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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          34   29   22   23    108  
     LA CLIPPERS      18   21   26   25    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - JAMES POSEY 23, EDDIE GRIFFIN 16, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 15
                LAC - LAMAR ODOM 30, COREY MAGGETTE 14, ANDRE 
                      MILLER 11

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - KELVIN CATO 12, EDDIE GRIFFIN 5, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 4
                LAC - LAMAR ODOM 10, WANG ZHI-ZHI 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 8, CUTTINO MOBLEY 4, 
                      STEVE FRANCIS 3
                LAC - ANDRE MILLER 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   19,060

Box Score

HOUSTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 39 8-9 2-3 0-1 1 2 23 E Griffin 24 6-10 2-2 0-5 2 3 16 Y Ming 20 3-6 2-2 0-3 1 2 8 S Francis 25 2-8 4-4 1-4 3 2 8 C Mobley 36 6-13 1-1 0-3 4 2 15 K Cato 27 0-4 0-0 3-12 1 4 0 M Norris 25 3-7 1-2 1-2 8 0 7 M Taylor 24 6-9 2-3 0-2 2 2 14 G Rice 15 6-7 0-0 2-3 1 1 15 B Nachbar 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 J Hawkins 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 T Morris 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-74 14-17 7-37 24 19 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.554, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 12-20, .600 (J Posey 5-6, E Griffin 2-4, S Francis 0-1, C Mobley 2-6, G Rice 3-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (K Cato 2, E Griffin). Turnovers:17 (K Cato 3, S Francis 3, J Posey 3, M Taylor 2, Y Ming 2, C Mobley 2, G Rice, J Hawkins). Steals: 6 (S Francis 2, K Cato, J Posey, E Griffin, Y Ming). LA CLIPPERS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Odom 41 13-18 2-2 4-10 2 4 30 C Parks 30 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 2 6 S Rooks 22 5-10 0-0 1-2 2 2 10 A Miller 36 4-10 3-4 1-2 5 3 11 C Maggette 30 3-11 6-6 0-2 1 3 14 W Zhi-Zhi 26 3-10 3-5 3-6 0 1 9 T Fowlkes 7 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 E Piatkowski 16 3-6 1-1 1-3 0 1 8 M Ely 11 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 M Jaric 21 1-7 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Q Richardson DNP - LEG INJURY C Wilcox DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 15-18 12-32 13 18 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (L Odom 2-3, A Miller 0-1, C Maggette 2-5, W Zhi-Zhi 0-1, E Piatkowski 1-1, M Jaric 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:1 (C Parks). Turnovers:16 (A Miller 4, C Maggette 3, L Odom 3, E Piatkowski 2, S Rooks 2, C Parks, T Fowlkes). Steals: 6 (C Maggette 2, L Odom 2, C Parks, A Miller). -------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 34 29 22 23 - 108 LA CLIPPERS 18 21 26 25 - 90 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (S Francis, 6:23 3rd). La Clippers - 2 (A Miller, 6:23 3rd; Defensive Three, 9:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,060. T: 2:03. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (108) AT LA CLIPPERS (90) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 39 8-9 2-3 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 23 E GRIFFIN F 24 6-10 2-2 0 5 5 2 3 1 0 16 Y MING C 20 3-6 2-2 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 8 S FRANCIS G 25 2-8 4-4 1 3 4 3 2 2 3 8 C MOBLEY G 36 6-13 1-1 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 15 K CATO 27 0-4 0-0 3 9 12 1 4 1 3 0 M NORRIS 25 3-7 1-2 1 1 2 8 0 0 0 7 M TAYLOR 24 6-9 2-3 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 14 G RICE 15 6-7 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 15 B NACHBAR 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 J HAWKINS 2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 T MORRIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 41-74 14-17 7 30 37 24 19 6 17 108 (.554) (.824) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (15 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L ODOM F 41 13-18 2-2 4 6 10 2 4 2 3 30 C PARKS F 30 