Sonics 118, Clippers 105
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Forward Tim McCormick, starting in place of suspended Tom Chambers, scored a career-high 27 points Wednesday night to power the Seattle SuperSonics to a 118-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a National Basketball Association game.
McCormick’s 11 third-quarter points helped Seattle pull away. The Sonics outscored Los Angeles 41-23 in the period and outshot the Clippers 68 percent to 35 percent.
Seattle took control with a 17-5 run that built a 79-58 advantage with 2:31 left in the third quarter. The Sonics led 88-64 going into the final quarter and maintained their 20-point margin through most of the period.
Norm Nixon, with four three-point field goals, scored 22 of his game-high 37 points in the final quarter for Los Angeles. Derek Smith added 21 points and Junior Bridgeman chipped in 21 for the losers.
Al Wood finished with 18 points for Seattle and Gerald Henderson added 16.
McCormick, making only his third start of the season, surpassed his previous best of 20 points set on Jan. 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Chambers was sitting out a one-game suspension for pushing referee John Vanak in Friday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.