Of all the franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers are historically the worst. (They’re kind of like the Phillies of basketball.) Of all the NBA teams, only the 10-year-old Charlotte Bobcats have a worse winning percentage. This is a franchise where notoriously penny-pinching owner Donald Sterling once held a Black History Month event in March. The team has won 1 division title and been to the playoffs only 9 times.
Anyway, the Clippers’ biggest win in franchise history is now over the Sixers.
L.A. held leads of 13-0, 30-5, 46-15 (at the end of the first quarter), 66-23, 69-29 (at halftime), 89-33 and 100-51 (at the end of the third quarter) before coasting to a 123-78 final score. Remarkably, it was worse than it sounds.
30-5! It’s the type of score you’d see in an eight-foot rim in-house league of third graders. Here is a play typical of the evening:
The Clippers had enough points to win the game — 79 — at the 8:14 mark of the third quarter. The Sixers shot 27-for-100, 3-for-28 from three point range and, hey, 21-of-25 from the free throw line. (Minor victory No. 1.) Meanwhile, Los Angeles made 50 of its 89 shots. The Clippers’ starters didn’t play the fourth quarter. (Minor victory No. 2: The Sixers outscored the Clippers’ backups in the 4th, 27-23.) No doubt the Blake Griffin–Chris Paul Clippers are different from the teams of yesteryear, but losing to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls by this much would still have been embarrassing.
The celebrities attending the game were thrilled.
The Sixers (15-37) are 3-16 in their last 19 games and have lost six in a row. (Happy, tankers?) They play Golden State tonight at 10:30.
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