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Thursday, January 01, 2009

76ers - Clippers: Sixers Break Four Game Losing Skid With Win Over Lifeless Clips

It has been a tough road trip for the Sixers, and getting their first win of this game road trip was important. Unfortunately, the Sixers entire season does not have games against the Clippers, as Philadelphia improved to 2-0 against Elton Brand's old team for the season with a 100-92 victory on New Year's Eve.

This time was a little different though, as Elton Brand did not make the trip with the Sixers due to his dislocated right shoulder. It turned out the Sixers would not need him in this one, as they got great contributions from their other three team leaders; Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, and Thaddeus Young.

Iguodala had 28 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds leading all scorers. Andre Miller added 15 points and nine assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 20 shooting 10 of 14 from the field. Theo Ratliff played a season-high 27 minutes at center, grabbing eight boards and four blocks.

The win improved the Sixers to 1-3 on their six game road trip, with tough games at Dallas and at San Antonio on deck. Tony DiLeo improved to 4-4 as interim head coach, the only interim head coach anywhere near .500.

The Sixers had another terrible day shooting from behind the arc, shooting just 1 for 9 or 11.1%. Royal Ivey made the Sixers' lone three pointer. The Clippers had 18 turnovers and the Sixers scored 25 points off of them, leading them to victory.

Al Thorton led the Clippers with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Marcus Camby added 16 points and 16 rebounds. Rookie Eric Gordon scored 21 points in a team high 43 minutes. Baron Davis had a quiet game with just 11 points and eight assists.

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