The Los Angeles Clippers woke up defensively and gave a better effort overall against the Philadelphia Sixers, that resulted in a 94-83 victory on Monday night.
The Clippers kept the Sixers to a season low 36 points in the first half, with their improved and energetic defense. Clippers also had another brought spot as they held the Sixers to 36% shooting for the game.
Despite the Clippers continuing to miss open shot, they got defensive spot when needed and knocked down some key shots. The opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run that afforded them a 57-36 lead.
Chris Paul took over in the third with 12 crucial points and 5 key assist that kept the Clippers in sync heading into the fourth quarter.
The Sixers showed some heart and refused to quit as they rallied to make a late run and only trailed 83-76 with just about five minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers would remained poised after a three pointer from Paul and a left hand dunk by Blake Griffin that pushed the lead to 88-77.
Paul finished with a spectacular night of 25 points and 13 assist.
“We didn’t want to come out flat. We’ve been doing that a lot this year, especially on the road. So, we tried to come out aggressive and we didn’t want to work our way into it. We wanted to run and pick up the pace and that gave us a little bit of a cushion,” said Paul.
Griffin scored 26 points, and DeAndre Jordan contributed 11 points and a season high 21 rebounds playing with a sore foot.
The Clippers have been decimated with injuries thus far this season, playing with out JJ Redick, Reggie Bullock, and Matt Barnes.
Chris Paul expressed the mentality of the team dealing with injuries,"ain't nobody going to feel sorry for us. We've got to go out there and compete."
Head Coach Doc Rivers echoed those some thoughts, "we've just got to go out there and keep grinding and can't worry about anything."
The Sixers bright spot was Evan Turner who finished with 25 points, along with Thaddeus Young with 16 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
Rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams did not play due to injury for the third straight game.
The Clippers not only captured the win but also got a bit of good news in the form of signing veteran Stephen Jackson.
The terms of the deal haven't been disclosed as of yet, Rivers also shared his thoughts on the signing.
"Nothing's done in our league until it's done, as you know. I just think he's a veteran. We need him in a pinch, and we need him, like, now. That's a guy you can bring in, and hopefully he can give you something right away."
The Clippers will take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.