Brand, Kaman Dominate SuperSonics
L.A. Clippers 101, Seattle 97
SEATTLE, April 14 (Ticker) -- All-Star Elton Brand and Chris Kaman gave the Seattle SuperSonics all they could handle in the paint.
Brand recorded his latest double-double with 30 points and 15 rebounds and Kaman added 20 and 12 as the Los Angeles Clippers posted a 101-97 triumph over the SuperSonics.
"Every night, one of us will have a matchup that we pretty much can have an advantage down there," Brand said. "When we play the right way, everybody gets open shots."
"I think our big guys couldn't handle Kaman and Brand," Seattle coach Bob Hill said.
The Clippers opened a 99-95 advantage with 58 seconds remaining on Sam Cassell's deep pull-up jumper. However, Seattle responded as Ray Allen hit a jumper 20 seconds later.
Following a missed jumper by Cuttino Mobley, Allen misfired on a 3-pointer in the waning seconds. Kaman put the game out of reach with two free throws.
"Defensively, I thought we did a great job in the second half," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We had a good in-and-out game and it was a great win for us."
Mobley scored 18 points and Cassell contributed 14 for the Clippers, who shot 47 percent (36-of-76) and scored 40 points in the paint.
Los Angeles tied a franchise record with its 19th road win, last accomplished in the 1974-75 season - when the franchise was known as the Buffalo Braves.
Allen scored 33 points and Rashard Lewis and Earl Watson added 20 apiece for Seattle, which shot 43 percent (35-of-81) in losing for the third straight time against the Clippers.
The SuperSonics shot 60 percent (24-of-40) in the first half as they built 18-point advantage, but only managed 27 percent over the final two quarters.
"I think the first half was a little bit of fools' gold for us. Ray was unconscious," Seattle forward Nick Collison said. "Against a good team, it isn't always going to be like that. Second half, they played much better and we struggled."