Friday , May , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand and Corey Maggette combined for
22 points in the fourth quarter, as the hot-shooting Los Angeles Clippers
pounded Phoenix, 118-106, to force a Game 7 in their Western Conference
semifinal series. Brand poured in 30 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and
blocked five shots while Maggette added 25 points and eight boards, as the
Clippers evened the series after losing Game 5 in double-overtime on Tuesday.
Quinton Ross had a career-high 18 points, and Chris Kaman tallied 15 points
and 10 boards for LA, while Sam Cassell had 15 points and eight assists.
The Clippers shot a franchise playoff-record 61.5 percent from the field and
outrebounded Phoenix, 48-28. Shawn Marion had another spectacular all-
around effort with 34 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Suns,
who will face a Game 7 for a second consecutive series with the decider
against the Clippers coming Monday night in Phoenix. Leandro Barbosa added
25 points and Steve Nash contributed 17 points and 11 assists for the
Suns, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Lakers in the first round.
The seventh game will again pit two teams at opposite ends of the playoff
spectrum. The Suns are trying to make it to the West finals for a second
straight year, while the Clipper franchise has never been to the conference
finals.