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Nov. 28, 1984: The Clippers' James Donaldson blocks a shot by the Seattle SuperSonics' Tom Chambers. Donaldson had the NBA's best 1984-85 field goal percentage of .637, averaging 11.3 points per game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Downs / Los Angeles Times

March 20, 1985: The Clippers' Bill Walton blocks a shot by the Utah Jazz's Adrian Dantley. At left is Rich Kelley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Kelsey / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 15, 1984: The Clippers' Bill Walton and the Milwaukee Bucks' Alton Lister battle for position. During the 1984-85 season, Walton played in 67 games, averaging 10.1 points per game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 27, 1985: Houston's Ralph Sampson tries to block a shot by the Clippers' Margues Johnson. Sampson missed the block, but Johnson's shot missed the basket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Kelsey / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 3, 1984: The Clippers' Junior Bridgeman slips between the Portland Trail Blazers' Kiki Vandeweghe, left, and Sam Bowie to get off a shot. Bridgeman averaged 13.9 points per game during the Clippers' 1984-85 season.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rosemary Kaul / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 10, 1984: Phoenix center James Edwards finds his path blocked by the Clippers' Norm Nixon during first-half action. Nixon averaged 8.8 assists per game for the Clippers during the 1984-85 season.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Galvez / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 2, 1985: The Clippers' Derek Smith tries to control the ball while being guarded by the Lakers' James Worthy. Smith led the Clippers in scoring during the 1984-85 season, with a 22.1 points per game average.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rosemary Kaul / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 20, 1985: The Clippers' Margues Johnson fights for the ball against the Seattle SuperSonics' Danny Vranes, left, and Jack Sikman during first-quarter action.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Kelsey / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 19: 1984: The Clippers' Bryan Warrick gets a helping hand from the Seattle SuperSonics' Frank Brickowski.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 1, 1984: The Clippers' James Donaldson and the New York Knicks' Pat Cummings battle for a rebound. Donaldson averaged 8.1 rebounds per game during the Clippers' 1984-85 season.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rosemary Kaul / Los Angeles Times

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After eight years in Buffalo, N.Y., and six in San Diego, the Clippers moved to the Los Angeles Sports Arena for the NBA’s 1984-85 season.

The team missed the playoffs with a 31-51 record. But its average attendance of 9,369 easily surpassed the team’s average attendance of 3,875 the previous season in San Diego.

Derek Smith led the team with a scoring average of 22.1 points per game, and former Laker Norm Nixon had 8.8 assists per game. Former UCLA greats Marques Johnson and Bill Walton also played with the 1984-85 Clippers.

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