February 9, 2014 | STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
Posted: February 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES –– In basketball, there are times where it seems like everything is falling, and there are times where it feels like there's a lid on the rim. Against the Clippers Sunday night, the Sixers experienced the worse end of both extremes.
The Clippers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the openening minutes of the game and never looked back, taking a 46-15 lead into the second quarter and outscoring the Sixers 69-30 in the first half. Philadelphia was able to score a respectable 48 points in the second half, but the damage had already been done.
When asked what goals he set for his team during halftime, head coach Brett Brown was realistic.
"We hoped to go compete at a level where we could win a quarter," he said. "Everybody's got pride, and you want to represent your team, and coach your team, well. You don't feel good sitting on the sideline as that is unfolding, but it did, and we'll move on."
Fortunately for the Sixers, moving on shouldn't be too hard. The team travels to Oakland overnight in preparation for a 10:30 (EST) meeting with the Golden State Warriors Monday night.
The Sixers were led by Tony Wroten, who scored 21 points (7/11 FG) off the bench. Thaddeus Young finished with 15 points (7/17 FG) and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams contributed 14 points (5/18 FG), seven rebounds, and five assists.
The Clippers were paced by Blake Griffin, who finished with 26 points (11/14 FG), 11 rebounds, and six assists in just 25 minutes of action. DeAndre Jordan finished with 10 points and 20 rebounds.
Back to the drawing board. Another one tomorrow.— Michael Carter-Willi (@MCW1) February 10, 2014