SuperSonics 99, Clippers 93

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week SEATTLE — Rashard Lewis scored 28 points and the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-93 on Wednesday night for their first win of the preseason. Luke Ridnour added 14 points, including a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired that put Seattle ahead 95-90 with 38 seconds left. Lewis played 35 minutes and was 10-of-16 from the field, while Ray Allen scored 20 points and Damien Wilkins had 10 for Seattle (1-3). Chris Wilcox had 15 points, while rookie Daniel Ewing added 14 for the Clippers, who were trying to improve to 4-1 in the preseason for the first time since 1993. First-year Seattle coach Bob Weiss had focused on defense much of the preseason, looking to improve on the 46 percent shooting Seattle allowed last season. He had to get the offense in order on Wednesday. Much of the first half was sloppy _ the teams combined for 29 fouls _ but Seattle found a rhythm late in the half, and trimmed an 11-point deficit to 53-49. Both teams played their starters much of the third quarter, and then brought most back for the final 5 1/2 minutes. Tied at 84, Seattle outscored the Clippers 15-9 the rest of the way. Sam Cassell, who had 18 points in 24 minutes for the Clippers on Tuesday, and Corey Maggette, who had 15 points in that game against Portland, were both given the night off. The Clippers were also without Shaun Livingston (back) and Zeljko Rebraca (knee). Rebraca missed his third game, while Livingston has yet to play. Weiss intended on sitting forward Reggie Evans, but he entered with 3:43 left in the third quarter. Weiss hoped keeping Evans out would give Danny Fortson a chance at extended time in his first action. But Fortson picked up his fourth with 6:37 left in the first half, and never returned. Fortson missed the first two games with a toe injury and didn’t accompany the team to Laredo, Texas, for Monday’s loss to Houston after becoming ill. Forward Mikki Moore (knee) and center Vitaly Potapenko (left hamstring) did not play as well for Seattle. last_img read more