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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     LA CLIPPERS      21   25   24   20    90   
     SEATTLE          14   21   27   26    88      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAC - LAMAR ODOM 21, COREY MAGGETTE 17, ANDRE 
                      MILLER 16
                SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 18, GARY PAYTON 17, 
                      VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 16

HIGH REBOUND:   LAC - ANDRE MILLER 10, LAMAR ODOM 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 8
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, JEROME JAMES 7, DESMOND 
                      MASON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAC - ANDRE MILLER 10, LAMAR ODOM 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, BRENT BARRY 3, KENNY 
                      ANDERSON 3

         ATT:   15,358

Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Brand 35 2-7 2-4 3-8 1 3 6 L Odom 35 6-10 8-8 2-9 3 6 21 M Olowokandi 43 4-11 5-6 0-8 1 5 13 C Maggette 36 3-8 11-18 1-6 1 5 17 A Miller 47 7-20 2-3 0-10 10 4 16 M Ely 5 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 T Fowlkes 17 3-4 0-0 2-2 0 2 6 K Dooling 22 4-9 0-0 0-2 0 2 9 S Rooks DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q Richardson DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE W Zhi-Zhi DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Wilcox DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 30-41 9-47 16 28 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.732. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (L Odom 1-3, C Maggette 0-3, A Miller 0-4, K Dooling 1-3). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:5 (M Olowokandi 3, L Odom 2). Turnovers:18 (A Miller 6, C Maggette 3, E Brand 3, M Olowokandi 2, M Ely 2, L Odom, K Dooling). Steals: 2 (E Brand, L Odom). SEATTLE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 41 4-15 10-12 2-4 0 5 18 V Radmanovic 28 4-7 4-4 0-3 2 5 16 V Potapenko 19 1-3 1-2 0-4 0 4 3 K Anderson 25 5-11 0-0 0-0 3 2 10 G Payton 38 7-19 3-4 1-7 10 4 17 J James 18 2-3 0-0 1-7 2 4 4 D Mason 32 5-12 2-2 0-5 1 1 12 B Barry 27 1-5 1-2 0-4 3 2 3 P Drobnjak 11 2-3 1-2 0-0 1 2 5 A Sesay 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Booth DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 22-28 4-34 22 29 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (R Lewis 0-1, V Radmanovic 4-6, G Payton 0-2, D Mason 0-2, B Barry 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (J James 2, D Mason). Turnovers:10 (G Payton 4, V Potapenko 2, B Barry, R Lewis, D Mason, V Radmanovic). Steals: 9 (G Payton 3, B Barry 2, K Anderson 2, V Potapenko, D Mason). ------------------------------------------- LA CLIPPERS 21 25 24 20 - 90 SEATTLE 14 21 27 26 - 88 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Clippers - 4 (M Ely, 0:02 2nd; K Dooling, 0:02 2nd; Defensive Three, 1:21 2nd; L Odom, 4:49 3rd). Seattle - 6 (Defensive Three, 3:11 1st; G Payton, 5:23 1st; B Barry, 0:02 2nd; D Mason, 0:02 2nd; Defensive Three, 4:28 3rd; COACH McMillan, 9:05 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,358. T: 2:41. Officials: Michael Smith, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (90) AT SEATTLE (88) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E BRAND F 35 2-7 2-4 3 5 8 1 3 1 3 6 L ODOM F 35 6-10 8-8 2 7 9 3 6 1 1 21 M OLOWOKANDI C 43 4-11 5-6 0 8 8 1 5 0 2 13 C MAGGETTE G 36 3-8 11-18 1 5 6 1 5 0 3 17 A MILLER G 47 7-20 2-3 0 10 10 10 4 0 6 16 M ELY 5 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 T FOWLKES 17 3-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 6 K DOOLING 22 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 9 S ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q RICHARDSON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE W ZHI-ZHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION C WILCOX DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-70 30-41 9 38 47 16 28 2 18 90 (.414) (.732) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18 (7 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R LEWIS F 41 4-15 10-12 2 2 4 0 5 0 1 18 V RADMANOVIC F 28 4-7 4-4 0 3 3 2 5 0 1 16 V POTAPENKO C 19 1-3 1-2 0 4 4 0 4 1 2 3 K ANDERSON G 25 5-11 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 10 G PAYTON G 38 7-19 3-4 1 6 7 10 4 3 4 17 J JAMES 18 2-3 0-0 1 6 7 2 4 0 0 4 D MASON 32 5-12 2-2 0 5 5 1 1 1 1 12 B BARRY 27 1-5 1-2 0 4 4 3 2 2 1 3 P DROBNJAK 11 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 A SESAY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-78 22-28 4 30 34 22 29 9 10 88 (.397) (.786) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10 (7 PTS) LA CLIPPERS 21 25 24 20 - 90 SEATTLE 14 21 27 26 - 88 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - M OLOWOKANDI 3, L ODOM 2. SEATTLE - J JAMES 2, D MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 2-13 (.154), L ODOM 1-3, C MAGGETTE 0- 3, A MILLER 0-4, K DOOLING 1-3. SEATTLE 4-14 (.286), R LEWIS 0-1, V RADMANOVIC 4- 6, G PAYTON 0-2, D MASON 0-2, B BARRY 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - M ELY, K DOOLING, DEFENSIVE THREE, L ODOM. SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE, G PAYTON, B BARRY, D MASON, DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH MCMILLAN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MICHAEL SMITH, MIKE CALLAHAN, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 15,358. T - 2:41.