NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 20 27 30 26 103
Philadelphia 31 28 22 25 106
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , April 16, 2021
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 4,094

Clippers face 76ers, aim to extend win streak to eight

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Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. Philadelphia is 6-3 against Los Angeles over the last five seasons, but the Clippers have won the last two meetings, including a 122-112 game in L.A. on March 27. From February 10, 2012, to February 8, 2016, the Clippers beat the 76ers in nine consecutive meetings.
  2. The 76ers have won three in a row and are 6-2 since the calendar turned to April. Philadelphia has held opponents to 27.3-percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc during its three-game run and the 76ers' 31.8 opponents' three-point percentage in April is the league's second best (LAL, 29.8%).
  3. The Clippers are riding the league's longest active winning streak at seven games and are 13-2 over their last 15 games. Los Angeles has scored at least 100 points in each of its seven wins during the streak and has the NBA's best record when scoring 100+ points this season at 38-11 (.776).
  4. Joel Embiid is on pace to break the NBA record for free throw attempt frequency, getting to the line 17.4 times per 48 minutes. The current record is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who attempted 16.9 free throws per 48 minutes in the 1961-62 season with the Philadelphia Warriors.
  5. Ivica Zubac is averaging 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over his last four games. Zubac is shooting 71.1 percent at home this season and 58.7 percent on the road. That 12.4-percent difference is the second-largest home-over-road gap in the league (Jaxson Hayes, +16.6%; min. 2.0 FGM/team game).
  6. Marcus Morris Sr. is fourth among qualified shooters in three-point percentage this season at 47.6 percent. The Clippers are 26-6 this season when Morris makes at least two three-pointers and are 13-12 when he makes less than two or doesn't play.

Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Los Angeles Clippers will face an important, late-season test when they square off against the host Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

In an earlier matchup between the teams, when Sixers head coach Doc Rivers put his new team up against his former one, the Clippers won 122-112 at Los Angeles on March 27.

The latest victory for the Clippers was gritty -- a 100-98 come-from-behind triumph on the road over the Detroit Pistons when Reggie Jackson made the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds left over his former team.

Even more impressive, Los Angeles played without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris. The Clippers finished with only 10 assists and struggled to create shots with some of their front line unavailable.

"With those key pieces out, sometimes you just have to find ways to win games, however you can do it," Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said. "I'm proud of our guys for the way they played tonight, just by the way they kept competing. They didn't make a lot of shots. The offense wasn't great, wasn't pretty. But we just kept fighting, kept clawing and kept grinding. And that's why I'm proud of our team."

Leonard missed the game with a sore right foot, while Ibaka continues to deal with a lingering lower-back issue. Beverley is out for the next month with a broken left hand, and the Clippers chose to give George and Morris a day of rest.

"It's just being a resilient group," Jackson said when asked about his team's success playing short-handed. "Honestly, this team has had its ups and downs with injuries that we've sustained throughout the year, with guys being in and out of the lineup.

"It's been real topsy-turvy. It's been tough for us at times, but I think it's shaping us into who we are, finding ways to continue to lean on each other as brothers."

The 76ers' Joel Embiid did not play in the first game between the teams due to a knee injury he suffered on March 12 against the Washington Wizards.

Since returning to the starting lineup two weeks ago, Embiid has returned to his MVP-style level of play.

Over the past five games, Embiid is averaging 30.2 points and 9.0 rebounds. The big man was at his best in a 123-117 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 39 points and 13 rebounds.

Philadelphia seized control of the top of the Eastern Conference with the victory and is riding a three-game winning streak.

"The last time a center won (MVP), Shaq was extremely dominant," Embiid said of Shaquille O'Neal's 2000 honor. "And I feel like that's what I've been all season. Just dominant, just impossible to guard.

"I'm either getting to the free-throw line or scoring -- going through anything. So it would be great (to win the MVP). Obviously, that's something I want very much. But, then again, I'm trying to win a championship. So we've just got to take one game at a time and get every single win that we can."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 16, 2021

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