Tuesday , Mar , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers moving towards the postseason

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers continue to surprise by winning
more games and inching closer to their first playoff berth since the 1996-97
campaign.

Los Angeles is 41-28 and is the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoff
race. The Clippers trail the division-leading Phoenix Suns by six games in the
Pacific.

The Clippers hope to continue their push towards the playoffs when they
welcome the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday to the Staples Center. It is the
third and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. The teams split the
first two contests, as each squad picked up a win on their homecourt.

San Antonio has still won 12 of its last 15 at the Clippers.

Los Angeles, which plays the first of a brief two-game homestand, has won two
straight games. On Sunday, All-Star Elton Brand scored 30 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds as the Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 97-83,
at the Rose Garden.

Corey Maggette ended with 19 points in the win over Portland for the Clippers,
who ended a two-game losing streak on the road. Veteran Sam Cassell scored 12
points, while center Chris Kaman pulled down 10 boards.

The Clippers are 24-10 as the host this season. They will play the Utah Jazz
on Friday at the Staples Center.

LA will play seven of its final 13 games at home. Besides the Spurs and Jazz,
the Clippers will also host Denver, Sacramento, Dallas, Portland and Seattle.

The Clippers final six road games are against the Kings, Suns, Lakers, Sonics,
Grizzlies and Mavericks.

LAC