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- As befits two struggling teams, a botched play decided things in the Los Angeles Clippers' encounter with the Seattle SuperSonics. Lamar Odom scored 21 points and Andre Miller recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Clippers held on for a 90-88 victory over the SuperSonics. Keyon Dooling drained a 3-pointer that gave Los Angeles an 86-75 lead with 3:50 left. But Seattle used a 12-2 run to close to 88-87 on a pair of free throws by vladimir Radmanovic with 4.9 seconds remaining. Michael Olowokandi made two free throws to push the advantage to 90-87 with 4.3 seconds to go. The Clippers fouled before the SuperSonics could attempt a 3-pointer, and Predrag Drobnjak made 1-of-2 from the line. Miller's inbounds pass went over the 7-foot Olowokandi's head and Seattle's Desmond Mason tipped the ball into his frontcourt with 2.6 seconds left. Concerned that he would not beat the buzzer, he came down the right side and lofted an indecisive underhand shot that hit the rim with less than a second on the clock. The horn sounded before Ansu Sesay tipped in the miss. "I think Desmond didn't think he had enough time to get to the basket," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "I think he was in such a rush to get the ball to the basket that he didn't see Peja (Drobnjak) ahead of him. He just tried to get the shot off. He probably had time to make the pass or take another dribble to the basket but I think he just lost track of time." Guard Brent Barry, who returned after missing Seattle's last game with left knee tendinitis, sympathized with Mason. "Desmond made a great play to get the steal," he said. "So many things go through your head. The clock, in your mind, is sped up. It just seems like you're life is flashing before your eyes and you've got an alley to the basket, and you don't want to take your eye off the ball to look at the clock. It's a bang-bang play and Des did the best he could to get to the basket with what he thought would be a buzzer shot. "He knows and everybody knows, he probably could have come in and dunked it. He's going to learn from it, as every player in here has. The shot almost rattled in. That's almost the way our luck has been going. Things aren't going to fall our way until we start making our own break." Miller shrugged off his own mistake. "I threw it to (Olowokandi) because he was the biggest guy on the court," he said. "I kind of overthrew it but we still came out on top, so I'm not worried about it." "(Andre) decided to throw the ball up in the air and it went right over my head," said Olowokandi, who contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. "I thought Mason had a chance. I'm not going at him personally, but when I saw him drive I thought it was going to be a layup or a dunk. It sure looked to me like he had enough time. I haven't had a chance to look at the replay. But he decided to throw the ball and missed and that was the game. Sometimes in the NBA, it's that close." Corey Maggette added 17 points for the Clippers, who beat the Sonics for the first time since December 12, 2001, ending an eight-game slide in the series. They also have won two in a row overall for the first time since December 14-16. Rashard Lewis scored 18 points and Gary Payton added 17, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Seattle, which has lost four in a row and eight of 10. "They are down," McMillan said of his team's mood. "This is a tough time for us and we have lost some games at home. These last months have been a difficult time for the team. All we can do is keep working. We have to go look at tapes tomorrow and figure out what we need to do." Odom's jumper with 9:21 left in the first period gave Los Angeles the lead for good, 6-4, and ignited a 15-2 run that was capped by Maggette's basket with 2:42 remaining in the period. Mason hit a jumper that pulled the Sonics within 29-24 with 8:36 left in the second quarter, but the Clippers went on a 14-5 spurt to go ahead by 14 points with 3:02 to go. After Los Angeles maintained a comfortable lead in the third quarter, the Sonics rallied in the fourth. Lewis made a three-point play with 2:54 left to make it 86-78, Payton hit a driving layup and Radmanovic converted his two free throws with just under five seconds left. "We knew that they were going to make a run at us especially when they're playing at home," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "We kind of took their best hit and then we got the lead back up again and then we got a little careless. They made a run and then we got it back up to 15. We've got to be smarter down the stretch." Odom had his sixth 20-point game since returning from the injured list on December 28. He also grabbed nine rebounds, made three steals and blocked two shots. "I see him usually being one of the top five players in this league, period," Olowokandi said. "The things he can do - pass the ball, score, rebound, block shots ... He brings absolutely everything. I can't think of another player in the league who does as much as he does." Inspired by his matchup against Payton, Miller notched his fourth career triple-double. "He brings out the best in everybody," Miller said. "I don't try to get caught up in the talking; I just try to go out and get people involved. If I can do that, we'll be fine. He's a great player and I enjoy the challenge." The teams combined for a NBA season-high 57 personal fouls and seven technicals. 'It was a very tough loss for us tonight," Barry said. "There wasn't any rhythm in the game. It was hard for both teams to find a rhythm and the first one to find it was going to win the game. With an early lead, it's tough to catch up, especially if the game is that slow." The Clippers shot 30-of-41 from the line and 42 percent (29-of-70) from the field, while the Sonics converted 22-of-28 trips to the line and 40 percent (31-of-78) from the field. "We gotta make plays, we gotta make baskets and we can't put teams on the line 41 times," McMillan said. "We're sitting here in our own building and teams are shooting 30-plus free throws on us."


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