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Sixers’ Al Horford reacts to coming off bench for first time since rookie season

Al Horford, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers big man Al Horford came off the bench for the Sixers on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It was the first time since his rookie season that Horford didn’t start, and it is certainly not how the veteran pictured his first season with the Sixers after signing a lucrative free agent deal with them this past offseason.

The Sixers wound up defeating the Clippers by a final score of 110-103. Horford played 28 minutes off the bench and put up nine points, six rebounds and three assists.

Al Horford entered Tuesday averaging 12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He’s shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free-throw line.

When Horford signed with the Sixers, many pundits around the league knew his fit with stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons would be poor. While Philly is on its way to making the playoffs barring an incredible collapse, head coach Brett Brown and his staff have to figure out which lineups are the most effective come playoff time.

With the win over the Clippers, the Sixers improved to 34-21 on the season. They are on a three-game winning streak and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.