Fans may not want to shut down Clippers games until they’re over-end this season.
For the second time this month, the Clippers recovered from a 20-point deficit – this time back with a 102-101 win in Philadelphia, where the 76ers led by 24 points, 68-44, with 6:39 left in the second in three, then the Clippers overcame them 58-33.
It’s only the fourth time this season that a team has come back victorious by at least 24 points – and the Clippers are the only team in the NBA to have so many comebacks this season.
They also made a 25-point comeback against Denver on January 11 at Crypto.com Arena.
The Clippers have seven players scoring doubles, led by Reggie Jackson’s 19 and including Nicolas Batum’s 15 – which comes with some tough defenses from 7-foot-tall All-Star Joel Embiid and some another important contributor in times of crisis.
These include counter-attacks and passes to Marcus Morris Sr. for a 3-point pointer, tie it at 96-96.
Then, Batum stole midway through – and fed Ivica Zubac to beat and lead, 98-96, with 1:30 left in a game of bold back-and-forth strokes.
“It’s got to be the most stingy guy in the league,” said Jackson, who also had nine assists to help the Clippers make it 1-1 with six games in an eight-game campaign that spanned the entire season.
While the Clippers are without All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they have also had to play without Batum for 20 of their 47 games this season – including Wednesday’s extra-time loss in Denver, when Batum are in healthy condition COVID-19. and safety protocols after a fruitless trial.
Who knows where they might be if they got his services more often.
He flew to Philadelphia late Thursday night and started Friday alongside Morris, who also missed the game against Denver for personal reasons. At home, he missed two late free throws but he contributed 12 points and nine rebounds and won.
The Clippers led with 13 points in the first quarter. The Sixers led by 14 in the second quarter and 24 between the third quarter. And then the Clippers won it in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,182 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
After Zubac tore a bounce from Embiid to preserve possession of the Clippers – it ended successfully, as Amir Coffey sank a short 100-97 jump to just 39.7 seconds.
A pair of free throws from Embiid – the league’s heaviest fouler who hit 7-10 from the Friday line and finished with 40 points and 14 rebounds – made it 100-99.
After Jackson was fouled and both free throws were taken, and Embiid missed, Morris was fouled and missed both free throws. He swerved the ball after that, returning the ball to the home team. Tyrese Maxey had a look but his float almost fit between the backboard and the rim – off the line.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/21/reggie-jackson-caps-clippers-comeback-win-against-76ers/ Reggie Jackson scores in Clippers comeback against 76ers – San Bernardino Sun