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Embiid, Covington lead 76ers to 109-105 win over Clippers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The 76ers had their eyes on the future Monday night, and it certainly looked bright.

Their present wasn't too bad, either.

Philadelphia has several talented young players and three of them - center Joel Embiid, forward Robert Covington and guard Ben Simmons - had it all working in a 109-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Embiid put up 32 points and 16 rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes and had his way with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, a defensive standout.

Robert Covington added 31 points, including a key 3-pointer that gave the Sixers the lead for good with 33 seconds remaining. Ben Simmons had 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The 23-year-old Embiid and 21-year-old Simmons dominated for much of the night.

''They're two of the best players in the league already,'' Sixers guard JJ Redick said. ''They're both MVP-caliber players. They're fantastic and we're all along for the ride.''

The Clippers lost their sixth straight despite getting 31 points off the bench from Lou Williams. Blake Griffin added 29 but failed to score in the fourth quarter, going 0 for 4.

Los Angeles rallied from a 14-point deficit to lead by five with 2:11 to play, but the Sixers made all the key plays down the stretch.

''We took bad shots,'' Griffin said. ''I took bad shots. We got stagnant and just didn't trust our offense.''

Simmons made all three of his shots for nine points in the fourth quarter and had four rebounds.

''He's a difference-maker,'' said Sixers coach Brett Brown. ''He is a game-changer at a 6-10 point guard position. Some of his passes tonight, some of his finishes tonight, some of his loose balls and 50-50 balls - he's different.

''The thing I like the most and get excited the most is, he's barely scratched the surface. He has so much more to give and to improve on and knowledge to take in.''

Embiid fouled out Jordan and his backup, Willie Reed. The 76ers' big man went to the line 16 times.

''That reflects a mentality way more than a statistic,'' Brown said. ''And his mentality tonight was dominant.

''I think there's more to give, even more dominance.''

The Sixers outrebounded Los Angeles 51-34, helping them to overcome 20 turnovers.

BAD FUNK

After a 4-0 start, the Clippers have lost eight of nine. Asked when the losing streak starts to become a concern, Griffin said: ''With the first one.''

Said coach Doc Rivers: ''Every loss concerns me, but I like this team. We just have to get right.''

REDICK RETURNS

It was the first game back at Staples Center for Redick, where he played the past four seasons for the Clippers. They gave him a video tribute during a timeout in the first quarter.

''I really didn't see it,'' he said. ''We were talking in the huddle. I just tried to stay in the moment. . I'll take a look at it later. It was obviously very touching.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Injuries to Markelle Fultz, Jerryd Bayless and Nik Stauskas have made it difficult for Philadelphia to sustain an early rhythm, and players are going to have to get into shape during the season. Said Brown: ''This is not a normal pathway to bring somebody back, but that's the best we can do.'' ... Philadelphia also was without Jahlil Okafor (respiratory infection).

Clippers: Have also struggled with an abnormal amount of early injuries. Los Angeles continues to play without its starting backcourt (Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic) as well as starting forward Danilo Gallinari. Teodosic began the season as the replacement for departed point guard Chris Paul but injured his plantar fascia in the second game and has no specific return date.

UP NEXT

76ers: Return home Saturday to play the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Clippers: Start a five-game road trip Friday in Cleveland.

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Key Players
B. Simmons
25 G
B. Griffin
32 F
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
22.6 Pts. Per Game 22.6
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
7.9 Reb. Per Game 7.9
49.7 Field Goal % 43.4
48.3 Three Point % 43.6
60.6 Free Throw % 77.3
  Team rebound 0:00
  Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Robert Covington made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Robert Covington made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Wesley Johnson 0:02
  Defensive rebound by Robert Covington 0:02
  Lou Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Lou Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Joel Embiid 0:03
+ 1 Robert Covington made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Robert Covington made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
Team Stats
Points 109 105
Field Goals 38-77 (49.4%) 36-82 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 7-32 (21.9%) 12-32 (37.5%)
Free Throws 26-35 (74.3%) 21-32 (65.6%)
Total Rebounds 63 42
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 41 25
Team 12 8
Assists 27 16
Steals 9 9
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 20 15
Fouls 26 27
Technicals 2 0
away team logo
J. Embiid C 21
32 PTS, 16 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
L. Williams G 23
31 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo 76ers 7-6 36192232109
home team logo Clippers 5-828252626105
Team Stats
away team logo76ers 7-6 108.5 PPG 48.1 RPG 26.4 APG
home team logoClippers 5-8 107.2 PPG 45 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 23.0 PPG 11.2 RPG 3.5 APG 51.6 FG%
L. Williams G 17.5 PPG 2.8 RPG 3.4 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 32 PTS 16 REB 2 AST
L. Williams G 31 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
49.4 FG% 43.9
21.9 3PT FG% 37.5
74.3 FT% 65.6
76ers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 35 32 16 2 0 1 4 4 11/20 1/5 9/16 2 14 49 +23
R. Covington 35 31 6 4 4 0 2 3 9/12 5/8 8/8 1 5 47 +10
B. Simmons 37 22 12 4 1 1 5 5 9/14 0/1 4/6 4 8 39 +7
J. Redick 35 10 2 6 0 0 3 4 3/10 1/7 3/3 0 2 21 +3
D. Saric 33 2 3 2 2 0 3 2 1/8 0/5 0/0 2 1 8 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 35 32 16 2 0 1 4 4 11/20 1/5 9/16 2 14 49 +23
R. Covington 35 31 6 4 4 0 2 3 9/12 5/8 8/8 1 5 47 +10
B. Simmons 37 22 12 4 1 1 5 5 9/14 0/1 4/6 4 8 39 +7
J. Redick 35 10 2 6 0 0 3 4 3/10 1/7 3/3 0 2 21 +3
D. Saric 33 2 3 2 2 0 3 2 1/8 0/5 0/0 2 1 8 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. McConnell 18 4 6 6 1 0 2 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 6 21 0
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 18 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/6 0/4 2/2 0 2 6 -3
A. Johnson 12 4 3 2 1 0 1 4 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 11 -19
J. Anderson 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 +1
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 109 51 27 9 2 20 26 38/77 7/32 26/35 10 41 205 +20
Clippers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 29 6 5 0 1 5 4 10/25 3/8 6/8 3 3 41 +1
A. Rivers 36 11 3 2 2 0 1 1 3/13 2/6 3/4 0 3 19 -2
W. Johnson 20 7 3 1 2 0 0 4 3/4 1/2 0/2 2 1 14 0
S. Thornwell 30 7 2 0 0 1 2 2 3/7 1/3 0/1 0 2 8 -13
D. Jordan 30 2 5 0 0 1 3 6 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 36 29 6 5 0 1 5 4 10/25 3/8 6/8 3 3 41 +1
A. Rivers 36 11 3 2 2 0 1 1 3/13 2/6 3/4 0 3 19 -2
W. Johnson 20 7 3 1 2 0 0 4 3/4 1/2 0/2 2 1 14 0
S. Thornwell 30 7 2 0 0 1 2 2 3/7 1/3 0/1 0 2 8 -13
D. Jordan 30 2 5 0 0 1 3 6 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 37 31 7 6 5 0 2 2 9/19 5/10 8/10 1 6 53 +2
W. Reed 17 9 3 0 0 1 2 6 4/5 0/0 1/2 1 2 11 -1
J. Evans 18 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 2/6 0/3 3/5 0 1 12 -1
S. Dekker 11 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 6 -5
C. Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +2
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Harrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 105 34 16 9 4 15 27 36/82 12/32 21/32 9 25 169 -20