PHILADELPHIA -- Forward Blake Griffin scored 26 points, and point guard Chris Paul had 12 of his 25 points and five of his 13 assists in the pivotal third quarter Monday night as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the PHILADELPHIA 76ers 94-83.
Guard/forward Evan Turner scored 25 points to lead PHILADELPHIA, which is 0-3 since losing rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams to a skin infection on the front of his right knee. Overall, the Sixers (7-15) are 1-7 this season without Carter-Williams. They dropped seven of their past eight games.
The Clippers, 2-2 over the first four games of a seven-game road trip, reeled off the first 13 points of the third quarter to extend a 44-36 lead to 57-36. Paul assisted on four baskets in that stretch, including 3-pointers by forward Jared Dudley and guard Willie Green.
Los Angeles (14-8) enjoyed a 76-60 advantage at the end of the period. The Sixers drew no closer than seven in the final quarter, the last time at 90-83. Griffin drew an offensive foul from PHILADELPHIA forward Hollis Thompson with 1:32 left, and Paul coaxed in a jumper. Jordan later added a tip-in to account for the final margin.
Griffin had 15 points before the break, 11 as Los Angeles assumed a 33-21 lead early in the second quarter, but the Clippers missed their next 10 shots. PHILADELPHIA rattled off nine straight points to cut the gap to three, but Los Angeles outscored the Sixers 11-6 the rest of the half. Paul and Griffin had four each in that stretch.
NOTES: Sixers G Michael Carter-Williams remains day-to-day, according to coach Brett Brown. Carter-Williams was discharged from the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday after spending three nights there while undergoing treatment for the skin infection on the front of his right knee. ... Free agent G/F Stephen Jackson, who last played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs last season, announced via Instagram he signed with the Clippers. However, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers, speaking before the game, said only that a deal was close with Jackson. "We need him in a pinch, and we need him, like, now," Rivers said. The Clippers are thin on the perimeter, with G J.J. Redick (broken hand), G/F Matt Barnes (retinal tear, left eye) and G Reggie Bullock (ankle sprain) all out. ... ESPN reported Sunday that the Sixers could offer F Thaddeus Young to the Houston Rockets in exchange for C Omer Asik. "I think it would be very hard (to leave), seeing as this has been the only place I've been in my career," said Young, who is in his seventh season.