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It's old home day for friends

November 16, 2008|Lisa Dillman | Dillman is a Times staff writer.

There were light moments before and during the Clippers-Golden State game for Baron Davis and Corey Maggette on Saturday.

They weren't traded for one another, of course. But it might as well be the case.

Davis opted out of the final year of his contract with the Warriors, and Maggette did the same with the Clippers, leaving after eight seasons here.

Davis laughed about former teammate Stephen Jackson's technical at the end of the first quarter.

"Usually, I'm calming him down," Davis said. "I'm like, 'Give him another one. Get him out of here.' "

Davis had 25 points and 11 assists but was three for 10 from three-point range.

Maggette, who was the Clippers' leading scorer last season, had 17 points despite foul trouble.

Maggette joked about finding the way to the right dressing room at Staples Center.

"Yeah, I would have run back in there like it was still there," he said. "It's different when you play the visiting team, and you see them come in here.

" . . . The NBA is now like the National Business Association, and you've got to treat it as such. And I always say that because when I was 18, I got traded and I heard it on the radio. So you have to handle it like it is business."

He speaks to Davis frequently because they do business together.

"He's a good friend of mine," Maggette said. "I just talk to him to see how he's doing because I know he goes through a lot over here."

Which is why Maggette probably was not surprised by the recent surfacing of a disconnect between Davis and Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy.

"Not really. Everyone knows the situation here," Maggette said.

"I told him, 'You've just got to weather the storm, man.' You never know what's going to happen. BD is a professional. And he wants to win."

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lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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