points
Hollis Thomson: 1-5, 2 points
… Michael Carter-Williams: 5-18, 14 points.
The Clippers were really good on the night. I don’t think the Sixers ever got off the bus when they got to Staples.
The 45-point victory is the largest margin of victory in Clipper franchise history. Unfortunately for the 76ers organization, they still have a 56 point loss in their storied NBA history, so this game didn’t hit the record books for them. Though it came pretty close.
The Sixers will continue their trip out west as they head up the coast to play the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Monday. They will hope to bounce back against another power in the West. Hopefully they can forget about this night.