Clippers go OT to top Raptors, 115-113
TORONTO — Even though the Los Angeles Clippers have never played better, Sam Cassell doesn't want their reputation to change.
Elton Brand scored 30 points, Cassell added 27, and the Clippers moved 11 games over .500 for the first time in team history with a 115-113 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors yesterday.
"We're just the same old Clippers. That's all we are. We're just the same old Clippers," Cassell said. "We want teams to continue to take us lightly."
After 12 consecutive losing seasons, the Clippers won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 12-10 on the road. They have already surpassed their total of 10 road wins in each of the past two seasons.
The franchise hasn't been 11 games over the break-even mark since the Buffalo Braves were 30-19 on Jan. 28, 1976.
Cassell sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer and scored six points in the extra period.
Chris Bosh had 29 points, but he missed three jumpers in the final minute of overtime, including a potential tying one from the top of key as time expired.Rockets 93, Knicks 89: Tracy McGrady scored 23 points and David Wesley added 19, including several free throws late, to lead visiting Houston. The Knicks had a chance to tie with 6.9 seconds left, but a 3-pointer by Jalen Rose was partially blocked by Stromile Swift and fell short.
Kings 96, Jazz 78: Mike Bibby scored 23 points, Kevin Martin added 20 and host Sacramento hit more than enough field goals in the fourth quarter. The Kings rebounded just fine from a humiliating 0-for-20 shooting performance in the fourth quarter in Salt Lake City two days earlier.