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LA CLIPPERS 97, PORTLAND 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elton Brand scored 20 points and Corey
Maggette added 18 to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the
Portland Trail Blazers 97-89 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

Sam Cassell, Shaun Livingston and Cuttino Mobley added 15 points
apiece for the Clippers, with Livingston had 10 assists.

Cassell played his second game of the preseason after missing
the previous five because of a strained left calf. He played 23
minutes and added six assists and one steal.

Zach Randolph scored a preseason-high 33 points, including
15-of-16 free throws. He added seven rebounds and three steals.

Stephen Graham scored 15 points in his first game for Portland
since being claimed off waivers from Cleveland on Tuesday. Brandon
Roy added 14 points and eight assists.

The Trail Blazers, who trailed by as many as 16 points, tied the
game at 83 with 4:54 left in the game and were behind 91-89 with
1:27 left.

But Livingston led a 6-0 surge in the final 1:08 with four
points and a steal.