Kaman carries Clippers past Sonics
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Kaman tied a career-high with 25
points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-72
victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at the Staples Center.
Sam Cassell added 24 points and Cuttino Mobley tallied 14 points and eight
boards for the Clippers, who have posted back-to-back victories for the first
time since winning four in a row to start December.
The Clippers played without forward Elton Brand for a second straight game.
He’s out with a sore right hip.
“Sam and Cat (Cuttino) did a great job at getting me the ball for easy shots,”
Kaman said. “I just wanted to give the team a lift with Elton out. I would
appreciate it though if Elton would come back sooner than later.”
Rashard Lewis scored 22 points and Damien Wilkins had 13 points and 10 boards
for the Sonics, losers in five of their last six games. Ronald Murray added 14
points for Seattle, which continued to play without the services of guard Ray
Allen served the second game of his league-imposed three-game suspension for
his part in a fight with Orlando’s Keyon Dooling on Wednesday.
The Clippers led 23-19 after one quarter and scored 16 in a row during the
second to widen the margin to 39-22. Kaman started the push with a three-point
play and capped it with a slam with 6:24 left in the half.
LA was on top 50-40 at the break and continually put distance between the
Sonics. Three straight baskets by Cassell made it 70-52 and the Clippers led
by as many as 28 points, on the way to beating the Sonics for a third straight
Quinton Ross added 10 points and James Singleton pulled down 10 rebounds for
the Clippers, who shot 51.3 percent from the field.
The Clippers had 18 turnovers…The Sonics were 2-of-15 from three-point
range…Lewis also had four steals…Kaman made 10-of-12 shots..