The Los Angeles Clippers were a little embarrassed after scoring only 78 points, but you should have seen the other team.
Believe it or not, that low point total was good enough to win an NBA game Sunday night as the Clippers beat the Seattle Supersonics 78-65 in a contest that set club records for fewest points by the Sonics and fewest allowed by the Clippers."We were both cold," said Clippers forward Ken Norman, who led everyone with 22 points despite a 7-for-25 shooting performance. "Both teams played pretty good defense, but you obviously expect a much more high-scoring game with two fast-paced teams."
Seattle's previous club record for fewest points was 73 on Oct. 31, 1985 against the Denver Nuggets.
Sunday night's performance also broke the Clippers' record for points allowed by 14. They surrendered 79 last Jan. 2, against Minnesota, matching the mark first established on Jan. 13, 1989 against Detroit.
The 65 points, incidentally, tied for the fifth-lowest total in NBA history and the combined total of 143 was the fourth-lowest.
The Clippers shot only 39.7 percent from the field. The Sonics were even worse - hitting only 27 of 84 shots and just 11 of 21 from the foul line.
Trail Blazers 125, Bulls 112
Clyde Drexler hit the 30-point mark for the fourth consecutive game as Portland remained the NBA's only unbeaten team.
The 9-0 start ties a club record set in 1979, when the Blazers finished the season with a losing record. The Blazers shot better than 60 percent from the field for the fourth straight game.
Lakers 115, Warriors 93
Sam Perkins scored 22 points and James Worthy 21 as the Lakers beat Golden State with the help of poor first-half shooting by the Warriors.
The Warriors entered the game as the NBA's third-highest scoring team with an average of 124.6, but managed only 44 in the first half, making just 17 of 44 field-goal attempts, a percentage of .386.