SEATTLE, Jan. 11 (Ticker) -- Ray Allen
finished off the Los Angeles
Clippers with his shooting and his passing.
Allen collected 31 points and seven assists and the Seattle
SuperSonics reserves combined for 49 en route to a 104-99
victory over the Clippers in the opener of a home-and-home
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Despite a 114-84 loss to the Clippers on opening night, the
SuperSonics have dominated them over the last decade, winning 47
of the last 54 meetings. The teams will meet at the STAPLES
Center on Wednesday.
"Coming out tonight, based on their record, we couldn't think
they could not beat us," Allen said. "They are capable of
beating us tomorrow, so we had to be strong and force them to
With Seattle leading 97-94 with 77 seconds left, Allen drove the
lane and found Rashard Lewis
for a 3-pointer from the left
corner. Lewis had been sidelined by a right thigh bruise
earlier in the game.
"The more you can do that -- penetrate and then pass it out -- the
more you put the defense in disarray," Allen said.
One minute later, Allen attacked the basket again but took
matters into his own hands with a layup that made the score
"I think they expected me to shoot, but I wanted to be a little
more aggressive," Allen added. "I wanted to make sure I got to
the hole and I made a good play there."
"Ray made a couple of big plays," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy
said. "He makes big plays when they need them. Our guys were
all over him and he showed great concentration to be able to
Lewis finished with nine points in 24 minutes, but admitted he
was playing hurt in the second half.
"It affected me a whole lot," Lewis said. "I couldn't run. I
couldn't jump. I couldn't do any of the things I wanted to do.
It's just something you have to play through."
Lewis admitted he wasn't sure if he would be able to go
Wednesday night in the return match.
spearheaded the SuperSonics' bench attack
with 18 points and seven rebounds and Danny Fortson was 9-of-9
from the line en route to 11 points.
"(Radmanovic's) a star," SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan
"I think he's one of the best sixth men in the league. We need
him to come out and give us something every night. His scoring
is definitely something we need."
"In our first meeting we beat them by 30 and they were
determined to win this game," Los Angeles forward Corey Maggette
said. "They have so many good players on that team. The
biggest thing is Radmanovic. He's very mobile and he's shooting
the ball extremely well right now."
Los Angeles got 23 points from its bench.
Maggette scored 20 points and Elton Brand
added 17 and 11
rebounds for the Clippers (16-17), who have lost two in a row.
"We have good low-post presence," said Maggette, who also had
seven assists. "We wanted to start off getting the ball to Brand
and myself to try to make some plays."
"I thought we did an awful lot of good things out there,"
Dunleavy said. "We made some mistakes on the offensive end on
turnovers that really cost us."