After a rough first month, the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be
hitting their stride.
The 76ers look for a season-high third consecutive victory while
trying to keep the Los Angeles Clippers winless on the road
Philadelphia (9-15) won 82-77 at New Jersey on Tuesday for its
sixth win in eight games following a 3-13 start.
“We’re a bunch of young guys just trying to win, and lately
we’ve been successful,” said Jrue Holiday, who scored 10 of his
game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Strong defense continues to key the 76ers’ resurgence.
Philadelphia opponents have averaged 86.9 points on 41.3-percent
shooting over the last eight games.
Two nights after New Orleans shot 30.4 percent during an 88-70
loss at Philadelphia, the 76ers limited the Nets to 34.1 percent
from the floor but almost squandered a late 11-point lead.
“We still make too many mistakes at the end of the game,” coach
Doug Collins said. “We can’t do that, but we got away with it
tonight. I think I teach more in winning than in losing. We have to
finish games better. We did get the win and that’s what
Philadelphia could achieve a more complete effort against a
Clippers squad that’s averaged 84.7 points during its current
Though Los Angeles averaged 108.0 points on 53.7-percent
shooting while winning both meetings with the 76ers in 2009-10, the
Clippers (5-20) are 0-10 away from home this season and have
dropped 37 of 40 on the road since a 112-107 overtime win at
Philadelphia last Dec. 19.
Los Angeles will try to avoid a ninth straight defeat to an
Eastern Conference opponent after falling 94-85 at home to Orlando
Coming off consecutive one-point defeats to the Lakers and
Memphis, the Clippers trailed by 26 points in the first half and
got no closer than six in the fourth quarter while shooting 38.1
percent against the Magic.
“We still got to be more consistent and play a whole game,” said
rookie Blake Griffin, who had 27 points and 16 rebounds. “It’s
tough, but at the same time I know it’s not going to happen
overnight. It’s going to be gradual.”
Griffin, who is contributing 20.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per
game, has posted 12 straight double-doubles, averaging 24.3 points
and 13.3 boards during that stretch.
“He is really aggressive out there. That is what I like about
him,” Orlando star Dwight Howard said. “He just needs to continue
to work hard and get better.”
Eric Gordon scored 28 points Sunday and is averaging 24.5 this
season, but he has totaled 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting with four
assists and six turnovers in two career games at Philadelphia.
Though Baron Davis has averaged a disappointing 7.4 points in 11
games while battling injuries this season, he scored 20 and added
13 assists in Los Angeles’ win at Philadelphia last season.
Ex-Clipper Elton Brand has scored 15 points in each of his last
two games for the 76ers, and has averaged 16.7 points and 10.6
rebounds in seven career games against Los Angeles.