Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – December 12

=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – December 12 ===

(Sports Network) – In the battle of Los Angeles on Saturday, the Clippers
came out on the losing end, as they dropped an 89-87 decision to the Lakers at
the Staples Center.

Corey Maggette’s 27 points paced the Clippers, while Mikki Moore added 18
points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

The Lakers led 75-70 early in the fourth quarter. But the Clippers reeled off
nine straight points, capped by a Bobby Simmons jumper with 8:50 left, to go
up 79-75.

The Lakers answered with a 9-1 burst, led by seven from Bryant, to go back in
front 84-80 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the contest. The Clippers crept within
one on a Simmons three-pointer, but could not pull even with the Lakers.

The Clippers missed their final three shots, including the game’s last, a
Maggette runner that went in-and-out as time expired. His attempt would have
sent the game into overtime.

Elton Brand missed the game while serving a one-game suspension for pushing
Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor during a game on Monday.

LA will return to action on Monday versus the Boston Celtics.