Cassell leads Clippers to an overtime win in Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Sam Cassell poured in 27 points and dished out
13 assists to lead the LA Clippers to a 115-113 overtime win over Toronto at
Air Canada Centre.
The Clippers (28-17) moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since the
franchise moved to California.
“There are no ugly wins,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “It was a hell of
a game to come back in. The Raptors played incredibly hard and they have been
playing very well.”
Elton Brand added a game-high 30 points for the Clippers, who won their third
straight. Cuttino Mobley chipped in with 20 points while Chris Kaman had 16
points and 15 boards in the win.
“That’s a fun game with a win,” said Brand. “If we would have lost it, it
wouldn’t have been that fun. It was a great game back and forth. They have
some guys that can really score.”
Chris Bosh led the Raptors, who lost for the first time in four games, with 29
points and 16 boards. Morris Peterson added 25 points while Mike James had 20
points, five rebounds and seven assists in the loss.
Peterson’s triple staked the Raptors to a 110-107 edge with 2:25 remaining in
the extra frame but the Clippers just didn’t go away.
Quinton Ross fueled a 7-0 run that was the difference in the game. The forward
tied things on a three-point play with the clock showing 1:54.
Kaman then gave the Clips the lead with a turnaround hook and Cassell finished
the spurt with two from the line to make it 114-110 with 15.1 seconds left.
Bosh tightened things with his own three-point play with 13.6 remaining. The
talented big man drew contact from James Singleton on a lay-in. The ill-
advised foul enabled Bosh to bring the Raptors to within one, 114-113.
Toronto immediately fouled and Brand made 1-of-2 from the line to extend the
edge to 115-113 with 10.5 ticks left.
Bosh’s jumper at the buzzer came up empty and the Clippers escaped with the
“We got a good look and there’s nothing more you can ask for,” Raptors coach
Sam Mitchell said of Bosh’s shot. “We played hard, played well enough to win,
we rebounded, we battled to the best that we could.”
Entering the final frame deadlocked at 77, the clubs continued to play a nip
and tuck game.
Down two with under four minutes to go, the Clippers seized the lead on back-
to-back buckets. First, Singleton got loose inside for a follow-up slam.
Cassell then buried a jumper to give the Los Angeles a 94-92 advantage with
just 3:17 left.
After Bosh made just 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with under two minutes
remaining, Brand nailed a jumper with 1:36 showing to give the Clippers a
Peterson responded with a huge three-pointer with 1:19 remaining to deadlock
things yet again at 96.
After Brand turned the ball over, the Clippers fouled the sharp-shooting James
who stuck two free throws to make it 98-96 with 51 ticks on the clock.
Brand answered this time, burying a jumper with 39 seconds left to lock things
Just 18 seconds later, Kaman got a piece of Bosh and the talented forward
calmly sunk two from the line to give the lead back to Toronto, 100-98.
Cassell tried to tie things with nine ticks left but his jumper went awry and
the Clippers immediately fouled Charlie Villanueva who had grabbed the rebound
with seven seconds left in the game.
The rookie made just 1-of-2, keeping it a one possession game at 101-98.
The veteran Cassell was not denied a second time and drained a three with 5.5
ticks left to send the game to overtime.
The Clippers took a 26-22 lead after the first 12 minutes. Toronto used a 35-
point second quarter to battle back and take a 57-50 edge into intermission.
Los Angles came back to tie the score at 77 after three quarters.
Singleton had 12 points and 11 boards off the bench for Los
Angeles…Villanueva had 14 points for Toronto…Toronto is 9-15 as the host
this season…The Clippers are 12-10 on the road…The Clippers have won five
of the last seven meetings in this series.