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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 22 28 29 22 101 HOUSTON 14 22 21 27 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 19, ERIC PIATKOWSKI 15, JEFF MCINNIS 14 HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 16, CUTTINO MOBLEY 13, WALT WILLIAMS 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - CHEROKEE PARKS 8, LAMAR ODOM 7 HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 6, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 6, STEVE FRANCIS 3

ATT: 11,124


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (101) AT HOUSTON (84)

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

ODOM F 40 8-15 0-0 0 7 7 10 3 1 3 19 SKINNER F 11 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 OLOWOKANDI C 24 4-9 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 8 MCINNIS G 30 6-10 1-1 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 14 PIATKOWSKI G 27 6-10 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 15 ROOKS 24 1-3 1-2 2 4 6 3 1 2 0 3 RICHARDSON 10 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 PARKS 22 4-8 0-0 3 5 8 0 4 0 1 8 DOOLING 18 4-9 2-4 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 10 MAGGETTE 19 5-8 0-1 1 0 1 2 3 2 1 11 MILES 15 4-5 1-1 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 9 STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-85 7-11 12 29 41 23 20 8 6 101 (.518) (.636) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(7 PTS)

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

ANDERSON F 12 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 TAYLOR F 26 7-13 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 0 2 16 OLAJUWON C 25 0-5 2-4 2 4 6 1 1 0 0 2 MOBLEY G 40 4-10 5-6 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 13 NORRIS G 28 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 6 2 0 1 4 THOMAS 21 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 6 WILLIAMS 26 3-7 6-9 0 4 4 1 1 1 0 13 ROGERS 20 4-4 0-1 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 8 FRANCIS 20 4-9 4-6 0 3 3 3 2 2 1 12 BULLARD 12 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 LANGHI 6 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 COLLIER 4 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 32-68 19-28 8 30 38 13 15 4 11 84 (.471) (.679) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 22 28 29 22 - 101 HOUSTON 14 22 21 27 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM 2, OLOWOKANDI 2, ROOKS. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 2, MOBLEY, LANGHI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 6-11 (.545), ODOM 3-5, MCINNIS 1-2, PIATKOWSKI 1-2, DOOLING 0-1, MAGGETTE 1-1. HOUSTON 1-12 (.083), ANDERSON 0-3, MOBLEY 0-1, NORRIS 0-1, THOMAS 0-1, WILLIAMS 1-3, FRANCIS 0-2, BULLARD 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 11,124. T - 2:02.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 40 8-15 0-0 0-7 10 3 19 Skinner 11 1-4 0-0 1-5 0 0 2 Olowokandi 24 4-9 0-0 2-6 0 2 8 Mcinnis 30 6-10 1-1 0-0 3 2 14 Piatkowski 27 6-10 2-2 0-2 3 1 15 Rooks 24 1-3 1-2 2-6 3 1 3 Richardson 10 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Parks 22 4-8 0-0 3-8 0 4 8 Dooling 18 4-9 2-4 0-1 1 2 10 Maggette 19 5-8 0-1 1-1 2 3 11 Miles 15 4-5 1-1 1-3 1 2 9 Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-85 7-11 12-41 23 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Odom 3-5, Mcinnis 1-2, Piatkowski 1-2, Dooling 0-1, Maggette 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Odom 2, Olowokandi 2, Rooks). Turnovers: 7 (Odom 3, Dooling, Maggette, Parks). Steals: 8 (Maggette 2, Rooks 2, Mcinnis, Miles, Odom, Richardson).

HOUSTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 12 0-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Taylor 26 7-13 2-2 2-6 0 4 16 Olajuwon 25 0-5 2-4 2-6 1 1 2 Mobley 40 4-10 5-6 1-5 0 1 13 Norris 28 2-5 0-0 0-1 6 2 4 Thomas 21 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 6 Williams 26 3-7 6-9 0-4 1 1 13 Rogers 20 4-4 0-1 1-5 0 2 8 Francis 20 4-9 4-6 0-3 3 2 12 Bullard 12 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Langhi 6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Collier 4 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-68 19-28 8-38 13 15 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Anderson 0-3, Mobley 0-1, Norris 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Williams 1-3, Francis 0-2, Bullard 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Olajuwon 2, Mobley, Langhi). Turnovers: 11 (Mobley 2, Taylor 2, Thomas 2, Anderson, Francis, Langhi, Norris, Rogers). Steals: 4 (Francis 2, Thomas, Williams). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 22 28 29 22 - 101 Houston 14 22 21 27 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:57 2nd, 5:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,124. T: 2:02. Officials: Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Steve Francis and Lamar Odom had to share last season's Rookie of the Year Award. But this game belonged to Odom.

Odom had 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 101-84 rout of the Houston Rockets.

Francis did not start the game due to undisclosed personal reasons but began the second half and collected 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

The Clippers shot 52 percent (44-of-85) from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and committed a season-low six turnovers.

"The big thing is is that we made shots," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not like we havent been playing hard or trying, but in the NBA you've got to make shots and score points and that's what we did."

Eric Piatkowski scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Corey Maggette added 11 points while going 5-of-8 from the floor for Los Angeles, which ended its longest slide of the season and a seven-game losing streak at the Compaq Center.

"When you're losing, everybody is irritated and tempers are short," Gentry said. "We need anything to give us a positive reason that we're a good team."

"It's a burden off our shoulders," Odom said. "Everyday people tell us how long the losing streak is. Hopefully this is the start of something big."

Los Angeles' Jeff McInnis scored 14 points before leaving with an ankle injury with 3:10 left in the third quarter.

Despite the return of Francis in the second half, the Rockets did not play well in third quarter, shooting just 38 percent (6-of-16) from the floor and 25 percent (1-of-4) from 3-point range.

"Somewhere along the line we lost it and I don't know where the (heck) it went," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "The last two minutes we had a couple of aggressive plays but the rest of the game was not there."

Los Angeles broke it open in the third quarter after building a 50-36 halftime lead. The Clippers shot 58 percent (11-of-19) and made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in the period, outscoring Houston 27-13.

"We knew in the second half the key was to come out and keep scoring and not let them think they could get back in," Piatkowski said. "It was important for us to break their backs in the first five minutes of the second half."

Houston had its last lead, 6-5, early in the first quarter before the Clippers made a 17-6 run -- led by nine points from McInnis -- to take its first double digit lead, 22-12, with 58 seconds left. Carlos Rogers sank an 18-footer at the buzzer to pull Los Angeles within eight after one quarter.

The Rockets were outscored 11-2 on the break.

"We were horrible on the break," Tomjanovich said. "I don't even remember us scoring on it."

Former Clipper Maurice Taylor had 16 points and six rebounds and Cuttino Mobley scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting for Houston, which had not lost to Los Angeles twice in the same season since 1991-92.

The crowd of 11,124 booed the Rockets periodically in the second half.

"If I were a fan I would've done the same thing," Francis said. "We got whooped by a young, inexperienced NBA team."

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