Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
Game 2: Friday, October 31st
Game 3: Saturday, January 24th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th

SuperSonics 118

(37-45, 16-25 away)

Clippers 87

(28-54, 18-23 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2004

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 29 36 21 32118
    LAC 15 26 25 2187

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast, 4 Stl

    LAC: B. Simmons 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Seattle 118, Los Angeles 87

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 118 87
    FGM-FGA 45-83 (.542) 30-71 (.423)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 19-19 (1.000) 24-33 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 10-37
    Assists 32 17
    Turnovers 13 21
    Steals 12 5
    Blocks 0 3
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 26
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Bobby Simmons Simmons
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1