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Clippers can’t sustain big lead in loss to 76ers

PHILADELPHIA — The Clippers started strong, but they could not hold off the one-two punch that is Joel Embiid and James Harden for a full 48 minutes.

Embiid scored 44 points, Harden had a career-high 21 assists in a triple-double and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to beat the Clippers, 119-114, on Friday night.

Harden also had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Philadelphia sweep a seven-game homestand and improve to 19-12. Harden tied Wilt Chamberlain and Maurice Cheeks for the franchise game assist record.

Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers took a timeout after Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 108-107 lead with four minutes left. The 76ers then had a 10-0 run.

Kawhi Leonard had 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting for the Clippers. Paul George added 22 points and Norman Powell had 21. The 76ers limited George to five points in the second half, led by a standout performance from USC product De’Anthony Melton.

TIP-INS

Clippers: John Wall sat out because of a sprained right ankle.

76ers: Harden’s previous career high for assists was 17, accomplished 10 times. Before the game, Rivers said Tyrese Maxey is getting close to returning from a fracture in his left foot that has kept him out since Nov. 18.

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Clippers at Pistons, Monday, 4 p.m. PT

More to come on this story.

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