This was the spot of happy times for the
The joke was almost on the Clippers on Monday night.
They looked slow and ragged against the worst team in the NBA, trailing by as many as 19 points, before something even more improbable happened. The Clippers forced overtime and prevailed in a game they led for only 13 seconds in regulation, edging the 76ers, 98-92, at the Wells Fargo Center.
J.J. Redick came around a
"Execution is what makes great teams great, and right there we started executing," said Clippers point guard
"We were just kind of out there, just moving around, not really talking at all," said Jordan, who finished with 21 rebounds, 12 points and three blocks. "We didn't play with force. We let them catch it wherever they wanted to, they connected the dots passing the basketball. We didn't box out, we weren't physical."
Jordan said Doc Rivers and assistant coach
Philadelphia scored only 29 points in the second half and four in the overtime. What was the difference in the Clippers' defense?
"We played it," Jordan said. "We actually played defense."
Jerami Grant scored 17 points off the bench for the 76ers (8-44), who missed a chance to win the game at the end of regulation when Jahlil Okafor couldn't connect on a jumper.
Doc Rivers said he figured the basketball gods were imposing their will on a night the Clippers shot only 36.8% when Crawford's three-point attempt with 48 seconds left in regulation rimmed out, leaving the Clippers down by four points. But Jordan grabbed the rebound and was fouled, making one of two free throws to cut the 76ers' lead to 88-85.
And so there were happy times again for the Clippers even with
They're also 3-0 on a trip that ends Wednesday in Boston for their final game before the All-Star break. Doc Rivers said before the game that he wanted to depart Philadelphia as soon as possible to beat an approaching snowstorm and get to Boston, where he could feast on lobster rolls at his beloved Neptune Oyster.
"It's the best lobster rolls in the world," the former