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Seattle 118, Los Angeles 87

4/15/2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics ended the season on a
positive note, rolling to their most one-sided victory in their
82nd and final game.

It wasn't very satisfying.

Ray Allen had 26 points and 11 assists, and Vladimir Radmanovic
added 25 points Wednesday night as the SuperSonics beat the Los
Angeles Clippers 118-87.

"We did what we wanted to do," Allen said. "Unfortunately,
we're going home."

Calvin Booth scored 12 points and Vitaly Potapenko and Luke
Ridnour added 10 each for the Sonics, who finished with a 37-45
record -- their worst since they went 31-51 in 1985-86.

Seattle failed to make the playoffs for the second straight
year.

"What we're experiencing now hasn't set in yet," Allen said.
"In about a week, when we're watching other teams play, it will
set in.

"Being a good team in this league means you win the
championship, you win the division title or you win the conference
title."

The Sonics didn't come close, but there's always next year.

"We've got to get consistent play," Allen said. "It's just an
effort from everybody every night."

Looking relaxed, Sonics coach Nate McMillan said he wished every
game could be like this one.

"I thought we came in to win the game: respect the game,
respect each other," he said. "I thought we did that."

Bobby Simmons scored a career-high 24 points and tied his career
best with 10 rebounds for the injury-depleted Clippers, who lost 14
of their last 15 games to finish with a 28-54 record, giving them
one more win than last season.

They missed the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

"I'm happy I played as well as I did," said Simmons, who shot
7-of-13 and made 10 of 15 free throws. "Unfortunately, tonight was
our last game. Our team can only get better. The more we play
together, the more we'll improve. Our team is young. We just need
to get more experience."

Eddie House and Chris Wilcox added 12 points each and Elton
Brand had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers.

"I think we are well-poised for the draft and free agency,"
first-year coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I'm excited about the
upcoming offseason.

"We went through a bunch of injuries and played only 36 games
with our starting lineup. Plus the way we ended the season with so
many injuries was really tough."

The Sonics led all the way, outscoring the Clippers 9-2 to begin
the game and extending their lead to 12 points after eight minutes
on a three-point play by Reggie Evans and a 3-pointer by Allen. It
was 29-15 entering the second quarter.

The Sonics outscored the Clippers 24-6 to finish the first
period and start the second for a 47-21 lead, prompting boos from
the home crowd. Radmanovic shot 6-of-8 for 14 points during the
spurt.

Seattle led 65-41 at halftime, shooting 56.1 to the Clippers'
40.5 percent. Los Angeles didn't pose a serious threat after that.

A three-point play by Rashard Lewis early in the third quarter
gave the Sonics a 70-43 lead, and it was 86-66 entering the final
period.

Seattle went on an 18-7 run for a 104-75 lead with 7{ minutes
left.

Game notes
The game was played before a sellout crowd of 19,362 on Fan
Appreciation Night. ... Corey Maggette, the Clippers' leading
scorer with a 20.7-point average, missed his third straight game
because of a strained right hamstring. ... Rookie Chris Kaman
played in all 82 games this season. Because of injuries, no other
Los Angeles player appeared in more than 73 games. ... Ronald
Murray, who had eight points and seven assists in the
season-finale, was the only Seattle player to appear in all 82
games. ... The Sonics have won 46 of the last 52 games between the
teams including 12 of the last 13 in Los Angeles. ... The Clippers
were 22-25 after 47 games before losing 29 of their last 35. ...
The Sonics lost seven of their last 10 games.