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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 24 24 24 26 98 PHOENIX 19 22 15 32 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 24, LAMAR ODOM 23, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 21 PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 25, TONY DELK 20, JASON KIDD 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 10, ERIC PIATKOWSKI 8 PHO - JASON KIDD 9, CLIFF ROBINSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 7, LAMAR ODOM 6 PHO - JASON KIDD 8, ELLIOT PERRY 3

ATT: 16,689


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (98) AT PHOENIX (88)

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

ODOM F 40 7-13 6-6 2 4 6 6 4 1 7 23 SKINNER F 11 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 OLOWOKANDI C 28 4-8 1-2 3 7 10 0 0 0 3 9 MCINNIS G 41 8-13 6-6 1 4 5 7 3 2 4 24 RICHARDSON G 33 6-12 5-6 4 2 6 3 2 3 2 21 MILES 16 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 ROOKS 17 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 2 PIATKOWSKI 20 3-6 0-2 2 6 8 1 2 1 1 7 STRONG 9 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 DOOLING 20 1-3 4-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 6 MAGGETTE 5 0-1 2-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 2 2 PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-67 26-30 16 32 48 20 23 8 23 98 (.463) (.867) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 23(22 PTS)

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

MARION F 21 0-7 0-0 3 1 4 1 4 2 1 0 ROBINSON F 27 5-14 2-3 1 6 7 2 1 1 2 12 DUDLEY C 21 1-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 2 DELK G 32 7-17 4-4 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 20 KIDD G 38 5-16 3-4 6 3 9 8 1 1 3 13 PERRY 24 1-6 2-2 1 1 2 3 2 3 2 4 ROGERS 29 9-19 5-8 4 1 5 1 3 3 2 25 BLOUNT 13 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 1 0 2 SANTIAGO 15 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 2 MCPHERSON 20 3-8 2-2 6 0 6 0 4 0 3 8 ELIE DNP - BROKEN LEFT HAND GUGLIOTTA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-92 18-23 25 21 46 17 26 14 15 88 (.359) (.783) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 24 24 24 26 - 98 PHOENIX 19 22 15 32 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM, DOOLING, MILES. PHOENIX - SANTIAGO 3, MARION 2, DELK, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 10-14 (.714), ODOM 3-5, MCINNIS 2-2, RICHARDSON 4-4, PIATKOWSKI 1-2, DOOLING 0-1. PHOENIX 4-19 (.211), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 0-4, DELK 2-4, KIDD 0-5, ROGERS 2-4, MCPHERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, GEORGE TOLIVER, NOLAN FINE. A - 16,689. T - 2:11.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 40 7-13 6-6 2-6 6 4 23 Skinner 11 0-4 0-0 0-3 0 4 0 Olowokandi 28 4-8 1-2 3-10 0 0 9 Mcinnis 41 8-13 6-6 1-5 7 3 24 Richardson 33 6-12 5-6 4-6 3 2 21 Miles 16 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 Rooks 17 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Piatkowski 20 3-6 0-2 2-8 1 2 7 Strong 9 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Dooling 20 1-3 4-4 0-1 1 0 6 Maggette 5 0-1 2-2 2-4 0 2 2 Parks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 26-30 16-48 20 23 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 10-14, .714 (Odom 3-5, Mcinnis 2-2, Richardson 4-4, Piatkowski 1-2, Dooling 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Odom, Dooling, Miles). Turnovers: 23 (Odom 7, Mcinnis 4, Olowokandi 3, Dooling 2, Maggette 2, Richardson 2, Miles, Piatkowski, Rooks). Steals: 8 (Richardson 3, Mcinnis 2, Miles, Odom, Piatkowski).

