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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 26 30 31 33 120 LA CLIPPERS 39 35 39 39 152 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - REGGIE SLATER 20, JOHN WALLACE 14, ROY ROGERS 14 LAC - LAMOND MURRAY 25, RODNEY ROGERS 24, DARRICK MARTIN 21


TORONTO (120) AT LA CLIPPERS (152)

TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

SLATER F 27 7-8 6-8 4 2 6 0 5 0 1 20 WALLACE F 32 6-19 2-4 2 4 6 1 3 0 0 14 MILLER C 23 5-10 0-0 5 2 7 4 2 1 0 10 BILLUPS G 30 3-12 4-4 1 0 1 3 1 1 1 11 CHRISTIE G 26 5-11 2-2 0 2 2 3 0 2 3 13 ROGERS 12 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 4 1 1 4 BROWN 25 6-10 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 14 THOMAS 12 0-2 3-4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 MCGRADY 22 4-7 5-8 5 1 6 1 3 0 0 13 RESPERT 26 5-9 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 3 0 14 WRIGHT 5 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 CAMBY DNP - STRAINED LEFT ABDUCTOR

TOTALS 240 45-95 24-32 21 14 35 15 21 8 8 120 (.474) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(17 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MURRAY F 29 11-17 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 25 ROGERS F 29 8-11 7-9 2 3 5 4 3 1 2 24 AUSTIN C 28 5-7 2-3 2 8 10 6 1 0 3 12 MARTIN G 33 7-8 6-6 0 2 2 8 3 1 0 21 PIATKOWSKI G 26 8-12 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 18 TAYLOR 26 9-11 0-1 2 4 6 2 5 0 1 18 WRIGHT 21 6-10 4-5 3 4 7 1 3 3 0 16 ROBINSON 18 3-8 1-2 1 1 2 5 1 0 0 7 RICHARDSON 15 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 CLOSS 7 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 VRANKOVIC 4 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 SMITH 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 61-88 21-28 12 28 40 34 22 5 8 152 (.693) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

TORONTO 26 30 31 33 - 120 LA CLIPPERS 39 35 39 39 - 152

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - MILLER 3, WALLACE, CHRISTIE, MCGRADY. LA CLIPPERS - CLOSS 2, TAYLOR, WRIGHT, PIATKOWSKI, VRANKOVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 6-16 (.375), BILLUPS 1-5, CHRISTIE 1-2, BROWN 2-4, MCGRADY 0-1, RESPERT 2-4. LA CLIPPERS 9-22 (.409), MURRAY 3-5, ROGERS 1-4, MARTIN 1-2, PIATKOWSKI 2-5, ROBINSON 0-4, RICHARDSON 2-2. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - MILLER, LA CLIPPERS - AUSTIN. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, BLANE REICHELT, JIM CLARK. A - 6,158. T - 2:07.


TORONTO (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Slater 27 7-8 6-8 4-6 0 5 20 Wallace 32 6-19 2-4 2-6 1 3 14 Miller 23 5-10 0-0 5-7 4 2 10 Billups 30 3-12 4-4 1-1 3 1 11 Christie 26 5-11 2-2 0-2 3 0 13 Rogers 12 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 4 4 Brown 25 6-10 0-0 1-3 1 0 14 Thomas 12 0-2 3-4 0-0 0 1 3 Mcgrady 22 4-7 5-8 5-6 1 3 13 Respert 26 5-9 2-2 1-1 1 2 14 Wright 5 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Camby DNP - strained left abductor _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-95 24-32 21-35 15 21 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Billups 1-5, Christie 1-2, Brown 2-4, Mcgrady 0-1, Respert 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Miller 3, Wallace, Christie, Mcgrady). Turnovers: 8 (Christie 3, Billups, Brown, Rogers, Slater, Thomas). Steals: 8 (Respert 3, Christie 2, Billups, Miller, Rogers).

LA CLIPPERS (152) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 29 11-17 0-0 1-3 1 1 25 Rogers 29 8-11 7-9 2-5 4 3 24 Austin 28 5-7 2-3 2-10 6 1 12 Martin 33 7-8 6-6 0-2 8 3 21 Piatkowski 26 8-12 0-0 1-2 3 1 18 Taylor 26 9-11 0-1 2-6 2 5 18 Wright 21 6-10 4-5 3-7 1 3 16 Robinson 18 3-8 1-2 1-2 5 1 7 Richardson 15 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 6 Closs 7 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Vrankovic 4 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 1 1 Smith 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 61-88 21-28 12-40 34 22 152 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.693, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Murray 3-5, Rogers 1-4, Martin 1-2, Piatkowski 2-5, Robinson 0-4, Richardson 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Closs 2, Taylor, Wright, Piatkowski, Vrankovic). Turnovers: 9 (Austin 3, Rogers 2, Smith, Taylor, Vrankovic). Steals: 5 (Wright 3, Martin, Rogers). ____________________________________________ Toronto 26 30 31 33 - 120 La Clippers 39 35 39 39 - 152 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Miller, 0:47 2nd). La Clippers 1 (Austin, 0:47 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 6,158. T: 2:07. Officials: Bill Spooner, Blane Reichelt, Jim Clark.


