NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Seattle
(Wednesday, December 5th)
Final Score: Seattle 95, LA Clippers 88
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Nick Collison scored 18 and hauled in 17 rebounds in his first game back from a broken nose, as the Seattle SuperSonics beat the LA Clippers, 95-88, at KeyArena.
Collison had broken it against the LA Lakers on November 27, and missed three games. But playing with a facemask, he posted season-highs in points and rebounds off the bench.
Kevin Durant also scored 18, as Seattle has won two of three, and moved to 2-2 on its current five-game homestand. Damien Wilkins and Wally Szczerbiak each finished with 17 points.
Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 23 points, but the team could not avoid losing its seventh game in a row. Chris Kaman scored 19 and grabbed 14 boards, and Brevin Knight chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.
In a closely played but low-scoring first quarter, the Sonics only grabbed a lead with two seconds left. Collison hit a jumper to put Seattle ahead, 18-17, despite Kaman scoring 11 of his points in the quarter.
Collison then helped the Sonics take a larger lead toward the end of the second quarter, hitting a jumper with 2:21 left to put Seattle ahead 39-31. He then used a layup, with 52 seconds remaining in the half, to put the Sonics ahead 43-35 before the break.
Seattle's lead crept into double-digits in the third, as Earl Watson's jumper a little more than three minutes in gave Seattle a 53-42 edge. The Clippers were able to make some shots and tried to climb back into the game, but the Sonics always had a ready answer.
When Knight made a pair of free throws with 3:23 left in the third, he trimmed the Sonics' lead to 66-57. But Szczerbiak sank a jumper, and Collison made a pair of free throws after getting fouled to put the Sonics up 13, and helping them take a 73-61 lead into the final quarter.
Jeff Green got to the line for a pair shortly into the fourth, and made both to stretch Seattle's lead to 17. The Clippers got within eight with 54 seconds left in the game, when Quentin Ross pulled up for a mid-range jumper to trim the Sonics' lead to 93-85.
Seattle then turned the ball over on a shot clock violation, but the Clippers couldn't convert their ensuing possession, with about a half-minute left, into points.
The Sonics took Kaman out of the picture in the fourth quarter, as the Clippers' center scored just two points, on 2-for-4 free throw shooting.
The Clippers shot just 34.6 percent for the game, but made 30-of-34 free throws...The Sonics shot 46.1 percent from the field, and made 19-of-24 from the foul line...Seattle held a 49-39 rebounding advantage, but turned the ball over 21 times.
12/06 01:38:44 ET