Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/19

Game 1: Wednesday, October 19th
Game 2: Thursday, October 27th

Clippers 93

(3-2, 2-1 away)

SuperSonics 99

(1-3, 1-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 19, 2005

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 28 25 19 2193
    SEA 20 29 23 2799

    Lewis' 28 helps lead Seattle past Clippers

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle coach Bob Weiss wanted to give his starters some extended minutes Wednesday night -- and that provided the SuperSonics with a preseason refresher in coming from behind.

    Rashard Lewis scored 28 points, and the SuperSonics rallied past the Los Angeles Clippers 99-93 for their first win of the preseason.

    Luke Ridnour added 14 points, including a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired that put Seattle ahead 95-90 with 38 seconds left. Seattle had trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half.

    "I liked to see them bounce back after a slow start," Weiss said. "They were running in mud and sometimes it's hard to turn that around."

    Lewis played 35 minutes and was 10-of-16 from the field, while Ray Allen scored 20 points and Damien Wilkins had 10 for Seattle (1-3). Lewis said he didn't know exactly how many minutes he was going to play, but was glad to get this opportunity during the preseason.

    "I thought it'd be another 15 or 20 minutes," Lewis said. "I had it rolling a little bit tonight. ... It's good to have a game like that. Guys are trying to get their rhythm and get into game shape and that's one of those games where you can get yourself back to regular season form."

    Chris Wilcox had 15 points, while rookie Daniel Ewing added 14 for the Clippers, who were trying to improve to 4-1 in the preseason for the first time since 1993. Both coaches held back many of their plays and sets since the two meet to open the regular season Nov. 2 in Seattle.

    "You are going to run generic stuff," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "You just hope you can execute it well and get the win."

    Both teams played their starters much of the third quarter, and then brought most back for the final 5½ minutes. Tied at 84, Seattle outscored the Clippers 15-9, with Ridnour and Allen combining for 10 of the 15. Mateen Cleaves also added five points in the fourth quarter.

    Weiss has focused on defense for much of the preseason, looking to improve on the 46 percent shooting Seattle allowed last season. He had to get the offense in order on Wednesday.

    Much of the first half was sloppy -- the teams combined for 29 fouls -- but Seattle found a rhythm late in the half, and trimmed the deficit to 53-49 at halftime.

    Sam Cassell, who had 18 points in 24 minutes for the Clippers on Tuesday, and Corey Maggette, who had 15 points in that game against Portland, were both given the night off. The Clippers were also without Shaun Livingston (back) and Zeljko Rebraca (knee). Rebraca missed his third game, while Livingston has yet to play.

    "All teams in exhibition are going to rest players," Dunleavy said. "Tonight was a good chance to for our young guys to play in a tight game."

    Weiss intended on sitting forward Reggie Evans, but he entered the game with 3:43 left in the third quarter. Weiss hoped keeping Evans out would give Danny Fortson a chance at extended time in his first action.

    But Fortson picked up his fourth foul with 6:37 left in the first half, and never returned. Weiss said that team trainer Mike Shimensky told him just before tipoff that Fortson should be limited to just 10 minutes on Wednesday.

    Fortson missed the first two games with a toe injury and didn't accompany the team to Laredo, Texas, for Monday's loss to Houston after becoming ill.

    Forward Mikki Moore (knee) and center Vitaly Potapenko (left hamstring) also did not play for Seattle.

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