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                     === Paul and Clippers thump Sixers ===
 Los  Angeles,  CA (Sports Network)  - Chris Paul  and the Los Angeles Clippers
 put a  surprising loss behind them with a dominating 101-72 win over the road-
 weary Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
 Paul,  after  committing  seven  turnovers  in  a  setback  in  Sacramento  on
 Tuesday,   totaled  19   points,   nine  assists,   six   rebounds  and   five
 steals  in  the resounding triumph.
 Caron   Butler  added  14  points,  while  Willie  Green  and  Jamal  Crawford
 chipped  in  13 and 12, respectively,  for a Clippers attack that connected on
 53 percent from the field.
 Jrue  Holiday  epitomized  Philadelphia's  struggles, as  the  All-Star  point
 guard was  1-ofo-8  from the  field for two  points.
 "Their  defense was  tremendous. They did a good job of trapping Jrue," Sixers
 head coach Doug Collins said.
 Spencer Hawes put up 16 points, seven boards, seven assists and four blocks in
 the loss.
 The  Sixers  were  coming  off  a  successful  3-1  homestand,  but  continued
 their struggles on the road, where they have lost 14 straight.
 After  playing to  a 20-20  tie  in the  opening quarter,  the Clippers  began
 making headway with an 8-0 run to start the second frame.
 The  hosts went  into the break with a  46-36 cushion, and a 9-0 run capped by
 a Green  3-pointer  pushed the margin  to 66-46 with under  five minutes to go
 in the third.
 It  was a  74-58 game with 12  minutes to play, and with another tough matchup
 in  Denver  on Thursday, the Sixers  rested their starters with the outcome no
 longer in doubt.
 "We picked up the rhythm in the second quarter and pulled away," Clippers head
 coach  Vinny Del  Negro said. "In the  second half our activity was better and
 our intensity was better. It was a solid win for us."
                                   Game Notes
 Philadelphia's  last win  as  a visitor  came at  Staples  Center against  the
 Lakers on  New Year's Day.  It is the club's longest road skid during a season
 since  a 20-game  drought back  in 1987-88  ... Thaddeus  Young had  13 points
 and  eight  rebounds for  the Sixers  ... Blake Griffin  shot 2-of-9 for seven
 points for LA, but grabbed nine rebounds and handed out six assists.
 03/21 01:48:24 ET