Embiid, Sixers Dominate Glass/Clippers 119-113...

Los Angeles, CA.— The Los Angeles Clippers (21-16) first game of the New Year did not start great against the Philadelphia Sixers. Losing to Sixers 119-113 at Staples Cernter to go to 12-6 at home.

They were once 9-1 in front of the home crowd and now move to 12-6 at home. The loss also moves Los Angeles to sixth spot out West. 

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They found themselves down double figures after the first quarter (41-28) and things spiraled downward. They had already given up 8 offensive rebounds and were being pushed around by the physicality of Philly.

Los Angeles had already given up 76 points at the half and were down 18 and had already given up 9 offensive rebounds. With no answer for Philly's big man Joel Embiid (19 pts, 8 reb) in the first half, the Sixers were cruising to to victory.

Going into the 4th the Sixers were in a commanding lead 101-84.

Then Philly's Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley were ejected in the 4th just several mintues after Joel Embiid and Patrick Beverly got into a shoving match. LA showed some fight and begin to slowly chip away at the deficient and down 110-95 went on a 10-0 run to cut Philly's lead to 110-105.

Los Angeles had ample opportunity in the final seconds of the game. Down just four  (116-111) with 25 seconds Sixers Ben Simmons missed two consecutive free throws, but Clippers Marcin Gortat was called for a lane violation and Simmons was given another attempt. He missed that one as well and Philly was able to grab the offensive rebound. 

The game never got any closer. 

"Give Philly credit," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "They were the instigator all game. They deserved to win. They played harder for longer."

They lose despite having four players score +20. Lou Williams led LA with 22 on 8-19 from the field. Danillo Gallinari and Tobias Harris each had 21. Montrezl Harrell had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and said after the game about Sixers Embiid: 

"Every time we got physical with him it turned into a foul, but we waited too long and had to fight and ran out of gas."

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The Philadelphia Sixers (24-14) has a core of young talent led by All-StarJoel Embiid that the league is going to have to deal with for year's.

The 24-year old controlled the game and Los Angeles and Doc Rivers had no answer. He was hitting pull-up three's, taking guy's off the dribble, playing with his back to the basket, etc. and most importantly getting LA's bigs in foul trouble. 

He's finished with another double-double (32nd of season) and game-highs off 28 points and 14 rebounds.

"My goal is to be dominant every game," Embiid said. "If I dominate, the numbers will come, but most important is that we win." 

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Ben Simmons who had 14 points, 9 rebounds, & 8 assist, said after the game about the physicality and what the Clipper players were doing. Referring to his teammate Jimmy Butler who was ejected in the 4th along with Clippers Avery Bradley.

"I'd get (angry) if those guys were doing those things to me that they were doing to Jimmy and Joel, But we made key buckets down the stretch and played tough defense. I'm getting more comfortable with my jumper and our team is learning to play their roles and we're playing better together."

Butler finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds. JJ Redick had 18 points (16 in 1st half), and TJ McConnell chipped in with 11. 

Philly was a +14 in rebounding (55-41) and held LA to 2% shooting from 3-pt (5-25). They travel to Phoenix to face the Suns on a back-to-back. 

Clippers Next Game: Friday 1/4 @Phoenix 6:00 PT.