PHOENIX (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 21 0-7 0-0 3-4 1 4 0 Robinson 27 5-14 2-3 1-7 2 1 12 Dudley 21 1-1 0-0 2-5 0 2 2 Delk 32 7-17 4-4 0-2 1 2 20 Kidd 38 5-16 3-4 6-9 8 1 13 Perry 24 1-6 2-2 1-2 3 2 4 Rogers 29 9-19 5-8 4-5 1 3 25 Blount 13 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 4 2 Santiago 15 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 3 2 Mcpherson 20 3-8 2-2 6-6 0 4 8 Elie DNP - broken left hand Gugliotta DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-92 18-23 25-46 17 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 0-4, Delk 2-4, Kidd 0-5, Rogers 2-4, Mcpherson 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Santiago 3, Marion 2, Delk, Dudley). Turnovers: 15 (Kidd 3, Mcpherson 3, Perry 2, Robinson 2, Rogers 2, Dudley, Marion, Santiago). Steals: 14 (Perry 3, Rogers 3, Delk 2, Marion 2, Blount, Kidd, Robinson, Santiago). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 24 24 24 26 - 98 Phoenix 19 22 15 32 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,689. T: 2:11. Officials: Bob Delaney, George Toliver, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Clippers may be young but they are learning from their mistakes.

The inexperienced but energetic Clippers led for nearly the entire game and kept their poise down the stretch of a 98-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Jeff McInnis scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, when Los Angeles turned back a pair of surges by Phoenix. The Clippers beat the Suns for the first time since March 18, 1997, ending a 12-game losing streak in the series.

The most recent loss was a 95-89 home setback on November 25, when the Clippers erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit, only to come unglued in overtime. This time, Los Angeles displayed very little of the erratic play associated with young teams.

"That game we didn't have anyone hitting," McInnis said. "I had a terrible night and it was in our gym. No one shot well. But tonight we locked it down in the third quarter. We made it tough for them to score and we kept on hitting shots."

"We knew they'd make a run," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "But we said, `It just doesn't matter. We just have to keep our composure. As a young team, you have to learn from your mistakes and your losses."

Lamar Odom scored 23 points and rookie Quentin Richardson added a season-high 21 for the Clippers, who limited the Suns to less than 36 percent (33-of-92) from the field.

Los Angeles came into the game 28th in the NBA in both 3-point and free-throw shooting. But it made 10-of-14 from the arc and 26-of-30 from the line. Richardson made 4-of-4 3-pointers and McInnis and Odom each sank 6-of-6 foul shots.

The Clippers are just 8-17 but are very close to being extremely competitive. They have played four overtime games, losing them all.

"That was the biggest difference," Suns forward Rodney Rogers said. "For their last five or six games that they had which were close, they fell apart at the end and lost. Tonight they put it together and they got one here."

Rogers matched a season high with 25 points for the Suns, who had won five of their last six games but lost at home for the first time since November 17 against New York. However, his coach did not agree with his assessment.

"We didn't show up to play and got one handed to us," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "We aren't very good. When we do play like we have something to prove, we are really good. But when we don't play like that, the truth comes out. I don't know how many of these it is going to take."

The Suns trailed 72-56 entering the fourth quarter but closed to 75-67 with 8:51 remaining on a follow dunk by rookie Paul McPherson, a teammate of Richardson's at DePaul last season.

McInnis responded with three consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer that rebuilt the lead to 82-67 with 6:26 left.

"In the second half, I felt they kind of relaxed and forgot about me," McInnis said. "I was able to use my height over Elliot Perry a couple of times."

Cliff Robinson scored and was fouled, cutting the deficit to 88-80 with 2:09 left. But he missed the enssuing free throw, Odom made two at the other end and Phoenix never got closer than eight again.

Michael Olowokandi collected nine points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 46 percent (31-of-67) and overcame 23 turnovers.

Tony Delk scored 20 points and Jason Kidd added 13, nine boards and eight assists for the Suns, who made just 4-of-19 shots from the arc.

"A team like that, you give them life, they're going to stick arround, they're going to get confident," Delk said. "That's what they did."

Phoenix forward Shawn Marion, who came in averaging 17.2 points per game, missed all seven of his shots and did not score.

The Suns made their first three shots to take a 6-3 lead, then missed their next 11 as the Clippers scored 14 straight points. Odom scored eight and a hook by Olowokandi made it 17-6 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.

"We were just absolutely walking in mud from the beginning of the game," Skiles said.

Phoenix pulled within two points in the final minute of the period but McInnis threw in a 35-foot banker at the horn that gave Los Angeles a 24-19 lead and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Richardson scored nine points to widen the advantage to 48-41 at halftime. Odom had six in a 10-0 third-quarter burst that gave the Clippers their largest lead at 66-47 with 3:56 left.

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