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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 36 15 19 24 94 VANCOUVER 27 22 23 25 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - MAURICE TAYLOR 24, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 16, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 15 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 29, FELIPE LOPEZ 16, DEJUAN WHEAT 11

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 17, MAURICE TAYLOR 12 VAN - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - SHERMAN DOUGLAS 8, RODNEY ROGERS 3 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 6, DEJUAN WHEAT 4

ATT: 15,885


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (94) AT VANCOUVER (97)

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

NESBY F 23 4-6 2-4 1 0 1 2 6 1 3 11 TAYLOR F 43 11-24 2-3 5 7 12 0 2 0 3 24 OLOWOKANDI C 43 7-16 2-6 8 9 17 1 3 3 2 16 DOUGLAS G 39 5-12 5-6 2 0 2 8 2 2 3 15 PIATKOWSKI G 19 4-5 4-4 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 13 HUDSON 16 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 MURRAY 26 3-10 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 9 ROGERS 21 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 5 2 1 2 SKINNER 10 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 MARTIN DNP - KNEE STRAIN SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION WRIGHT DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 37-81 17-26 17 23 40 17 24 10 13 94 (.457) (.654) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 36 11-20 7-9 2 4 6 1 3 2 2 29 PARKS F 18 2-3 0-0 2 4 6 2 1 0 2 4 MASSENBURG C 41 4-9 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 1 2 8 BIBBY G 24 4-9 2-3 0 3 3 6 4 1 2 10 LOPEZ G 30 6-10 4-5 2 1 3 2 2 0 3 16 CHILCUTT 17 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 2 2 1 2 3 DEHERE 18 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 HENDERSON 7 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 SMITH 25 2-4 2-4 1 3 4 2 0 1 0 6 WHEAT 24 3-6 4-4 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 11 NDIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION RHODES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-68 21-27 11 24 35 21 19 7 15 97 (.529) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 36 15 19 24 - 94 VANCOUVER 27 22 23 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - OLOWOKANDI 2, MURRAY, HUDSON, PIATKOWSKI, TAYLOR, SKINNER. VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM 6, MASSENBURG 4, SMITH 2, PARKS, DEHERE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 3-15 (.200), NESBY 1-2, DOUGLAS 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 1-2, HUDSON 0-2, MURRAY 1-6, ROGERS 0-2. VANCOUVER 4-9 (.444), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, LOPEZ 0-1, CHILCUTT 1-2, DEHERE 2-2, WHEAT 1-3. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - DOUGLAS, VANCOUVER - DEHERE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, GARY BENSON, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,885. T - 2:20.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 23 4-6 2-4 1-1 2 6 11 Taylor 43 11-24 2-3 5-12 0 2 24 Olowokandi 43 7-16 2-6 8-17 1 3 16 Douglas 39 5-12 5-6 2-2 8 2 15 Piatkowski 19 4-5 4-4 1-4 0 3 13 Hudson 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Murray 26 3-10 2-2 0-1 2 2 9 Rogers 21 1-4 0-0 0-3 3 5 2 Skinner 10 1-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 Martin DNP - knee strain Smith DNP - coach's decision Wright DNP - not with team - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 17-26 17-40 17 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Nesby 1-2, Douglas 0-1, Piatkowski 1-2, Hudson 0-2, Murray 1-6, Rogers 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Olowokandi 2, Murray, Hudson, Piatkowski, Taylor, Skinner). Turnovers: 13 (Douglas 3, Nesby 3, Taylor 3, Olowokandi 2, Murray, Rogers). Steals: 10 (Olowokandi 3, Douglas 2, Rogers 2, Hudson, Nesby, Piatkowski).

