MOSCOW -- Shaun Livingston scored 19 points and the Los
Angeles Clippers beat BC Khimki 98-91 Friday in an exhibition game.
The Clippers, one of four NBA teams taking part in a European
preseason tour, have been in Moscow since Oct. 1 for training camp
and will also play Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow on Saturday.
Melvin Booker led Khimki with 19 points, going 4-of-9 on
3-pointers. Boris Gorenc scored 17.
The Clippers are the first NBA team to play in Russia since the
Atlanta Hawks in 1988.
Later Friday, the Phoenix Suns played against Virtus Lottomatica
Roma in Italy.
On Thursday, FC Barcelona beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-99,
the third time an international club has beaten an NBA team since
1988. Also, San Antonio defeated Asvel Villeurbanne 115-90 in
The Clippers finished 47-35 last season, only their second
winning record since moving from Buffalo to California in 1978,
before coming within one victory of the Western Conference finals.
They will play eight preseason games before the regular season
opener in Phoenix on Nov. 1.