LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marko Jaric's assignment against the
Philadelphia 76ers would have been to guard Allen Iverson, had the
three-time scoring champ been healthy. Instead, the Los Angeles
Clippers guard covered Eric Snow in a 101-98 victory Friday night.
Snow, the only player to start every game for the injury-plagued
Sixers, recorded his third straight double-digit assist game with
13. But he was only 5-for-14 from the field and finished with 14
points after missing a game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer as
Jaric got a hand in his face.
"We got the guy that we wanted to take the shot, because Snow's
not a great 3-point shooter. He shot it, and we won the game,"
Clippers forward Elton Brand said. "It was a nice win. We had to
gut it out, and that's what it takes to be a good team. You've got
to win the blowouts, but also win when a team fights back."
Quentin Richardson scored 22 points and Brand had 20 points and
nine rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures for the
They shot 48.7 percent, improving to 8-1 when they shoot 45
percent or better from the field. Corey Maggette had 18 points,
helping Los Angeles win its fifth straight at home.
"Other than a couple of miscues down the stretch, I thought our
guys played a real solid and tough ballgame," Clippers coach Mike
Dunleavy said. "We played with good energy, and we did a lot of
good things coming back on defense."
The 76ers, missing Iverson for the sixth straight game because
of a bruised right knee, lost for the fifth time in their last
seven despite having six players score in double figures. Glenn
Robinson, who led Philadelphia with 21 points, played the fourth
quarter with a laceration under his left eye.
Trailing by nine points with 9:43 to play, the Sixers closed to
92-88 on Snow's driving layup with 6:25 left. They went more than 4
minutes without another field goal before Derrick Coleman's layup
and Aaron McKie's fast-break layup made it 99-96 with 1:16 left.
Clippers reserve Bobby Simmons made one free throw with 1:01
left and Snow hit a short running jumper at the other end to make
McKie missed a 3-point try that would have given Philadelphia
its first lead since early in the first quarter, and Kyle Korver
fouled Richardson on the rebound. Richardson made one free throw,
but Robinson misfired on a 13-foot fadeaway jumper.
"The Clippers played good defense," Snow said. "We had a
chance to win the game, but we could never get a lead."
The Sixers had one more chance to tie after winning a jump ball
and calling a timeout with 6.3 seconds left, but Jaric got a hand
in Snow's face on the final shot and the Sixers finished the fourth
quarter 8-for-26 from the field.
"We wanted a good look at the 3," Philadelphia coach Randy
Ayers said. "The Clippers did a good job on defense. They shut
down our options, which meant Eric had to take the shot."
Brand had 15 points as the Clippers took a 58-54 halftime lead.
The 76ers are 26-38 when Iverson is not in the lineup, 4-4
this season. ... Philadelphia assistant coach Chris Ford is one of
former Clippers coaches who are now head coaches or assistants with
other NBA teams. The others are Larry Brown (Detroit), Paul Silas
(Cleveland), Don Chaney (New York), Alvin Gentry (New Orleans),
Mike Schuler and Jim Todd (Milwaukee), Bob Weiss (Seattle) and Jim
Lynam (Portland). ... Philadelphia is 0-7 in road games they've
trailed after three quarters. ... The Sixers began a five-game road
trip. The Clippers, who won all four games on their previous
homestand, began a six-game homestand that concludes with a game
against their Staples Center co-tenants, the Lakers. ... The Sixers
dropped to 1-15 when they trail with 5 minutes left in regulation.
When they lead with 5 minutes to go, they are 13-0.