Clippers Avenge Loss by Eclipsing Suns
Posted Nov 5 2006 2:47AM
By KEN PETERS
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (AP) -- When the Los Angeles Clippers are moving the ball, they're a very difficult team to shut down.
Reserve Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night in a 114-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns, and his teammates pitched in with a variety of contributions.
"When we move the ball and get eight, nine, 10 or 11 touches, who can you stop?'' Mobley said. "You have an Elton Brand, Tim Thomas, Cuttino Mobley, Corey Maggette, Shaun Livingston, Sam Cassell. You have all those guys.''
Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy was pleased.
"I thought this was a really good character win for us,'' Dunleavy said. "We did a lot of good things.''
The Clippers, who lost their season opener 112-107 at Phoenix on Wednesday night, improved to 2-1 and the defending Pacific Division champion Suns fell to 1-3.
"Everybody is frustrated, but we do have plenty of time to work on it,'' Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "And we will do that.''
"We're still trying to work the big fella back into our game,'' Thomas said. "It's going to take a little time, but once he gets back in, he will give us that inside presence that we are missing right now.''
Stoudemire, working his way back from knee surgeries, played just 11 minutes and scored two points.
"They beat us over there, and we couldn't lose this game tonight,'' Brand said of the rematch.
Down by two heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers opened a 107-97 lead on Chris Kaman's free throw with 3:19 remaining and were in front by at least five the rest of the way.
After the Suns fell behind 58-43 early in the third quarter, Nash led a comeback with 13 points in the period.
Reserve Leandro Barbosa added 10 points for the Suns in the third, and Nash's driving layup with two seconds remaining in the period gave Phoenix an 82-80 lead.
Barbosa finished with 13 points.
Maggette scored 16 points in the second quarter to spark the Clippers to a 56-43 halftime lead.
Notes: Swingman Jalen Rose, who signed a one-year contract with the Suns on Friday, was in street clothes and sat behind the bench during the game. He is scheduled to undergo a physical Sunday in Phoenix and play at San Antonio on Wednesday. He received a buyout from the New York Knicks. ... Tim Thomas averaged 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Suns when they eliminated the Clippers in their seven-game Western Conference semifinal last summer. He went 2-for-8 for nine points and had eight rebounds in the Clippers' season-opening loss at Phoenix on Wednesday.
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