Ellis Sets 3-Point Record as Sonics Defeat Clippers

From Associated Press

Dale Ellis set an NBA record with nine three-point baskets and the Seattle SuperSonics moved into sole possession of the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with a 121-99 victory over the Clippers on Friday night.

Ellis, who set a club record with seven three-point baskets in an overtime victory at Sacramento the previous night, finished with 36 points on 13-of-16 shooting. He made nine of 11 three-point shots.

Ellis broke the NBA record of eight three-point baskets held by three players: Rick Barry of Houston in 1980, John Roche of Denver in 1982, and Michael Adams of Denver last season.

Earlier this season, Ellis missed 27 games with three broken ribs and a collapsed lung after a one-car accident.

The Sonics (41-40) can wrap up a playoff berth over Houston (40-41) with a victory at Golden State on Sunday in their final regular-season game. If the Sonics lose and Houston takes its regular-season finale at home against Utah, the Rockets will go to the playoffs.

Houston lost at Dallas, 121-120, Friday night.

Charles Smith led the Clippers with 23 points, hitting 10 of 11 shots. Benoit Benjamin had 15 and Joe Wolf had 14.

Ellis had 22 points at halftime, making five of six three-point shots as the Sonics held a 73-42 lead.

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