GAME RECAP

The Los Angeles Clippers recorded a franchise record and a league season-high for points in a game with a 152-120 pasting of the Toronto Raptors.

Lamond Murray scored 25 points and Rodney Rogers added 24 to lead seven players in double figures for the Clippers, whose previous franchise-record was 146 against Denver on April 12th, 1991. They also topped Utah, 146-128 when the team was based in San Diego on April 14th, 1984.

Ironically, the league's previous season high for points in a non-overtime game was set four days ago against Los Angeles when the Phoenix Suns rompted, 134-105. The Suns had the previous season high for points in a game, having posted a 140-139 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in four overtimes on November 14th.

Darrick Martin registered a season-high 21 points while Eric Piatkowski and Maurice Taylor chipped in 18 apiece as Los Angeles set another franchise record by hitting 69.3 percent (61-of-88) of its field-goal attempts. The previous mark was 66.7 percent (62-of-93), set on February 19th, 1974, against Milwaukee.

The Clippers, who had lost their last two games by a combined 52 points, wiped out their previous season-best margin of victory -- a 94-79 win over Golden State on January 2nd. They owned a 74-56 halftime lead, scoring as many points in the first half as they had scored in an entire game on two occassions this season.

"It's a crazy game. The shots we made tonight were tougher than the ones we missed last night," said coach Bill Fitch, whose Clippers suffered a 108-85 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. "Our guys passed the ball very unselfishly. We came back tonight and showed what we're made of."

Los Angeles (14-49) won for just the fourth time in its last 24 games, moving into a tie with Dallas and Golden State for the league's third-worst record. Toronto (13-49) suffered its sixth straight defeat to take over the second-worst mark.

"I feel embarassed to a certain point," Raptors coach Butch Carter said. "We took the necessary steps with practice and conditioning, but things didn't go as planned. I think we're really gonna have to get some work done tomorrow."

Reggie Slater scored 20 points to pace the Raptors, who have lost 13 of 15 games overall. They dropped to 0-5 on their six-game road trip, which mercifully ends Sunday at Golden State, and suffered their 11th loss in the last 12 road games overall.

The high-scoring outcome should not come as much of a surprise. Coming into the game, the Clippers owned the NBA's worst defense, giving up 104.2 points per contest. The Raptors were third-worst in the league, allowing 103.0 points per game.

"Everybody's getting it together," Murray said. "We're more looking forward to next season because this season is pretty much over."

Chauncey Billups hit a layup to give Toronto a 19-18 lead with 5:19 left in the opening period. Darrick Martin answered just six seconds later with a long jumper, sparking a 25-7 burst and giving Los Angeles the lead for good.

Martin scored seven points and Taylor added six on that run. Piatkowski contributed seven points, including a fast-break layup that capped the run for a 43-26 lead with 10:54 left before halftime.

It was never a game after that point, as the Raptors were unable to get closer than 13 points. The Clippers grabbed their largest lead, 141-115, on a dunk by Rogers midway through the final period. Shortly after that, Pooh Richardson buried a three-pointer to match the biggest lead, 149-113, with 2:14 remaining to break the franchise record for points in one game.

"It was an old-fashioned butt kicking out there," Raptors guard Dee Brown said. "It wasn't key things like being outrebounded, it was all about stepping up and doing your job and taking responsibility. We need to analyze this and adjust or this will happen to us every night."

Lorenzen Wright, who had been on the injured list since March 3rd with a sprained left ankle, returned to register 16 points and seven boards in 21 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles.

Isaac Austin finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Clippers, who turned eight Toronto turnovers into 17 points. Toronto scored just 10 points off nine turnovers by Los Angeles.

"What can I say, it was a great game. We came out and everybody played well," Austin said. "We moved the ball around, defensively we stepped it up and offensively we were clicking all night long. Everybody played well tonight."

"Tonight we played four quarters of pretty tough defense," Murray said. "That's been our problem the last couple of games, we haven't played good defense. Tonight we created turnovers, that created our offense."

Martin handed out eight of the Clippers' season-high 34 assists and did not turn the ball over. Los Angeles owned a 40-35 edge on the boards, as Toronto was outrebounded for the 15th straight game.

Brown, John Wallace and Shawn Respert each scored 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 47 percent (47-of-95) and posted the worst defensive effort in franchise history. Doug Christie and Tracy McGrady chipped in 13 points apiece.

"It's absolutely embarassing," Christie said. "We know what we have to do, but none of it was executed out on the court. We worked so hard in practice and none of it showed up out there."

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