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Williams' 18 points helps 76ers blow out Clippers

Feb 10, 2008 - 5:48 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Reserve Louis Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers used a big second-quarter burst to put this one away early.

Williams scored 18 points to lead the 76ers to a 101-80 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Andre Miller scored 17 points, Samuel Dalembert added 16 and Andre Iguodala netted 15 for Philadelphia, which had five players score in double figures while also snapping a three-game losing streak against Los Angeles.

The Sixers also improved to 3-0 on their current five-game homestand with the aide of 29 fast-break points.

"We want to get to the basket any time we can," Miller said. "We've got guys that can shoot the ball in rhythm but, in order for us to be a good team, we've got to get into the open court."

Another key to Philadelphia's win was the defensive play of Dalembert against Clippers center Chris Kaman. Kaman, who entered the game with 30 double-doubles this season, pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds but only had four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

"I just played him solid," said Dalembert, who also blocked four shots. "I knew he was going to be a challenge. He has been playing very well this year. I just had to go and challenge his offensive moves, so I did a very good job today."

"I thought Sam's defense on Kaman was excellent," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "It was a major factor."

Williams, in his third season out of high school, had 11 first-half points - all of which came in the second quarter to help Philadelphia take command of the contest.

The 6-2 guard had six points during an 18-7 burst, which was capped by Iguodala's layup with 1:54 left in the half, giving the Sixers a 52-35 advantage.

"I thought (Williams') penetration and stepping out and making a couple of threes opened up the game a little bit," Cheeks said. "His ability to make a shot and get inside the paint was a factor."

Williams, who was 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in the period, hit a jumper in the final seconds to give Philadelphia its biggest advantage, 59-40, at the break.

"(I was) just making open shots, getting to the free-throw line," Williams said. "Taking opportunities that were created on the screens-and-rolls and all those things. Nothing complicated. Just shooting wide-open jump shots."

The Clippers, who went cold offensively in the second quarter - hitting just 5-of-17 shots (29.4 percent) - finished at 40.5 (30-of-74) percent for the game.

"I was disappointed in the way we played tonight," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I thought (the Sixers) were tougher than we were."

"For the most part, this was one of very few times in which we have been beaten by a lot of points. What happened in the second quarter was pretty unusual."

Philadelphia, which shot 53 percent (40-of-76) from the field was never seriously threatened in the second half, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout.

"We wanted to try to get the lead as high as we could," Williams said. "That was important for us coming down the stretch."

Corey Maggette scored 26 points, Cuttino Mobley scored 19 and rookie Al Thornton chipped in with 18 and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.

"We didn't stop what we were supposed to stop," Mobley said. "We didn't stop things like fast-break points, easy buckets and layups. I just think personally, it was a bad game for us."

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