Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Friday, December 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 7th

76ers 98

(14-15, 6-8 away)

Clippers 101

(12-13, 9-5 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, December 26, 2003

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 21 33 23 2198
    LAC 27 31 22 21101

    Top Performers

    Phi: E. Snow 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl

    LAC: E. Brand 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    All five L.A. starters score in double figures

    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 Clippers.

    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 it 100-98.

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 101
    FGM-FGA 37-79 (.468) 37-76 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 5-12 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 22-32 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-33 11-41
    Assists 30 22
    Turnovers 17 17
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 4 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Eric Snow Snow
    Points: 14
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 20
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5