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76ers lose by 45 points to Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- Arnett Moultrie talked about being "an energy guy" for the 76ers. The reserve power forward/center was excited about his first appearance of the season Sunday night.

But all he did was experience a beat-down alongside his teammates. The Los Angeles Clippers humiliated the Sixers, 123-78, at the Staples Center.

In Moultrie's defense, the game was out of hand by the time he entered with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the opening quarter. By then, the Clippers (36-18) had a commanding 36-13 lead. But the night only got worse for the Sixers, losers of six straight and 16 of their last 19 games.

They made just 8 of 52 first-half field goals (15.4 percent), and 27 of 100 for the game. The Sixers were trailing by 69-30 at halftime. Their halftime point total was a season low. Their 78 points tied the season low they sank to at Chicago on Jan. 18. They trailed by as many as 56 points in the third quarter. And things could have been worse.

Clipper coach Doc Rivers started taking his starters out midway through the third quarter.

Power forward Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan still managed to post double-doubles.

Griffin, an all-star, finished with 26 points on 11-for-14 shooting. He also had 11 rebounds and six assists even though he briefly left the game in the first quarter with a left shin bruise.

Jordan had 10 points and game-high 20 rebounds. Guard Jamal Crawford finished 21 points. All-star point guard Chris Paul added seven points and a game-high eight assists after missing the last 18 games with a separated right shoulder.

At times, the game resembled an And-1 mixtape tour stop instead of an NBA game.

At one point Griffin led a fastbreak on the wing. He threw a no-look pass back to Paul. The Wake Forest product lobbed the ball back to Griffin. The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder delivered his second consecutive tomahawk alley-oop dunk. This one made it 62-21 with 4:46 left in the half.

Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 21 points. Thaddeus Young had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 14 points but made just 5 of 18 shots.

Moultrie was held scoreless in 16 minutes off the bench in his season debut. He missed all three of his shots and grabbed two rebounds.

He flew from Tulsa, Okla., to Los Angeles on Sunday to play in the game.

The 6-10, 240-pounder was called up Saturday night from the Delaware 87ers, the franchise's NBA Development League team. The 23-year-old had seven points, five rebounds and a blocked shotfor Delaware in Saturday night's 102-95 setback to the Tulsa 66ers. Moultrie, who averaged 13.7 points during the three-game stint, was sent down to get into playing shape.

He practiced for the first time in late December after preseason ankle surgery.

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