Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, January 14th
Game 3: Friday, April 14th
Game 4: Sunday, April 16th

SuperSonics 72

(15-22, 6-12 away)

Clippers 98

(19-14, 12-5 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2006

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 19 21 18 1472
    LAC 23 27 26 2298

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Los Angeles: C. Kaman 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Clips clobber Sonics behind Kaman's career-high 25

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers have won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month with their two best defensive efforts of the season -- and without Elton Brand.

    They would still prefer their leading scorer to hurry back.

    Chris Kaman tied a career high with 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, Sam Cassell scored 24 points, and the Clippers breezed to a 98-72 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.

    "Elton was out, so I knew I had to play more minutes and play a little bit more offensively," Kaman said. "But I'd much rather have Elton in there. I'd appreciate it if he would come back sooner or later."

    Brand's bruised right hip, which also kept him out of Tuesday's 90-73 win against Orlando, forced the Clippers to use their seventh different starting lineup. Kaman helped pick up the slack, shooting 10-for-12 from the field and outscoring Seattle's Rashard Lewis 21-19 in the first half to help Los Angeles take a 50-40 lead.

    "I just want to try and give the team a lift every once in a while," the third-year center said. "The guys were doing a good job of giving me the ball in good scoring positions."

    Rookie James Singleton began the game in Brand's power forward spot, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes.

    The Clippers held Seattle to 34 percent shooting, including 2-for-15 from 3-point range. The Sonics, who connected on their first 11 field goal attempts in Friday's loss to Miami, missed 23 of their first 29 shots against a Clippers squad that came in with the league's fourth-best field goal percentage defense.

    Lewis, who had a 50-point game against the Clippers two seasons ago, was the only Seattle starter who had more than one field goal in the first half.

    "From a defensive standpoint, we wanted to set the tempo of the game," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I thought we did a pretty good job trying to establish out low post game."

    Lewis finished with 22 points, while teammate Ray Allen served the second game of his three-game suspension for fighting with Orlando's Keyon Dooling.

    Two other Sonics also didn't make the trip to Los Angeles -- Danny Fortson because of a sore left knee; and Vitaly Potapenko, who strained his lower back during Friday night's loss against Miami.

    "We had to rely too much on Rashard," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "We didn't play well. Our spacing in the offense wasn't good, and we were a step behind them defensively the whole game."

    Cassell capped a 12-2 run with a 12-footer, extending the Clippers' lead to 70-52 with just under 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Seattle got no closer than 16 points.

    Facing Seattle for the first time since a 101-93 victory on opening night, Los Angeles built a 39-22 lead with a 16-0 run that included eight points by Cuttino Mobley. Kaman triggered the rally with a three-point play and capped it on a dunk with 6:24 left in the second quarter.

    Game notes

    The Clippers won't know for another three weeks whether Corey Maggette will be done for the season because of a separated ligament in his left foot, or whether he will be back on the court in another 6-8 weeks. ... Reggie Evans rejoined his Seattle teammates after missing two games to attend a funeral in Chicago on Wednesday, but didn't dress because of an upper respiratory problem. ... Seattle was outscored in the paint for the sixth straight time, 46-40. ... The Clippers entered the game leading the league in rebounding (44.1), free throw percentage (79.9) and blocks (6.28). ... The Sonics, who came in third in the league with a 101.5-point average, are 1-17 when scoring fewer than 100. ... Seattle is 2-5 since Hill replaced Bob Weiss as head coach.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 98
    FGM-FGA 27-79 (.342) 41-80 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 2-15 (.133) 1-2 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-36 17-53
    Assists 11 26
    Turnovers 13 18
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 4 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 28

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 2
    Chris Kaman Kaman
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1