By Harry Allison
The Sixers completed a lost weekend for Philly teams last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by losing to the Clippers 130-99.
Earlier Saturday, the Kings took out the Flyers 2-1.
DeAndre Jordan led six players in double figures with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Clippers took their season-high sixth straight victory. They improved to 5-0 without the injured Blake Griffin.
Chris Paul added 15 points and 14 assists while setting up Jordan for some highlight-reel dunks that excited the sellout crowd against an opponent with the NBA’s worst record.
Rookie big man Jahlil Okafor scored 23 points off the bench for the 76ers, who fell to 2-21 on the road and 3-33 overall while giving up a season high in points. Nik Stauskas made six 3-pointers for 18 points, and Nerlens Noel added 13 points.
”We really made new strides on this trip,” Okafor said. ”We won two games and we have Ish Smith here now. He’s a new piece to this team and we’re all really excited about it.”
The Clippers pulled away to a 69-52 lead with a 26-12 run to end the first half. Jordan scored 10 points, punctuated by three dunks – including one off an alley-oop from Paul. Austin Rivers and Paul added four points each in the spurt.
The 76ers led by five in the first quarter, when they shot 50 percent from the floor and owned a 16-2 edge in the paint. They kept it close until midway through the second, when they trailed by three.
”We played with a little more of a swagger in these games and we’re figuring some things out,” Noel said.
In the second, the Clippers launched their big run, propelled by Jordan’s raw power at the rim. He even went 3 of 5 on free throws to go with five rebounds in the period.
”Everybody is building their confidence,” Paul said. ”Everybody is playing at the right pace and right spirit. We’re just trying to hold it down until the big guy gets back.”
Jordan kept it up in the third, dunking three more times. His best came on a fast-break alley-oop when Paul passed behind his head to a trailing Jordan, who slammed it home for an 89-65 lead. J.J. Redick, who finished with 16 points, added three 3-pointers in the quarter.
Doc Rivers rested his starters in the fourth, which began with the Clippers leading 103-74.
Austin Rivers scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth. Jamal Crawford had 13 points and Wesley Johnson 12 for the Clippers, who shot 60 percent from the floor and 80 percent at the line.