SuperSonics 102, Clippers 89
Dec. 04, 1999
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Gary Payton scored 19 points as the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the 11th straight time, 102-89 Saturday.
Maurice Taylor and Derek Anderson each had 19 points for the Clippers, who have lost five straight overall.
Vin Baker made a short hook shot and Horace Grant added a driving layup and four free throws during an 8-0 run that helped extend Seattle's five-point halftime lead to 75-59 with 5:21 left in the third quarter.
The Sonics used a 7-2 run to take a 92-74 lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers never got closer than 11 points after that.
Grant sat out for 2 1-2 minutes early in the second quarter after banging his left knee in a collision with Brian Skinner. But teammate Brent Barry responded with a steal, a driving layup and three assists on dunks by Rashard Lewis during Grant's brief absence, helping Seattle take a 41-34 lead with 8:53 left in the half.
Seattle has won 25 of its last 26 games against the Clippers, with the only blemish being a two-point loss at Anaheim Arena on Jan. 23, 1997. The Clippers have dropped their last 12 games against the Sonics in Los Angeles, dating back to Jan. 24, 1993.
Notes: Payton got a technical foul from referee Tommy Nunez with 3:39 left in the first half, following his profanity-laced response to a foul called against him for grabbing Lamar Odom's arm on an inbounds play. The technical came right after Payton told Nunez, ``I'm the captain, so I can say whatever I want.'' ... Slumping Vernon Maxwell went 2-for-5 from the field for Seattle and had seven points in 12 minutes. ... The Sonics are 11-0 when they score at least 100 points. ... The Clippers have won only once in 11 games against Western Conference opponents.