Monday , Dec , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers have stunned league with their start to the campaign

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers have been a pleasant surprise
early on in the 2005-06 season. They have won 11 of their first 16 games and
look like a team that will be in the thick of the playoff race when April
rolls around.

The Clippers, who play the second contest of a five-game homestand on Monday
against the Miami Heat, are 6-1 as the host this season. This is the
franchise’s best start since winning nine of their first 10 home games during
the 1974-75 campaign, when they were known as the Buffalo Braves.

On Saturday, Elton Brand poured in 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the
Clippers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-90, at the Staples Center.
These teams played for the second time in three days, as Cleveland had posted
a 112-105 overtime win at Quicken Loans Arena.

Corey Maggette had 24 points and Chris Kaman contributed 12 points and a
career-high 19 rebounds in the win over Cleveland for the Clippers, who have
won two of their last three games overall. Cuttino Mobley added 11 points in
the victory.

The Clippers will also host New York, Phoenix and Detroit on the current
homestand.

Brand is off to a great start to the season as he leads the Clippers in
scoring (24.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg). The Duke product has registered
10 double-doubles and has scored 20 or more points in 13 contests so far in
the campaign.

LAC