PHILADELPHIA — Blake Griffin scored 26 points, Chris Paul added 25 points, and the depleted Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 94-83 Monday night.
DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and Jared Dudley scored 10 points for the Clippers, who won their second game in a row.
The Sixers made a late push and got within 83-76 with 5:24 remaining. But the Clippers made enough plays down the stretch to pull away. Paul knocked down a 3-pointer for an 88-77 lead with 3:10 left and it was enough of a cushion to seal the win.
TRADE: The deal sending Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors to the Sacramento Kings is complete.
The teams announced the seven-player trade Monday, less than 24 hours after they reached an agreement. The Raptors received point guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also acquired center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy.
Gay, Gray and Acy was not in uniform when the Kings played host to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Their first game will likely be against Utah on Wednesday night in Sacramento.
BUCKS: General manager John Hammond said Monday that center Zaza Pachulia will be sidelined with a right foot fracture suffered in last week’s 105-98 loss to Detroit. The 6-foot-11 center missed the next two games.
Pachulia will have to wear a walking boot before being re-examined in four weeks. The former Atlanta Hawk had been a solid contributor on a team beset by injuries, averaging 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games.
TIMBERWOLVES: Small forward Corey Brewer has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.
GRIZZLIES: Guard/forward Quincy Pondexter has a stress fracture in his right foot that will keep him out indefinitely.