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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 17 17 22 21 77 LA CLIPPERS 24 22 19 13 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - BIMBO COLES 16, ISAIAH RIDER 16, JIMMY JACKSON 14 LAC - DEREK ANDERSON 21, TYRONE NESBY 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 LAC - LAMAR ODOM 12, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 10

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 7, BIMBO COLES 5 LAC - LAMAR ODOM 7, DEREK ANDERSON 4

ATT: 14,375


Extended Box

ATLANTA (77) AT LA CLIPPERS (78)

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

HENDERSON F 41 4-15 1-1 3 5 8 1 2 1 0 9 JACKSON F 33 6-20 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 1 2 14 MUTOMBO C 40 2-8 0-0 6 11 17 2 3 1 1 4 COLES G 37 7-13 2-2 0 3 3 5 3 0 6 16 RIDER G 39 7-14 0-0 2 6 8 7 1 0 4 16 ELLIS 24 5-9 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 2 2 10 WRIGHT 8 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 CRAWFORD 7 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 TERRY 11 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-84 5-5 15 37 52 19 14 5 17 77 (.405) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

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

NESBY F 36 6-13 1-1 2 5 7 3 3 4 1 14 TAYLOR F 41 5-16 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 10 OLOWOKANDI C 39 3-11 0-0 4 6 10 0 2 0 5 6 ANDERSON G 44 7-16 7-9 1 2 3 4 2 1 3 21 ODOM G 38 4-16 1-3 2 10 12 7 2 3 3 10 PIATKOWSKI 16 3-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 8 HUDSON 10 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 AVENT 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 CLOSS 7 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 4 CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCINNIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-85 9-13 13 31 44 18 15 11 13 78 (.376) (.692) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

ATLANTA 17 17 22 21 - 77 LA CLIPPERS 24 22 19 13 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 8, HENDERSON. LA CLIPPERS - CLOSS 3, OLOWOKANDI 3, ODOM, TAYLOR, AVENT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-8 (.500), JACKSON 2-5, RIDER 2-3. LA CLIPPERS 5-7 (.714), NESBY 1-1, ODOM 1-2, PIATKOWSKI 2-2, HUDSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD. A - 14,375. T - 2:11.


Box Score

ATLANTA (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 41 4-15 1-1 3-8 1 2 9 Jackson 33 6-20 0-0 1-5 2 1 14 Mutombo 40 2-8 0-0 6-17 2 3 4 Coles 37 7-13 2-2 0-3 5 3 16 Rider 39 7-14 0-0 2-8 7 1 16 Ellis 24 5-9 0-0 1-5 1 3 10 Wright 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Crawford 7 2-3 0-0 2-3 0 0 4 Terry 11 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 1 4 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 5-5 15-52 19 14 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Jackson 2-5, Rider 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 9 (Mutombo 8, Henderson). Turnovers: 18 (Coles 6, Rider 4, Ellis 2, Jackson 2, Mutombo, Terry, Wright). Steals: 5 (Ellis 2, Henderson, Jackson, Mutombo).

LA CLIPPERS (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 36 6-13 1-1 2-7 3 3 14 Taylor 41 5-16 0-0 1-4 2 1 10 Olowokandi 39 3-11 0-0 4-10 0 2 6 Anderson 44 7-16 7-9 1-3 4 2 21 Odom 38 4-16 1-3 2-12 7 2 10 Piatkowski 16 3-5 0-0 1-5 0 2 8 Hudson 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 5 Avent 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Closs 7 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 0 4 Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Mcinnis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-85 9-13 13-44 18 15 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (Nesby 1-1, Odom 1-2, Piatkowski 2-2, Hudson 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Closs 3, Olowokandi 3, Odom, Taylor, Avent). Turnovers: 14 (Olowokandi 5, Anderson 3, Odom 3, Nesby, Taylor). Steals: 11 (Nesby 4, Odom 3, Anderson, Avent, Closs, Taylor). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 17 17 22 21 - 77 La Clippers 24 22 19 13 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,375. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Luis Grillo, Leon Wood.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Nothing comes easy for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles blew a 16-point second-half lead but snapped a 13-game losing streak -- the longest in the NBA this season -- with a wild 78-77 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Derek Anderson scored 21 points and Lamar Odom added 10, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Clippers won for just the second time in their last 25 outings. Interim coach Jim Todd, who was 0-11 at the helm, claimed his first NBA victory.

"It's funny, but after four or five losses friends give you advise on what to do, but the novelty of them always calling wore off," Todd said. "Tonight we clawed and fought for a victory. I just hope that we can carry this tenacity throughout the rest of the season."

Tyrone Nesby contributed 14 points and Maurice Taylor added 10 for Los Angeles, which also stopped a 10-game losing streak to Atlanta, beating the Hawks for the first time since March 25, 1994. The Clippers had not registered a home win against the Hawks since April 2, 1993.

"It was wonderful," Nesby said. "It felt good. You play hard every day and night and we finally put it together."

Isaiah Rider and Bimbo Coles scored 16 points, Jim Jackson 14 and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 17 rebounds for Atlanta, which fell to 2-3 on its six-game road trip. The Hawks slipped to 11th place in the Eastern Conference, 4 1/2 games out of a playoff berth.

"We get up for teams like Sacramento and Seattle, and we've got to get up for this team," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We've got to come out and control the situation. I just feel we didn't have the energy or intensity we needed. You always know a team on a long losing streak is going to be dangerous."

The Clippers owned a double-digit lead for most of the second and third quarters. They went up by 16 points on Nesby's driving dunk with 5:47 remaining but were outscored, 13-6, over the rest of the period.

Atlanta began the final quarter with a 15-7 run, closing within 72-71 on a 3-pointer by Rider with 2:42 left. Anderson made two free throws but LaPhonso Ellis's hook cut the deficit to one point again.

Odom's 3-pointer pushed Los Angeles' advantage back to four points with 1:43 remaining. However, Rider made a driving off-balance reverse layup and hit a long shot with his foot on the 3-point arc to tie the game at 77-77 with 1:07 left.

"I think the Clippers are talented and anytime they decide to play hard and play the right way they're going to give teams a fight," Rider said.

After Motombo blocked Anderson and Coles lost the ball on a drive, Odom broke the deadlock by converting 1-of-2 free throws with 1:07 to go.

"This has got to be the biggest win of the whole season," said Odom, who has the flu. "I didn't have my energy before the game. I didn't think I was going to play but I'm glad I did. This win felt good."

Nesby knocked the ball out of Riders' hands on the next possession, 7-3 reserve center Keith Closs blocked Ellis' shot out of bounds and knocked away an inbounds pass before Coles could not hold onto the ball on another inbounds pass with 1.2 seconds left.

"(Closs) had four deflections in the last couple of seconds," Todd said. "He is just an imposing figure, especially deep in the corner. His size and wingspan made it so that they couldn't get a shot off."

After the buzzer sounded, Clippers players jumped into each others' arms and Todd celebrated with his jubilant assistant coaches, Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former NBA standout Dennis Johnson.

"It was a little chaotic (at the end)," said Todd. "Our players did everything we as a staff wanted them to do. They executed the game plan well and played as close to mistake-free basketball tonight."

Michael Olowokandi grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who shot under 38 percent (32-of-85) from the field but outscored Atlanta in the paint, 38-28.

Ellis finished with 10 points and Alan Henderson collected nine and eight rebounds for the Hawks, who shot 40.5 percent (34-of-84) and owned a 52-44 rebounding edge.

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