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Ross comes allive in second half for L.A.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- With Corey Maggette's playing time
limited by a sprained left ankle, the Los Angeles Clippers turned
to their bench for a spark.

Quinton Ross responded with a season-high 14 points, all in the
second half, and played a season-high 36 minutes in helping the
Clippers to their second win in as many days, 98-87 over the Golden
State Warriors on Friday night.

"With Corey going down and being short-handed, Quinton gave us
a great game," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. "Everybody who came
in gave us a nice lift."

Ross, Elton Brand and Rick Brunson accounted for 27 of the
Clippers' 30 points in the fourth quarter. Brand finished with 17
points and Bobby Simmons had 17 points and a career-high 12
rebounds as the Clippers won for the 12th time in 15 games in
Oakland.

"When someone goes down, we need guys to step up and those guys
came in and did a great job," Simmons said. "Quinton made a lot
of great shots and Brunson ran the floor for us."

Speedy Claxton scored a season-high 22 points to lead the
Warriors, who split their four-game homestand. Jason Richardson
added 17 points, followed by Mickael Pietrus with 16 and Troy
Murphy with 13.

"We've got to establish some presence in the paint," Warriors
coach Mike Montgomery said. "We're real anxious to take the first
shot we've got and we have to get over that. They got 13-of-16 from
two guys off the bench. They stepped up and made shots."

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Maggette, who scored 26 points in the Clippers' win over Golden
State earlier this month, left the game after falling awkwardly
while trying to block Pietrus' 3-pointer. He returned late in the
third quarter, but only lasted three minutes before coming out for
good.

"The second unit came in and provided energy," said Brunson,
who is playing with his seventh team in eight years. "I just felt
like we were both making shots. I wasn't looking for my shot; I was
just open. 'Q' did a great job of being aggressive. That's the
important thing."

Claxton's driving jumper gave the Warriors a 60-58 lead with
3:03 left in the third quarter, but the Clippers went on a 10-2 run
the rest of the way to take a 68-62 lead into the final quarter.

"We let two guys come in the fourth quarter and let them win
the game for them," Claxton said. "It's getting frustrating. We
played them earlier in the year and we let them hand it to us. It
was the same way tonight."

The Clippers led by as many as 12 late in the first quarter
after Mikki Moore sank a hook shot from six feet out with 1:22
left. The Warriors have been outscored eight times in 12 games in
the first quarter.

The Warriors, led by Claxton's 10-of-10 shooting from the foul
line, crept within one in the second quarter before settling for a
46-42 halftime deficit despite shooting just over 28 percent.

Game notes
Clippers G Kerry Kittles missed his second straight game
with a bruised right knee. He's appeared in one game after playing
in all 82 with the New Jersey Nets last season. ... Murphy returned
to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's triple-overtime
victory over the New Orleans Hornets with a bruised left knee. ...
Warriors C Dale Davis made his second straight start after coming
off the bench in the first 10 games. ... Dunleavy is now 4-2 when
coaching against his son. ... Warriors coach Mike Montgomery was
called for his first career technical with 3:42 remaining to play.