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'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Clippers

LOS ANGELES – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Los Angeles Clippers’ 123-78 victory over the 76ers on Sunday night at Staples Center:

'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, puts up a shot as<br />Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner defends during the first half<br />of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, puts up a shot as Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

LOS ANGELES – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Los Angeles Clippers’ 123-78 victory over the 76ers on Sunday night at Staples Center: 

Best performance: This is a tough one. Make that an extremely tough one, because a number of Clippers dominated the Sixers. But I have to give this to Blake Griffin. The all-star power forward put on a show against his overmatched opponents. Griffin made 11 of 14 shots attempts en route to finishing with 26 points. He also had 11 rebounds, six assists, and a steal even though he briefly left the game in the first quarter with a left shin bruise. At one point, Griffin led a fastbreak on the wing. He threw a no-look pass back to point guard Chris Paul. The Wake Forest product lobbed the ball back to Griffin. The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder delivered his second consecutive tomahawk alley-oop dunk.

Worst performance: This has to go Spencer Hawes. The Sixers center missed all eight of his field-goal attempts en route to being held scoreless. Hawes was nonfactor despite being the tallest player on the court at 7-1.

Best defensive performance: Even though Paul had four steals, this award goes to his Clippers’ teammate  DeAndre Jordan. The center had a game-high four blocked shots to go with a steal. Jordan also finished with 10 points and 20 rebounds – 14 on the defensive end – in 29 minutes.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Tony Wroten wins this award after producing 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting. The backup point guard was one of the few bright spots for the Sixers.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers’ second-quarter field goals. They made just 3 of 25 shots in the quarter. They made just eight combined for the half.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ foul shooting. They made 21 of 25 free throws.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the Sixers’ performance from start to finish. Unable to stop anything the Clippers were doing, they trailed 46-15 after one quarter. Los Angeles extended its lead to 56 points midway through the third quarter.

Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers 



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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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