Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Clippers 101

(46-33, 19-20 away)

SuperSonics 97

(33-46, 21-19 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 30 25 27 19101
    SEA 33 33 15 1697

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 30 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Sea: R. Allen 33 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Clippers rally to beat Sonics, tie for 5th in West

    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers are making a habit of rallying from large deficits.

    For the second time in the last two weeks the Clippers put together a significant comeback -- this time 18 points -- to beat the Seattle SuperSonics 101-97 on Friday night.

    On April 4, the Clippers rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Denver 111-109 at home. That night, Sam Cassell led the charge. This time, it was the inside combo of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman.

    "That's what we do. Usually every night one of us will have a matchup where we can pretty much have an advantage down there," Brand said. "When we play the right way, everybody gets open shots."

    Brand dominated, scoring 30 points and adding 15 rebounds. He shot 10-for-20, made all 10 of his free throws and his short jumper in the paint with 2:06 left gave the Clippers a 97-93 lead.

    Kaman added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Clippers overcome a 54-36 second quarter deficit and pull even with idle Memphis for fifth in the Western Conference. Both teams are 46-33.

    If they finish tied, Memphis holds the tie-break. That could be a good thing for the Clippers, as they would avoid either Dallas or San Antonio in the first round and Los Angeles could hold home-court advantage against Denver. The Clippers need one win or a Denver loss to assure themselves of finishing with a better record.

    "We're one step closer to clinching with Denver, but more meaningful is it's another game where we came back from some big points down," Clippers' coach Mike Dunleavy said.

    Ray Allen continued his climb toward the NBA's 3-point record with 33 points, including five 3s, but Seattle's offense was stagnant in the second half. Allen struggled under the defensive pressure of Quinton Ross.

    Allen made all five of his 3-pointers in the second quarter, part of a 24-point first half, but was only 4-for-12 in the second half. Seattle was held to 31 points in the second half and had a three-game home win streak snapped.

    Allen now has 254 3-pointers on the season, 12 behind Dennis Scott's single-season record of 267 set in the 1995-96 season. George McCloud is second with 257. Seattle plays two of its final three on the road.

    "The first half was very exciting. I was happy for Ray," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "He's had a phenomenal years and a phenomenal first half."

    The Clippers took the lead for good at 94-93 on Ross' two free throws with 3:08 left. Kaman added a free throw before Brand's jumper.

    Mikki Moore tipped in an Allen miss with 1:09 left to get Seattle within 97-95. Cassell, who had missed his previous four shots and hadn't taken an attempt in the fourth quarter, made a 20-footer over Earl Watson with 55 seconds left for a 99-95 lead.

    Allen made a baseline jumper and Cuttino Mobley missed with 18 seconds left. Seattle ran a play for Allen, but his 3-pointer under pressure from Ross missed and Kaman got the rebound. He was fouled and made both free throws.

    Mobley scored 18 points and made his first seven shots. Cassell added 14.

    "They can put points on the board in a hurry, but at times they'll let you back into the game," Dunleavy said. "You've got to execute and get a tempo and we did."

    Watson and Rashard Lewis each scored 20 for Seattle. The Sonics played without forward Chris Wilcox, who sprained his right foot in Wednesday's loss to New Orleans.

    Seattle has lost three straight.

    "Their whole style of play dictated the second half," Watson said.

    Allen ignited a 19-4 run early in the second quarter that pushed Seattle's lead to 18. He made four 3-pointers during a three minute stretch and scored 14 of the 19 points. Seattle shot 60 percent in the first half and made 9-of-16 3-point attempts.

    Los Angeles scored the first eight points of the second half and then slowly chipped away the deficit as Seattle went 6 minutes without a field goal, missing 10 straight shots.

    Mobley's 3-pointer with 3:38 left pulled the Clippers even at 76-76 and Cassell made two free throws to give Los Angeles its first lead since 25-24.

    Game notes

    Seattle C Robert Swift sprained his right foot early in the fourth quarter going for a rebound. He limped off and did not return. ... Former Sonic Vladimir Radmanovic was greeted by a loud chorus of boos when he entered with 6:49 left in the first. Radmanovic was traded for Wilcox on Feb. 14.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 97
    FGM-FGA 36-76 (.474) 35-81 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 11-28 (.393)
    FTM-FTA 24-27 (.889) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-45 8-36
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 15 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 18

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 30
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 33
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0