Here are my key takeaways and “best” and “worst” awards from the 76ers’ 112-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.
— The Sixers showed maturity by responding to the Clippers’ late charge. Down 16 points in the second quarter, Los Angeles pulled within two points with 6:05 left. The Sixers responded with a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.
— Justin Anderson has settled into one of the Sixers’ go-to reserves. The swingman finished with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Once known as just an energy guy, Anderson made 2 of 3 three-point shots.
— Joel Embiid still needs to work on his conditioning. The all-star center was noticeably fatigued in the fourth quarter before bagging his knee while slipping on the floor in the fourth quarter.
— Even though he needs to get in better shape, Embiid is still a beast. He had 29 points and 16 rebounds to become the first Sixer since Charles Barkley in 1992 to have at least 24 points and 10 rebounds in four consecutive games.
—T.J. McConnell’s eight assists were the most he had since recording the same number back on Jan. 15. The reserve point guard’s 17 points also marked the 12th time this season that he’s scored 15 or more points.
“Best” and “worst” awards
— Best performance: It would have been insane to not give this to Embiid for the second consecutive night.
— Worst performance: I had to give this to Austin Rivers. The Clippers point guard struggled offensively, shooting 4 of 14 to finish with 10 points. He missed seven of his eight three-point attempts.
— Best defensive performance: This goes to Embiid, who had one steal to go with his game-high three blocks.
— Worst statistic: This goes to the Clippers shooting 60.9 percent (14 of 23) from the foul line.
— Best statistic: This goes to McConnell and Anderson combining to score 29 of the Sixers’ 35 bench points. They also combined to shoot 78.6 percent from the field.
— Worst of the worst: This goes to the Clippers falling apart after pulling within two points (95-93) late in the game. They went on to shoot 3-for-12 and committed four turnovers the rest of the way.