LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When the Los Angeles Clippers are moving the
ball, they're a very difficult team to shut down.
Reserve Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points and 12
rebounds Saturday night in a 114-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns,
and his teammates pitched in with a variety of contributions.
Sam Cassell also had 23 points, Cuttino Mobley had 18, and Elton
Brand had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Thomas had eight points
and 13 rebounds against his former Phoenix teammates, and Shaun
Livingston came off the bench to score 14 points and dish off nine
"When we move the ball and get eight, nine, 10 or 11 touches,
who can you stop?" Mobley said. "You have an Elton Brand, Tim
Thomas, Cuttino Mobley, Corey Maggette, Shaun Livingston, Sam
Cassell. You have all those guys."
"We're still trying to work the big fella back into our game,"
Thomas said. "It's going to take a little time, but once he gets
back in, he will give us that inside presence that we are missing
Stoudemire, working his way back from knee surgeries, played
just 11 minutes and scored two points.
The Suns defeated the Clippers 112-107 in the season opener.
"They beat us over there, and we couldn't lose this game
tonight," Brand said of the rematch.
Down by two heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers opened
a 107-97 lead on Chris Kaman's free throw with 3:19 remaining and
were in front by at least five the rest of the way.
After the Suns fell behind 58-43 early in the third quarter,
Nash led a comeback with 13 points in the period.
Reserve Leandro Barbosa added 10 points for the Suns in the
third, and Nash's driving layup with 2 seconds remaining in the
period gave Phoenix an 82-80 lead.
Barbosa finished with 13 points.
Maggette scored 16 points in the second quarter to spark the
Clippers to a 56-43 halftime lead.
G-F Jalen Rose, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million
contract with the Suns on Friday, was in street clothes and sat
behind the bench during the game. He is scheduled to undergo a
physical Sunday in Phoenix and play at San Antonio on Wednesday. He
received a $14.5 buyout from the New York Knicks. ... Tim Thomas
averaged 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Suns when they
eliminated the Clippers in their seven-game Western Conference
semifinal last summer. He went 2-for-8 for nine points and had
eight rebounds in the Clippers' season-opening loss at Phoenix on