NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 19th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (11-14) at Philadelphia 76ers (7-19), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers hope to build on their most impressive win of the season Saturday when they welcome the improved Los Angeles Clippers to a snowy City of Brotherly Love.
The Sixers stunned their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics, on Friday when Elton Brand tipped-in a Marreese Speights miss with 7.7 seconds left in regulation as Philadelphia ended the Celtics' 11-game winning streak with a thrilling 98-97 decision at TD Garden.
Brand finished with a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds, while fellow reserve Speights added 17 and 10 for the Sixers, who have won two of three following a debilitating 12-game skid. Andre Iguodala and Willie Green chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the victors.
"We made some great plays down the end, big plays. And for a long time, we've lost these types of games," Sixers head coach Eddie Jordan said. "We just kept saying we couldn't get a break and we came to the conclusion that we have to make our breaks. We said that before and we made some breaks tonight."
Philadelphia earned the win, its first this season against a team with a winning record, despite the absence of star guard Allen Iverson, who sat with arthritis in his left knee as well as a stress reaction in his right fibula and a contusion in his left shoulder.
His status for tonight's contest is up in the air but Jordan sounded like he didn't expect Iverson back in the lineup.
"We think for certain he'll be ready by the end of next week," Jordan said. "He's been really battling some issues. We think he'll be really, really healthy by next week."
The Clippers, meanwhile, suffered a hard-fought loss in Madison Square Garden last night when David Lee finished with a game-high 25 points and had the go- ahead tip-in in the final minute, as the New York Knicks scored the game's final five points to take a 95-91 victory over LA.
Chris Kaman had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who had a two- game win streak broken. Baron Davis added 19 points and Al Thornton 17 in the setback.
"They did a good job in the second half of what they wanted to do," Kaman said. "We didn't make them change it up like we did the first half. Thought we lost a little energy in the second half coming out."
The Sixers have won four straight over the Clips.
12/19 10:31:44 ET