Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/19

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

SuperSonics 92

(2-5, 1-4 away)

Clippers 94

(6-2, 2-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 27, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 23 10 28 3192
    LAC 26 20 21 2794

    With win, Clippers finish preseason with 6-2 record 

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elton Brand led a balanced offense with 14 points and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Seattle SuperSonics 94-92 in an exhibition game on Thursday night.

    The Clippers finished their preseason schedule 6-2, their best mark since the franchise left Buffalo after the 1977-78 season. They will open the regular season next Wednesday night on the road against the Sonics, who will conclude their exhibition schedule Friday night against Portland at Spokane, Wash.

    Rashard Lewis scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and Ray Allen finished with 19 to lead Seattle.

    The Clippers scored the last seven points of the first half to open up a 46-33 lead, their biggest of the game. Seattle sliced the margin to 54-51 with a 9-0 run capped by Lewis' dunk with 5:15 left in the third quarter, but that was as close as the Sonics got until the final minute as the Clippers maintained the lead the rest of the way.

    Rookie forward Boniface Ndong, competing for the Clippers' final roster spot with Rodney White, made an 18-footer and a three-point play 44 seconds apart to increase Los Angeles' lead to 83-71 with 4:54 left.

    The Sonics responded with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Allen, and rookie center Johan Petro's layup narrowed the gap to 89-86 with 1:23 to go. But Quinton Ross helped thwart Seattle's comeback attempt by hitting a 21-footer with 47 seconds left, and the Clippers clinched it at the foul line.

    Yuta Tabuse, the 5-foot-9 guard from Japan who signed with the Clippers as a free agent on Sept. 15, scored all eight of his points during a 3:47 span of the fourth quarter to give them a 78-70 lead with 6:47 to play.

    Corey Maggette, the Clippers' leading scorer last season, sat out again with a strained left hamstring that may keep him out of the season opener. Backup point guard Shaun Livingston's back injury will keep him sidelined at least six more weeks.

    The Sonics played without former Clippers guard Rick Brunson, who has inflammation in his left heel. Mikki Moore, another ex-Clipper who signed in August as a free agent, played eight scoreless minutes with a sore left knee that had kept him out of all but one other exhibition game.

    Seattle center Vitaly Potapenko has missed the entire preseason with strained left hamstring and is questionable for opening night. If he can't start, Petro, the team's No.1 draft pick, would likely take his place.

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