VANCOUVER (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 36 11-20 7-9 2-6 1 3 29 Parks 18 2-3 0-0 2-6 2 1 4 Massenburg 41 4-9 0-0 2-6 1 2 8 Bibby 24 4-9 2-3 0-3 6 4 10 Lopez 30 6-10 4-5 2-3 2 2 16 Chilcutt 17 1-3 0-0 1-6 2 2 3 Dehere 18 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 8 Henderson 7 0-0 2-2 1-1 1 0 2 Smith 25 2-4 2-4 1-4 2 0 6 Wheat 24 3-6 4-4 0-0 4 3 11 Ndiaye DNP - coach's decision Rhodes DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-68 21-27 11-35 21 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Lopez 0-1, Chilcutt 1-2, Dehere 2-2, Wheat 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 14 (Abdur-rahim 6, Massenburg 4, Smith 2, Parks, Dehere). Turnovers: 15 (Lopez 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby 2, Chilcutt 2, Dehere 2, Massenburg 2, Parks 2). Steals: 7 (Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby, Chilcutt, Massenburg, Smith, Wheat). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 36 15 19 24 - 94 Vancouver 27 22 23 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Douglas, 6:19 4th). Vancouver 1 (Dehere, 6:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,885. T: 2:20. Officials: Bill Spooner, Gary Benson, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Clippers now have the inside track for the first pick in the NBA draft.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points and the Vancouver Grizzlies snapped a six-game losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Clippers in a battle of the league's worst teams.

Vancouver (8-35) defeated the Clippers (7-35) for the third time in as many tries and moved one-half game in front of them for the worst record in the league. These teams meet again in three days in Los Angeles.

Rookie Felipe Lopez added 16 points for Vancouver, which won for only the second time in its last 13 games.

Maurice Taylor had 24 points and 12 rebounds and rookie Michael Olowokandi added 16 and a career-high 17 for the Clippers, who suffered their third straight loss and were denied in a bid for their third consecutive road win.

"We didn't play well. We didn't execute from the offensive end," Taylor said. "The points were really coming easy for us in the first and second quarter, but then we didn't want to play defense. It seemed like they were going to score every time. You can't win ballgames like that."

"We jumped on them early and they came back and fought very hard to get into the game," Olowokandi said. "They were definitely the better team tonight."

Leading by just two points after three quarters, the Grizzlies opened the final period on a 10-4 spurt to take an 82-74 lead with 8:45 remaining after former Clipper Terry Dehere drained a 3-pointer.

A 3-pointer by Pete Chilcutt -- his only basket -- gave the Grizzlies their biggest lead of the contest at 90-81 with just over six minutes to play.

But showing the savvy of an improved team, the Clippers would not die. Taylor, who went 11-of-24 from the floor, scored six points in an 11-2 surge that pulled Los Angeles even, 92-92, with 1:44 remaining.

After each team came up empty on its ensuing possession, rookie Mike Bibby sank 1-of-2 free throws to give the Grizzlies the lead for good at 93-92 with 58 seconds left.

Lamond Murray missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Clippers the lead and Abdur-Rahim followed with a dunk, putting the Grizzlies up by three with 37 seconds to go.

Murray hit a pair of free throws that brought the Clippers within 95-94 with 28 seconds left. But Michael Smith answered with 1-of-2 foul shots, extending the lead to two with 24 seconds to play.

Los Angeles continued to go to Murray, who shot 3-of-10, and he missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Lopez made 1-of-2 foul shots to give Vancouver a 97-94 lead with seven seconds to play.

Rookie Troy Hudson missed a desperation 3-pointer at the end of regulation that would have sent the game to overtime.

Abdur-Rahim connected on 11-of-20 shots for the Grizzlies, who shot an impressive 53 percent (36-of-68) from the floor.

"I'm very happy to get a win even though it's getting down to the end of the season," said Abdur-Rahim, who also had a career-high six blocks. "With the situation we are in, we need all the wins we can get."

The Clippers started the game looking like an NBA title contender rather than a team contending for the first pick. They hit 11-of-12 shots to start the game and finished at 81 percent (17-of-21) from the floor in the first quarter, opening a 36-27 advantage. Sherman Douglas had all eight of his assists in the period.

By halftime, the Clippers were shooting 55 percent (23-of-42) but their lead was down to 51-49. For the game, they finished at 46 percent (37-of-81) from the floor.

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