Vin Baker scored 27 points and Gary Payton recovered from a cold start with eight of his 12 points in the final four minutes as the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Los Angeles Clippers 101-100 Monday night.
Los Angeles lost for the seventh consecutive time and 15th time in 16 games despite 24 points from Lamond Murray and a season-high 10 3-pointers.
The Clippers, who attempted a season-high 26 shots from 3-point range the last time the Sonics came here on Dec. 16, tried 19 this time. Darrick Martin made three of them in the final 6:33, the last one giving the Clippers a 97-91 lead with 2½ minutes left.
But Payton, who missed eight of his first nine shots, capped a 10-0 run with his second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter and a breakaway layup for a 101-97 lead with 33 seconds to play.
Eric Piatkowski's third 3-pointer capped his 19-point effort with 15 seconds left. The Clippers then controlled a jump ball and Martin shot a 3-point attempt over Hersey Hawkins off an inbounds play, but the ball caromed off the back rim as time expired.
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