The Mighty Clippers of Anaheim? Not exactly. But it felt that way for 47:59 minutes to a team displaced from its usual arena because of last week's earthquake.
Playing the first regular-season NBA game at the new Anaheim Arena - officially Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim - the Los Angeles Clippers led almost the whole way before Patrick Ewing made a nine-foot jumper with :00.9 seconds left to give the New York Knicks a 103-101 victory."The team likes this place. You can get spoiled here. I liked the fan support here, and it's such a clean and new facility," said Loy Vaught of the Clippers.
"It was night and day," the Clippers' Danny Manning said. "This is a state-of-the-art facility. That's the bottom line."
A crowd of 17,507 was the largest yet to see a sporting event at the home of the NHL Mighty Ducks. "People come because they like going to buildings like this. It has a certain air to it," Manning said.
It was the Clippers' second straight home game on an unfamiliar floor. They lost to Cleveland last Friday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
In other games, Seattle beat New Jersey 113-106, Cleveland beat Chicago 100-84, Washington beat Dallas 98-95, Houston beat Sacramento 113-97 and Denver beat Indiana 113-106.
Building inspectors were set to inspect the LA Sports Arena today to check repairs made to the ceiling, floor and roof trusses. If everything checks out OK, the Clippers will be back on their usual home court for Saturday's game against Minnesota.