In addition to White's 26 points, Johnson and Nixon each added 23 for the Clippers. But starting center Benoit Benjamin reverted back to his catatonic period and had only 6 points and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes.
"We needed Ben tonight," Chaney said. "We've survived the last month with him playing well for us. He wasn't visible tonight."
Coach Don Chaney's contract runs out after the season, and there is continuing speculation that Chaney is the leading candidate for the vacancy at the University of Houston, his alma mater. Although Chaney's status with the Clippers remains tenuous, General Manager Carl Scheer said he has had no discussions with owner Donald T. Sterling about Chaney. "Duck (Chaney) is fine for the balance of the season," Scheer said. "I'm not saying this is a longtime thing. Who knows, he might resign and take the Houston job. I don't know." . . . The Clippers signed reserve forward Jeff Cross, whose second 10-day contract would have expired after Friday's game, for the remainder of the season. Cross joined the Clippers on Jan. 30 and has averaged 2.0 rebounds in a total of 30 minutes of play.