May 16, 2022

Reggie Jackson caps Clippers’ comeback win against 76ers

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Fans might not want to turn off Clippers games until they’re over-over this season.

For the second time this month, the Clippers rallied from a 20-some point deficit – this time roaring back for a 102-101 victory in Philadelphia, where the 76ers led by 24 points, 68-44, with 6:39 left in the third period, after which the Clippers outscored them 58-33.

It’s just the fourth time this season that a team has come back to win when trailing by at least 24 points – and the Clippers are the only team in the NBA to have multiple such comebacks this season.

They also pulled off a 25-point comeback against Denver on Jan. 11 at Arena.

The Clippers had seven players score in double figures, led by Reggie Jackson’s 19 points and including Nicolas Batum’s 15 points – to go with some tough defense on 7-foot All-Star Joel Embiid and some other crucial crunch-time contributions.

Those included the offensive rebounds and pass to Marcus Morris Sr. for a 3-pointer that tied it at 96-96.

Then Batum came away with a steal at midcourt – and fed Ivica Zubac for a layup and the lead, 98-96, with 1:30 left in a game with bold back-and-forth brush strokes.

“That has to be the best glue guy in the league, man,” said Jackson, who also had nine assists as the Clippers improved to 1-1 with six games to go on their season-long eight-game road trip.

While the Clippers don’t have All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they have also had to play without Batum for 20 of their 47 games this season – including in Wednesday’s overtime loss in Denver, when Batum was in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols following an inconclusive test.

Who knows where they might be if they’d had his right-place-right-time-right-idea services more often.

He flew into Philadelphia late Thursday night and started Friday beside Morris, who also missed the Denver game for personal reasons. In his hometown, he missed two free throws late but he contributed 12 points and nine rebounds and walked away a winner.

The Clippers led by 13 points in the first quarter. The Sixers led by 14 in the second quarter and 24 midway through the third. And then the Clippers won the thing before a sellout crowd of 20,182 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

After Zubac ripped a rebound away from Embiid to preserve the Clippers’ possession – which ended successfully, as Amir Coffey sank a short jumper 100-97 with just 39.7 seconds left.

A pair of free throws by Embiid – the league’s most voluminous foul shooter, who went 7 for 10 from the line Friday and finished with 40 points and 14 rebounds – made it 100-99.

After Jackson was fouled and made both free throws, and Embiid dunked, Morris got fouled and missed both free throws. He dove on the loose ball afterward, giving back the ball to the home team. Tyrese Maxey had a look but his floater almost wedged itself between the backboard and the rim – off the mark.

More to come on this story.

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