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Clippers’ late comeback falls short in loss to 76ers

Clippers’ late comeback falls short in loss to 76ers

  • The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, tries to get past the 76ers’ Ben Simmons during the second half of Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 110-103. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Josh Richardson (0) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers’ Furkan Korkmaz during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, goes up for a shot between Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, right, and Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, right, cannot get a shot past Philadelphia 76ers’ Matisse Thybulle during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George, left, tries to get a shot past Philadelphia 76ers’ Josh Richardson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) goes up for a shot past Philadelphia 76ers’ Josh Richardson, right, and Al Horford during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) goes up for a shot past Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, top, leaps for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, left, and Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, left, drives past Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons goes up for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) goes up for a dunk as Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) and Al Horford (42) look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, goes up for a shot between Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, right, and JaMychal Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid reacts after getting called for a double-technical foul with Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, dunks the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard walks to the bench during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons had 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Clippers 110-103 on Tuesday night.

Joel Embiid also scored 26 points and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, which has the NBA’s best home record at 25-2. Josh Richardson scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points on 12-for-23 shooting, and reserve Landry Shamet, playing his first game against his former team since being traded one year ago, scored 19, going 5 for 9 from 3-point range.

Richardson nailed his third 3-pointer of the quarter to give Philadelphia a 102-94 lead with 4:44 left. Then he scored on a driving left-handed layup and made the free throw to complete the 3-point play, extending the lead to 11. His free throw made it 110-100 with 1:15 remaining after the Clippers cut the deficit to single digits.

Leonard faced the Sixers for the first time since his quadruple-bounce, Game 7 buzzer-beater knocked Philadelphia out of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last May. Leonard’s shot gave Toronto a 92-90 victory and the Raptors went on to beat Milwaukee and then Golden State to win the NBA championship.

The Sixers opened the second half on Tuesday with a 16-5 run, taking a 70-59 lead. Simmons, Embiid and Glenn Robinson III combined for 14 of the 16.

The Sixers led by 12 in the second quarter after Embiid’s reverse layup two minutes in, but the Clippers chipped away. The Clippers closed out the half with a layup by Williams and pull-up jumper by Leonard to tie it at 54.

Many of the Clippers’ typical contributors had sub-par games.

Forward Paul George was just 3 for 15 from the field and finished with 11 points. Lou Williams was 5 for 15 and had 13 points, and Montrezl Harrell had just 10 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

The Sixers (34-21) outscored the Clippers 58-38 in the paint.

ALL LOVE

Embiid heard some boos mixed in with loud cheers when he was introduced. The All-Star center shushed the crowd and screamed an expletive following a shot on Sunday after the team heard boos. He exacerbated the situation with a social media post on Monday and a friendly exchange with Jimmy Butler, hinting he might join his former teammate who now plays for Miami.

But it was all love for Embiid in the fourth quarter after he and newly acquired Clipper Marcus Morris got into a shoving match. Embiid did a shimmy for fans and got a loud ovation.

TIP-INS

Leonard was back in the Clippers’ lineup after sitting out a lopsided win over Cleveland. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his third straight game and sixth since Jan. 21 because of a sore right groin. … The Clippers dropped to 1-2 with one game remaining (Thursday, at Boston) on a four-game trip. … 76ers forward Al Horford came off the bench for the first time since his rookie season in 2007. Horford didn’t score a point Sunday for the first time in 835 games. Furkan Korkmaz started instead and Robinson took Korkmaz’s spot to begin the third quarter. Korkmaz had no points in 23 minutes after scoring 65 total in the past two games. … Guard Alec Burks made his Sixers debut. He was acquired along with Robinson from Golden State for draft picks last week.

UP NEXT

The Clippers play at Boston on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break.


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