SEATTLE (AP) -- The foul-filled game ended with Desmond Mason of
the Seattle SuperSonics missing a running 10-footer just before the
final buzzer after intercepting Andre Miller's inbounds pass near
"I overthrew it, but we still came out on top so I'm not
worried about it,'' Miller said after the Los Angeles Clippers'
90-88 victory Friday night.
Lamar Odom scored 21 points and Miller had his fifth career
triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the
Clippers handed the Sonics their fourth consecutive loss.
Miller admitted he was guilty of doing some negative thinking as
Mason headed to the basket.
"I just knew he was going to make it,'' he said with a grimace.
"But it bounced out and we ended up winning the game.''
Mason didn't want to talk after the game, but Sonics coach Nate
McMillan defended one of his best young players. It appeared Mason
had time to dunk the ball and tie the score.
"Des didn't think he had time to get to the basket,'' McMillan
said. "He just tried to get the shot off.''
The Clippers ended a four-game losing streak in Seattle. They
had lost eight of their last nine against the Sonics.
The teams combined for an NBA season-high 57 fouls, drawing the
ire of McMillan.
"It's ridiculous what the officials are doing,'' he said.
"Gary's (Payton) getting grabbed and fouled. He's getting no
Miller said he always enjoys competing against Payton, Seattle's
"He brings out the best in everybody,'' Miller said. "I don't
try to get caught up in the talking. I just try to go out and get
other people involved.''
Miller's final inbounds pass was supposed to go to Olowokandi.
"Andre decided to throw the ball up in the air and it went over
my head,'' Olowokandi said. "I wish I could have suggested another
play in the huddle.''
He thought Mason was going to dunk the ball or make a layup to
tie the score.
"I'm not going at him personally, but it looked to me like he
had enough time,'' Olowokandi said.
Odom, playing in his seventh game of the season after recovering
from right ankle surgery, fouled out with 4:14 left. He shot
6-for-10 with nine rebounds.
Miller, who was acquired in a trade from Cleveland during the
offseason, had four triple-doubles in three seasons with the
Cavaliers, including three last season.
Rashard Lewis led the Sonics, who lost for the eighth time in 10
starts, with 18 points.
The Clippers won their second straight after a six-game losing
Corey Maggette had 17 points and Olowokandi had 13 points for
Los Angeles, which outrebounded the Sonics 47-34.
The Clippers, who missed 11 free throws, led 86-75 with 3:49
left before Lewis made a 3-pointer, Drobnjak sank an 18-footer and
Payton hit a basket to cut Seattle's deficit to 86-82 with 1:05 on
Vladimir Radmanovic of Seattle hit a 3-pointer and made two free
throws in the final 34.7 seconds.
The Clippers took their biggest lead of the game, 63-48, after
Olowokandi made a short jump hook with 5:02 left in the third
quarter. They also led by 15 at 66-51 and 69-54. A 3-pointer by
Radmanovic with 3.4 seconds left in the period cut Los Angeles'
lead to 70-62.
The Clippers led 46-35 at halftime as Payton was limited to 2
minutes in the second quarter after being called for his third
personal -- an offensive foul with 5:05 on the clock. A 12-foot jump
hook by Olowokandi gave the Clippers a 39-26 advantage with 4:16
left in the first half.
Four technicals were called on the Sonics and Clippers in the
final 1.9 seconds of the first half. Brent Barry of Seattle was
whistled for throwing an elbow and Keyon Dooling of the Clippers
was given a technical for arguing with Barry. The officials then
called a double technical on Melvin Ely of Los Angeles and Mason
after they exchanged words.
Clippers coach Alvin Gentry was upset with Dooling and Ely for
"It doesn't matter what anybody said or what anybody did,''
Gentry said. "You've got to learn to walk away as a player and
keep the momentum on our side.''
Payton and Lewis both shot poorly, with Payton going 7-for-19
and Lewis 4-for-15. Payton wound up with 17 points. Elton Brand of
the Clippers also had an off night, with six points on 2-for-7
McMillan gave Kenny Anderson his first start of the season,
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