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LA Clippers snap three-game streak, lose on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers, 112-98

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The Clippers looked out of sorts on the second night of a back-to-back in Philly during a 112-98 loss to the 76ers Saturday. Sixers guard, and former Clipper, J.J. Redick finished with 17 points and made sure to comment on the Sixers’ sweep of the Clippers. 

“Of course it always feels good to beat your former team, but nothing but love for those guys over there,” Redick said.

Lou Williams led the Clippers with 23 points and six assists, now eclipsing the 20-point mark in 22 of the last 24 games. Danilo Gallinari added 22 points on 15 shots.

“We should have more energy,” Gallinari said. “They were more intense than us from the beginning of the game. We couldn’t match their energy, and I thought that was the difference in the game.”

The Clippers made up for a sluggish start with a strong fourth quarter, bringing the game within two points with about four minutes remaining to play. Following a Philly timeout, the Sixers went on a 7-0 run in less than a minute.

“I just thought they were fresher tonight,” head coach Doc Rivers said on diagnosing the loss. “They played last night, too, obviously they didn’t have to travel. It felt like every loose ball and 50/50 play, they got. On that last lay-up, it felt like we were standing and watching instead of playing them on defense.”

Saturday was the fourth straight game where Sixers center Joel Embiid had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds; he has 20 such games this season.

Ben Simmons finished with 14 points and 10 assists for his 21st double-double of the season. 

“As long as we bring the intensity like we͛’ve been doing every game, we give ourselves a very good chance to win,” Gallinari said. “So like I said, intensity has to be there for 48 minutes. We can͛t have any letups.”

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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