Reporting from Philadelphia — They are a special duo in their own right. Reggie Evans and Kenyon Martin did all the little things that helped the Clippers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, 78-77, Friday night.
Evans had 10 rebounds, half of them offensive. He didn't score, but he played with energy and hustled throughout his 19 minutes.
Martin had seven rebounds, one blocked shot and three points, and he played good defense at power forward and when he was switched over to small forward.
"That's what we've got to bring, man," Martin said. "We're two grown men out here, and that's what we've got to bring."
Evans had three offensive rebounds in the fourth.
Martin had two of his three rebounds on the offensive end in the fourth.
During one sequence in the fourth, Martin blocked Elton Brand's shot, Evans got two consecutive offensive rebounds and Martin got another offensive rebound on the same play.
"They can't just focus on me," Evans said. "They've got to focus on Kenyon. So it can be tough to focus on all of us."
Difficult week for Mo Williams
Mo Williams' grandfather died of cancer earlier this week. Williams said he plans to travel to Isiah Claiborne Williams' funeral Saturday in a town about an hour's drive from Jackson, Miss., and then fly to Charlotte, N.C., for that night's game against the Bobcats.
"The one thing about it is that he left a legacy," Williams said. "He had 26 kids."
And Friday night, Williams played through sickness. He got food poisoning from something he ate Thursday night and was sick into Friday morning.
He missed the team's shootaround Friday but played against the 76ers, gutting out 33 minutes 27 seconds.
He finished with 14 points.
"I felt it for real in the second half," Williams said. "I had no energy, but I just fought through it."
Blake Griffin could have a busy All-Star weekend
With the condensed 66-game schedule over 124 days, Blake Griffin was asked how it could be possible for him to participate in events three nights in a row during All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 24 to 26.
Griffin did it last season, and it took a toll.
He's scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, may participate in the dunk contest Saturday, and will play in the All-Star game Sunday.
Last season, Griffin played for the rookie team Friday, won the dunk contest Saturday by jumping over a car, and played in the All-Star game Sunday.
"Now I'm looking for areas to take a break in this time," Griffin said. "After All-Star break [last season], I was dead for about a month. It was rough."