Clippers/Denver halftime

The Clippers maintained their second quarter rally and took a 56-46 advantage into halftime.

Los Angeles outscored the Nuggets 35-20 in the second quarter.

The Clippers defense has shut down the Nuggets’s Chauncey Billups – who only has four points so far, although Carmelo Anthony has 21.

L.A. has nine players who have scored so far, with Rasual Butler still leading the team with 16. DeAndre Jordan has shot 4-for-5 with eight points and several players have six or more, including Al Thornton (with 7), Sebastian Telfair (6) and Craig Smith (8).

Announcers Lawler, Smith suspended for game

LOS ANGELES (AP)— Clippers longtime play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler and color analyst Michael Smith were suspended one game by the Fox Sports Prime Ticket cable network for their comments about Memphis center Hamed Haddadi.
Lawler and Smith made their off-the-cuff comments about the Iranian-born center during
Wednesday night’s telecast from Memphis. The on-air banter offended a viewer who called Fox to complain.
The duo did not work Friday’s night telecast against the Denver Nuggets at Staples
Center. Michael Eaves and Don MacLean, who regularly serve as halftime and postgame
analysts on the Clippers telecasts, substituted for Lawler and Smith at courtside.
Lawler is in his 31st season doing Clippers games, and Smith is in his 12th.

Clippers right the ship

Baron Davis scored 24 and Chris Kaman got 25 – and a black eye – as the Clippers downed Oklahoma City Sunday 101-93.

Unlike their previous game, the Clips withstood a Thunder rally and hung on for the win. Kaman battled hard down low and took an accidental shot in the face from Jeff Green for the shiner.

Kevin Durant had 40 points for Oklahoma City in the game – which had 25 lead changes and 18 ties.

Clippers now improve to 4-7 on the season.

Clippers let one slip away

After leading 34-17 at the end of the first quarter and by 22 points in the second, the Clippers let it slip away from them and Toronto won at Staples Center 104-89.

The Raptors capped their comeback in the fourth quarter – punctuated by a 16-0 run and four three-pointers to end the game.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Raptors, who started a four-game road trip in Los Angeles. Andrea Bargnani added 19 and Jose Calderon 18 for Toronto (5-4).

Chris Kaman had 25 points for the Clippers while Baron Davis added 17 and Al Thornton had 12. Steve Novak was the other Clipper who scored in double figures, with 10 points off the bench.

The Clippers are awaiting the return of Blake Griffin, who hasn’t played in the regular season due to an injured knee. The date of his return is undetermined at this time.

Sterling to pay $2.73 million in housing discrimination case

LOS ANGELES (AP)— Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling
has agreed to pay a record $2.73 million to settle allegations by the government that he
refused to rent apartments to Hispanics, blacks and to families with children, the Justice
Department announced Tuesday.
The Justice Department sued Sterling in August 2006 for allegations of housing
discrimination in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. Other defendants were Sterling’s wife,
Rochelle, and the Sterling Family Trust.
The defendants allegedly made statements to employees indicating that African-Americans and
Hispanics were not desirable tenants.
Court filings indicated that Sterling rented to fewer blacks and Hispanics in Koreatown
than would be expected based on demographics, according to the Justice Department.
In settling the lawsuit, however, the defendants denied any liability.
Robert Platt, an attorney for Sterling and the trust, issued a statement saying his clients
denied any acts of discrimination.
“The fair housing attorneys could not identify a single individual who was wrongfully
denied the right to rent an apartment,” he said. The trust has a zero-tolerance policy
regarding housing discrimination, he said.
However, insurers for the trust decided it was cheaper to settle the case than to keep
fighting, Platt said. Those insurers will cover the settlement.
Sterling owns the NBA’s Clippers and manages 119 apartment buildings with more than 5,000
apartment units in Los Angeles County.
“Housing is a basic human need, and yet decades after passage of the Fair Housing Act, far
too many still encounter barriers like discrimination,” said Thomas Perez, assistant
attorney general for the civil rights division.
“The magnitude of this settlement should send a message to all landlords that we will
vigorously pursue violations of the Fair Housing Act,” he said.
The settlement, which will be considered by a Los Angeles federal judge, also covers two
related lawsuits by former tenants at one of the Sterling properties. In those cases, a
black family and an interracial family with children contended that private yards that had
been part of their apartment were demolished because of their race, the Justice Department
Under the settlement, Sterling and the other defendants would pay a $100,000 civil penalty
to the government and would pay $2.63 million into a fund to pay monetary damages to
tenants who were harmed.
The Justice Department’s previous record settlement for discrimination in the area of
rental housing was $2.2 million in a 1996 case.
Four years ago, Sterling agreed to pay an undisclosed sum and nearly $5 million in attorney
fees to settle an unrelated 2003 lawsuit that claimed he tried to drive non-Korean tenants
out of apartments he bought in Koreatown. The lawsuit was brought by the nonprofit Housing
Rights Center and 18 other plaintiffs.
That ruling came two weeks after a jury found in Sterling’s favor in a lawsuit filed by a
former property manager, Sumner Davenport, who claimed he sexually harassed her. Davenport
also alleged that Sterling’s companies had racially prejudiced employment and housing