Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Sunday, November 13th
Game 2: Friday, March 17th

76ers 89

(31-34, 12-20 away)

Clippers 99

(38-26, 23-10 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 17, 2006

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 21 23 22 2389
    LAC 27 25 30 1799

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: C. Webber 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    Clippers pass last year's win total, beat Sixers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers were determined to come back strong from one of their most lopsided defeats of the season, and they did it with defense. Not having Allen Iverson to deal with certainly helped.

    Elton Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cuttino Mobley had 20 points against his hometown team, and the Clippers blocked a season-high 13 shots Friday night in a 99-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

    "We wanted to protect the paint -- especially after that last game," Brand said. "We didn't protect the paint at all against Phoenix, and those guys got layups and easy shots. So we wanted to contest a lot of shots, and we got some opportunities."

    Iverson, the NBA's No. 2 scorer, missed his third straight game because of a sprained ankle and bruised foot. Philadelphia is 40-63 without him in the lineup, including the playoffs, and 2-5 this season. The four-time NBA scoring champ leads the league with an average of 43.3 minutes per game.

    "Certainly you have to make adjustments on the offensive end," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "When you have a player like that in the fourth quarter, you have a tendency to look for him and realize he has that ability to take over a game. On the defensive end, he creates some turnovers for us and easy baskets. And we haven't gotten as many with him out of the lineup."

    The Clippers didn't miss Iverson at all.

    "Without him, it's like 30 points that's gone. So you can't really make that up," Corey Maggette said. "You need to have a lot of players make that up, and they just can't do it right now."

    With their 38th win, the Clippers surpassed their total from last season. Four more victories in their final 18 games would clinch only their second winning season since 1978-79, when the team was based in San Diego. The other one was 1991-92, when they finished 45-37 and made the playoffs.

    The Clippers have gotten into the postseason two other times since then with records of 41-41 and 36-46.

    Chris Webber had 19 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who have lost six of their last seven and are three games under .500 for the first time since Dec. 8 (8-11). They have lost 10 of their last 12 road meetings with the Clippers.

    "They don't usually push that type of tempo for 48 minutes, but they did to have us expend some energy," Cheeks said. "We got back in the game a little bit, but never really threatened enough to have a chance."

    Four-year veteran John Salmons, starting at point guard for Iverson, had a career-high 12 assists along with 10 points in 38 minutes. All five Philadelphia starters scored in double figures, but their reserves were outscored 36-15 by the Clippers' bench.

    "It's been great having that bench threat," Brand said. "We haven't had that the entire season, so to have all those guys coming off the bench -- not only holding a lead but sometimes adding to a lead and playing defense -- it's great for the starters."

    Vladimir Radmanovic scored 13 points, helping Los Angeles win for the fifth time in six games. His layup and 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter gave the Clippers an 87-68 lead, and Philadelphia got no closer than the final margin.

    "It's great having Radmanovic," Maggette said. "He opens up the floor so much. And when he's hitting shots like that, it just makes our team a lot better. We've got a lot of scorers coming off the bench right now."

    Los Angeles' reserves outscored Philadelphia's bench 21-4 in the first half, offsetting 17 points by Webber and helping the Clippers take a 53-44 lead at intermission.

    The 76ers are eighth in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of idle Chicago, and are the only team among the top eight in either conference with a losing record (31-34).

    Game notes

    Sixers C Steven Hunter was saddened to hear about the death of legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer on Friday at age 92. He attended Meyer's basketball camp at Three Lakes, Wis., as an eighth-grader, and also met him a couple of times at team banquets during his two seasons with the Blue Demons. "He was a great man and a great teacher," Hunter said. "You really wanted to be in his presence because he had so much knowledge. He told us to learn all you can, learn from all your experiences, keep them in your head and use them. He told us to always grow as a person and never stay the same. He was just a pleasure to be around."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 99
    FGM-FGA 36-83 (.434) 39-80 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 11-20 (.550) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-44 7-44
    Assists 30 23
    Turnovers 12 7
    Steals 3 6
    Blocks 5 13
    Fast Break Points 10 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 13 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 1 22

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 19
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 6