PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers are not a good NBA team at this point. But give them credit for at least being consistent.
Poor shooting, costly turnovers and subpar defense have plagued them in recent weeks. Monday night was no different.
Taking advantage, the Los Angeles Clippers took a 94-83 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Clippers improved to 14-8. This game marked their four straight victory and sixth win in the last eight meetings in the series.
The Sixers (7-15) dropped their third straight and lost for the 13th time in 16 games.
A lot of it had to with their shooting: 33 for 92 (35.9 percent). They made just 3 of 21 three-pointers. Also, they were unable to stop Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, point guard Chris Paul and center DeAndre Jordan.
Griffin, an NBA all-star, finished with 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Paul, another all-star, had 25 points, 13 assists and three steals. Jordan added 11 points and 21 rebounds.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 25 points.
Tuner and Co. hung tough even as they struggled to make shots.
In the first half, the Sixers made just 16 of 53 shots -- including 0 for 13 on three-pointers -- and trailed by only 44-36 at the break.
But the Clippers opened the second half on a 13-0 run to take a 57-36 lead with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third.
As they have done in most games, the Sixers mounted a comeback.
They pulled within 80-73 on Turner's layup with 7:17 remaining. They had the momentum until Turner displayed poor judgment.
Turner appeared to be fouled on a shot 38 seconds later. But he ran down the court in the direction of the official who did not make the call. As a result, he had his back turned to a streaking Jared Dudley, who was on his way to a layup. Turner fouled Dudley, who made a three-point play to give the Clippers an 83-73 cushion.
The Sixers pulled within seven points again with 5:14 left. But that was as close as they got.
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