The Philadelphia 76ers took their foot off the gas in their 102-101 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
The Sixers seemed to have the game in hand in the second half, leading by as much as 24 points midway through the third quarter. But it was all Clippers from that point on, as Philly was outscored 58-33 from the 7:28 mark of the third quarter onwards.
After the game, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris knew they had nobody else to blame but themselves. The Sixers veterans were vocal in the locker room about showing solidarity, even in defeat.
Via Sixers reporter Tom Moore:
Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey on locker room after losing when ahead by 24: ‘It hurts. Tobias and Joel walked around and said ‘we win together (and) we lose together.’’
Joel Embiid had himself a monster game in the losing effort, pouring in 40 points on 15-for-25 shooting with 13 rebounds and six assists. But it wasn’t enough to keep the Sixers engaged throughout.
“We just lost our focus,” admitted the Sixers center after the game. “In that third quarter, we started off so well. But before the starters came off the floor, we didn’t have the same focus that we came in starting that third quarter.”
#Sixers center Joel Embiid on what happened in loss to #Clippers after leading by 24 points: pic.twitter.com/33awL1l2H6
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) January 22, 2022
The Sixers can make amends for the loss as they head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Sunday night.