NBA Game Summary - Seattle at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Seattle 95, LA Clippers 85
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rashard Lewis scored a season-high 35 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Seattle over the Clippers, 95-85, at the Staples Center.
Lewis converted 14-of-22 field goals while Ray Allen added 23 points on 7- of-20 shooting.
"We made adjustments during our timeouts," Seattle coach Bob Hill stated. "Rashard scored so easy. They double teamed him, but he took his time and played a great game."
Luke Ridnour contributed 12 points and dished out nine assists and Nick Collison grabbed 13 rebounds off the bench for the SuperSonics, who have won two straight after dropping three in a row.
Seattle, which never trailed during the contest, shot 44 percent from the floor.
"Defensively, we had their number," Allen said. "They played right into our hands. We got them on the back end of a back-to-back. We had fresher legs and had to take advantage of that."
Tim Thomas led the Clippers with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting off the bench and Sam Cassell posted 13 points. Chris Kaman scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and Quinton Ross added 11 points.
"We made some runs but couldn't come back all the way," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They did a pretty good job defensively. We're lacking confidence shooting the ball."
Los Angeles, which has lost two straight, was 41 percent (32-of-78) from the field.
Seattle opened the contest with a 17-8 run capped by an Allen jumper. Then, following a layup by Kaman to cut the Clippers' deficit to seven, Lewis drained a three and Chris Wilcox's reverse layup put the SuperSonics up 22-10 at the 4:46 mark.
Down 27-18 after one, Los Angeles made it a five-point contest early in the second with a pair of free throws and a jumper by Cuttino Mobley. Seattle, though, regained a 10-point edge on Damien Wilkins' driving dunk minutes later. The Clippers continued to fight and ended the frame with six straight points, including three free hits, but trailed 49-43 at halftime.
The SuperSonics maintained their lead in the third as Lewis hit a jumper to make it a 67-57 affair with just over four minutes left. Thomas then drained two consecutive jump shots for Los Angeles before Earl Watson's driving lay-in kept Seattle's cushion at seven.
In the final quarter, the Clippers were able to cut within three, 75-72 at the 8:15 mark on Elton Brand's turnaround jumper, but Lewis and Seattle were able to keep Los Angeles at bay en route to the 10-point victory.
Brand finished with 16 boards, seven points and six helpers...Seattle is 4-4 on the road this season...The loss was Los Angeles' first at home...The SuperSonics have won 18 of the last 22 meetings as the visitor against the Clippers...Seattle hosts Sacramento on Friday and Los Angeles visits Minnesota on Saturday.
11/23 02:41:06 ET