NBA Game Summary - Seattle at LA Clippers
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 115, Seattle 101
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette scored 27 points, as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Seattle SuperSonics, 115-101, at the Staples Center.
Tim Thomas scored 20 points for Los Angeles, which won the finale of its season-opening two-game homestand to remain undefeated. Cuttino Mobley scored 17 points, and Chris Kaman added 10 points and 15 rebounds.
"We showed examples of our versatility and depth," LA coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Defensively, we were good forcing 22 turnovers. The guys are playing hard and giving a solid effort."
Kevin Durant posted 24 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which has dropped its first three games of the season. Damien Wilkins scored 22 points, and Chris Wilcox added 17 points and nine boards in defeat.
On the injury front for Seattle, veteran forward Kurt Thomas (sore hamstring) remained sidelined, and center Robert Swift (sore knee) notched two points and two boards in 15 minutes of action. Both players missed Seattle's first two games.
Holding just a two-point edge after three quarters, the Clippers opened the final stanza on a 16-6 burst capped by a Mobley putback dunk approaching the midway point for a 94-82 lead.
Wilcox's layup with 4:45 left cut Seattle's deficit to single digits, 96-87, but Thomas drained three threes in the span of a minute to put the game out of Seattle's reach.
"I'm just trying to be aggressive," Durant said. "I've never lost three games in a row before. We played well, but for three or four minutes in the fourth quarter we let it get away."
Both clubs stayed neck-and-neck through the first quarter and LA broke a 21-21 tie by scoring four straight down the stretch to lead by as many points heading into the second.
The Clippers forged ahead midway through the second on an 8-0 run finished by Mobley's layup for a 41-36 lead, but Seattle closed the stanza on a 12-4 burst as Wilkins' runner at the last second tied the score, 52-52, heading into the locker room.
LA staked a seven-point lead approaching the final minute of the third before the Sonics scored the final five points of the stanza to trail 78-76 heading into the fourth.
Durant shot 10-for-19 from the field, and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc...Stuck at 0-3 for the first time since 1985-86, the SuperSonics will visit the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at ARCO Arena. The Clippers will now embark on a three-game road trip, scheduled to visit Chicago, Indiana and Detroit on the upcoming swing...Last season, the Clippers and SuperSonics split four meetings.
11/04 19:33:02 ET