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Clippers led by as many as 23

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Corey Maggette's nagging back spasms
almost kept him from playing until a specialist paid a visit to his
San Francisco hotel room only hours before tipoff.

That did the trick.

Maggette had 26 points and six assists, and Bobby Simmons added
22 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Golden State
Warriors 94-86 on Saturday night for the club's best start (2-1) in
eight years.

"He did me wonders. Now I'm able to do things," said Maggette,
whose back has been bothering him since the preseason and forces
him to take periodic breaks. "I'm just trying to battle it. I
don't want to sit out."

Elton Brand had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists for
the Clippers, who led by as many as 23 on the way to their 11th
victory in 14 meetings between the teams in Oakland.

Maggette scored 13 points in the opening period, making all six
of his field-goal tries, and the Clippers shot 48.7 percent in the
first half to take a big lead. The teams combined for 69 fouls.

Maggette shot a combined 10-of-34 in his first two games, then
went 9-for-16 Saturday.

Chris Wilcox scored 14 points for Los Angeles a night after
getting a career-high 27 in a 94-81 loss at Portland.

"Ever since I've been in the NBA, I've never started like
this," said Wilcox, a second-year center out of Maryland. "It's a
great feeling right now. Everything has worked out for us, and this
is something to build on."

Speedy Claxton had 18 points and nine assists before fouling
out, Troy Murphy had 17 points before getting his sixth foul, and
Jason Richardson added 15 points and six rebounds for Golden State
in another inconsistent, cold-shooting night by the home team.

Not only are the Warriors missing shots, they're struggling to
convert key free throws -- and much of the time they're settling for
jumpers instead of going hard to the hoop.

Welcome to the NBA, Mike Montgomery.

He is still winless in three games as an NBA coach after leaving
a successful Stanford program for the new adventure that is the
Warriors. Golden State is 0-3 at home for the first time since
1999, and this is its worst start since that season when the team
began 0-4.

"We've got to put a complete game together," Montgomery said.
"We dug ourselves a huge hole. ... For us to win, we've got to do
it on defense."

The Warriors opened the third quarter with a 14-4 spurt -- six
from Murphy -- to pull within 55-51, and got within striking
distance again late but couldn't get closer than four points.
Claxton made three free throws with 2:38 left, then Maggette hit a
3 on the other end.

Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy lost against his father,
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. The younger Dunleavy shot 2-for-12 --
missing all five 3-point tries -- for seven points.

Montgomery believes his players are lacking confidence because
of their offensive struggles.

"This is a gut check," said center Adonal Foyle, who had a
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. "We better not get
that demoralized mindset."

Golden State fans are already growing impatient and frustrated
with a franchise that has missed the playoffs for 10 straight
seasons. When Chris Mullin took over as executive vice president of
basketball operations earlier this year, he vowed to turn this team
into a winner, but never said it would happen overnight.

The Warriors shot 5-for-19 in the first quarter and committed
six turnovers. The ugly performance drew boos from the crowd.
Golden State missed 10 straight shots during one stretch from late
in the first quarter to early in the second.

"Anybody but the Clippers!" one man hollered in the game's
closing minutes.

Game notes
Both teams played on consecutive nights for the first time
this season. ... Montgomery was pleased with rookie forward Andris
Biedrins, the 11th overall pick of this year's draft who made his
NBA debut Friday and played seven minutes. "He needs to get
stronger," said Montgomery, who likes Biedrins' athleticism and
speed for a 6-foot-11 player. ... Simmons already has two games of
more than 20 points after never scoring 20 or more before this
season.