Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 1st
Game 2: Saturday, November 4th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 20th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 17th

Suns 108

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Clippers 114

(2-1, 2-0 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:30 PM ET, November 4, 2006

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 26 17 39 26108
    LAC 20 36 24 34114

    Top Performers

    PHX: S. Nash 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl

    LAC: C. Maggette 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Clippers get revenge against Suns; Phoenix falls to 1-3 

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When the Los Angeles Clippers are moving the ball, they're a very difficult team to shut down.

    Reserve Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night in a 114-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns, and his teammates pitched in with a variety of contributions.

    Sam Cassell also had 23 points, Cuttino Mobley had 18, and Elton Brand had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Thomas had eight points and 13 rebounds against his former Phoenix teammates, and Shaun Livingston came off the bench to score 14 points and dish off nine assists.

    "When we move the ball and get eight, nine, 10 or 11 touches, who can you stop?" Mobley said. "You have an Elton Brand, Tim Thomas, Cuttino Mobley, Corey Maggette, Shaun Livingston, Sam Cassell. You have all those guys."

    Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy was pleased.

    "I thought this was a really good character win for us," Dunleavy said. "We did a lot of good things."

    Steve Nash led the Suns with 28 points and 13 assists, and Shawn Marion had 25 points and 15 rebounds.

    The Clippers, who lost the season opener at Phoenix on Wednesday night, improved to 2-1 and the defending Pacific Division champion Suns fell to 1-3.

    "Everybody is frustrated, but we do have plenty of time to work on it," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "And we will do that."

    The Suns' Kurt Thomas, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, said Phoenix will improve as Amare Stoudemire comes along.

    "We're still trying to work the big fella back into our game," Thomas said. "It's going to take a little time, but once he gets back in, he will give us that inside presence that we are missing right now."

    Stoudemire, working his way back from knee surgeries, played just 11 minutes and scored two points.

    The Suns defeated the Clippers 112-107 in the season opener.

    "They beat us over there, and we couldn't lose this game tonight," Brand said of the rematch.

    Down by two heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers opened a 107-97 lead on Chris Kaman's free throw with 3:19 remaining and were in front by at least five the rest of the way.

    After the Suns fell behind 58-43 early in the third quarter, Nash led a comeback with 13 points in the period.

    Reserve Leandro Barbosa added 10 points for the Suns in the third, and Nash's driving layup with 2 seconds remaining in the period gave Phoenix an 82-80 lead.

    Barbosa finished with 13 points.

    Maggette scored 16 points in the second quarter to spark the Clippers to a 56-43 halftime lead.

    Game notes

    G-F Jalen Rose, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Suns on Friday, was in street clothes and sat behind the bench during the game. He is scheduled to undergo a physical Sunday in Phoenix and play at San Antonio on Wednesday. He received a $14.5 buyout from the New York Knicks. ... Tim Thomas averaged 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Suns when they eliminated the Clippers in their seven-game Western Conference semifinal last summer. He went 2-for-8 for nine points and had eight rebounds in the Clippers' season-opening loss at Phoenix on Wednesday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 114
    FGM-FGA 40-91 (.440) 41-87 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 11-27 (.407) 1-12 (.083)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 31-45 (.689)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-41 13-54
    Assists 26 21
    Turnovers 10 9
    Steals 3 2
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 10 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (0/0) 23 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 9 15

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 23
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0