LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 28 factors, Terance Mann added a season-high 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 on Saturday evening of their first sport towards former coach Doc Rivers.
Rivers led the Clippers for seven seasons and directed them to 6 playoff appearances. He took the Philadelphia job lower than every week after being fired by Los Angeles.
Leonard missed Thursday’s sport at San Antonio on account of a sore proper foot, however didn’t present any in poor health results. The star ahead had 19 factors within the first half, together with 12 within the second quarter.
Mann made his first eight photographs from the sphere and was 10 of 12 for the sport. He had 11 factors throughout the second quarter, which tied a profession excessive.
Paul George added 24 factors for the Clippers, who’ve gained 5 straight and 6 of seven.
Tobias Harris had 29 factors for the Sixers, who had a six-game street successful streak snapped. Danny Inexperienced added 17 and Shake Milton 16.
Los Angeles led by 5 at halftime, however took management with seven straight factors to open the third quarter. They had been up 97-84 on the finish of the interval and led by 19 within the fourth.
Philadelphia bought off to a sizzling begin and jumped out to a 21-11 lead with lower than 5 minutes remaining within the first quarter earlier than Los Angeles bought on observe. The Clippers went on an 18-9 run and trailed by one on the finish of the interval.
There have been seven ties and 5 lead modifications within the second quarter earlier than Los Angeles closed the interval on an 8-3 spurt to take a 65-60 lead at halftime.
Dwight Howard was ejected for the second straight sport when he picked up two technical fouls with 10:35 remaining within the fourth quarter. The 76ers middle was referred to as for 2 separate technicals within the first quarter of Thursday’s sport towards the Lakers.
Howard completed with 9 factors and 11 rebounds. The one good that occurred at Staples Heart for him over the three days was he picked up his championship ring after taking part in for the Lakers final season.
The Clippers performed a 90-second video tribute to Rivers throughout the first timeout within the first quarter. Rivers stated the primary journey again to the place he has coached earlier than is all the time bizarre, even when followers had been allowed within the stands.
“We’re having followers now in Philly, nevertheless it feels completely different. It does when you’ve some followers within the crowd. Little doubt about that, however none of that gained’t take away,” he stated. “You already know, I had a variety of good years right here. And you already know, not having followers (right here) gained’t take that away.
“I bought an opportunity to say good day to lots of people and mates I made right here, so I’m glad they’re all doing properly.”
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