Odom, who finished with 10 assists, eight points and eight
rebounds, snaked inside for a tiebreaking layup with 1:16
remaining, and Elton Brand cemented the win with a free throw as
the Clippers gained their first road victory of the season, 96-92
over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
"We just came up with some key plays," coach Alvin Gentry
said. "When they had to make some shots, it didn't happen for
Earl Boykins made a free throw for a 95-92 lead with 15.9
seconds to go. On Phoenix's possession, Rodney Rogers couldn't get
a layup to fall, and Brand got the rebound and was fouled. He made
one free throw with 5.9 seconds left.
Brand had 21 points as the Clippers won for the first time in
seven road games and moved past the Suns into third place in the
"This game was very big for us," Brand said. "It was very
important that we got this first road win. It's funny, it seems
like we think we can turn it on and turn it off when we want, but
that's not the case. That's a pretty good Phoenix ballclub, and
they could have put it to us."
Richardson had 11 points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the
Suns, who had a season-low 9.
"My mindset in the fourth quarter was I had to get myself in
the game," Richardson said. "Offensively, I hadn't given the team
anything. I was starting to look for my shots and produce."
"They play with a lot of confidence," Rogers said about the
Clippers. "They're just out there free-flowing, and you can't let
them get those shots."
The Clippers fought back from an eight-point deficit to start
the fourth quarter, going ahead 90-89 when Richardson completed a
fast break layup with 3:14 to go to give Los Angeles its first lead
in more than three quarters.
Darius Miles made a layup, but Rogers tied it at 92 with a
3-pointer with 1:54 remaining.
"In the fourth quarter, they decided to go ahead and win the
game," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "They got up in the
backcourt and pressed us, and we didn't handle it very well. They
outrebounded us 22-5 and had 10 offensive boards in the fourth
No more than four points separated the teams until the Suns
began the second quarter with a 13-4 run in which Delk had
back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup.
Phoenix had a 39-28 lead in the first 2:39 of the quarter and
led 56-49 at halftime.
Brand made a layup and jumper to start a 9-4 surge that got Los
Angeles within 60-58 when Maggette made a free throw 3:11 into the
After offsetting jumpers by Marion and Brand, Marbury, Marion
and Rogers made layups in a 55-second span, opening a 70-63 lead
with 4:58 to go in the third. Phoenix led by 83-72 before a free
throw by Miles and another layup by Brand in the closing seconds.
Phoenix is 13-4 against the Clippers in the last four
years, but the Clippers are 4-1 in the last five meetings. ... The
Suns fell to 8-4 in games coming after a loss. ... Brand had seven
rebounds, preventing his 18th double-double.