Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – November 9
=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – November 9 ===
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers found themselves on the wrong end
of a 99-96 double-overtime decision against the defending champion Detroit
Pistons at the Staples Center.
Corey Maggette netted 25 points and established a career-best with 19 boards,
but his desperation three at the buzzer in the second overtime went awry.
Chris Wilcox added 24 points, including seven down the stretch in regulation
to keep the Clippers close. Elton Brand, playing through an injured finger,
chipped in 21 with four blocked shots.
Detroit’s Chauncey Billups opened the second extra frame with a three, but the
Clippers netted the next seven points for a 96-92 lead midway through.
The Pistons then put the clamps down with their trademark defense and
eventually tied the game from the foul line, as Billups hit a pair with 34
seconds to go to give his team a 97-96 edge.
Los Angeles struggled to find a shot the next time up the court and Marko
Jaric was forced into a bad attempt with 11 seconds to play. Billups was then
fouled immediately and hit both shots from the charity stripe, but the best
the Clippers could do with limited time was a hurried three by Maggette that
went off the back of the rim.
Detroit scored the last seven points of the night.
The Clippers turned the ball over 27 times, resulting in 30 Detroit points.
LA returns to action on Wednesday when they kick off a three-game road trip
against the Indiana Pacers.