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 6 S ROOKS C 22 5-10 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 10 A MILLER G 36 4-10 3-4 1 1 2 5 3 1 4 11 C MAGGETTE G 30 3-11 6-6 0 2 2 1 3 2 3 14 W ZHI-ZHI 26 3-10 3-5 3 3 6 0 1 0 0 9 T FOWLKES 7 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 E PIATKOWSKI 16 3-6 1-1 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 8 M ELY 11 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 M JARIC 21 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 Q RICHARDSON DNP - LEG INJURY C WILCOX DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-79 15-18 12 20 32 13 18 6 16 90 (.443) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16 (22 PTS) HOUSTON 34 29 22 23 - 108 LA CLIPPERS 18 21 26 25 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - K CATO 2, E GRIFFIN. LA CLIPPERS - C PARKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 12-20 (.600), J POSEY 5-6, E GRIFFIN 2- 4, S FRANCIS 0-1, C MOBLEY 2-6, G RICE 3-3. LA CLIPPERS 5-12 (.417), L ODOM 2-3, A MILLER 0-1, C MAGGETTE 2-5, W ZHI-ZHI 0-1, E PIATKOWSKI 1- 1, M JARIC 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - S FRANCIS. LA CLIPPERS - A MILLER, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, DICK BAVETTA, LUIS GRILLO. A - 19,060. T - 2:03.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- With their playoff fate hanging in the balance, the Houston Rockets are turning to James Posey. Posey recorded a season high for the second time in as many weeks, scoring 23 points to lead the Rockets to a 108-90 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. With Phoenix losing to Seattle, the Rockets moved a game ahead of the Suns in the race for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Houston is 1 1/2 games behind the seventh-place Los Angeles Lakers. "You don't want to think too far into the future," Houston rookie Yao Ming said through an interpreter. "You just want to concentrate on the next game. I know you love to think about the playoffs. To me, the playoffs are very important." Posey also had 23 points on March 14, helping the Rockets to a 121-91 rout of Chicago. "Everybody kept telling me to keep shooting," Posey said. "I felt really good. They were able to find me in certain situations and I was able to come through." The Rockets took control of this game early, opening with a 9-0 run in the first 2:23. Houston's lead was 34-18 by the end of the first quarter behind 12 points from Posey, who made his first seven shots and went 5-of-6 from 3-point range. "During the first quarter, they shot extremely well," Clippers coach Dennis Johnson said. "Simply put, they hit their shots and we didn't." Eddie Griffin scored 16 points and Glen Rice had 15 in 15 minutes off the bench for the Rockets, who got only eight from Steve Francis on 2-of-8 shooting. "We moved the ball and tonight it feels good when everyone's shot is going down," Posey said. Already eliminated from playoff contention, Los Angeles trailed by as many as 28 points and lost for the 14th time in 17 games. "Hopefully, we can just set a goal for ourselves to try and win some games and get better," Clippers guard Corey Maggette said. "I just want to finish out strong and help this team win." Lamar Odom had a season-high 30 points to lead Los Angeles, which got no closer than 101-86 in the second half. Odom shot 13-of-18 from the field and had 10 rebounds. "I'd rather go 1-for-30 or 1-for-40 and we win," Odom said. "We keep saying this, but it's another one we've got to put behind us." The Clippers could not mount a comeback because the Rockets never lost their shooting stroke. After connecting at 58 percent (25-of-43) in the first half, Houston shot 52 percent (16-of-31) after intermission to stem the tide as Los Angeles shot 48 percent (22-of-46). "There are two halves in a game," said Rockets interim coach Larry Smith. "Teams have come back from large deficits, so we just remembered to stay focused and keep the tempo up. We were able to make plays for all four quarters." With Yao as a drawing card, the Clippers attracted their seventh sellout crowd of the season. But the 7-5 phenom played just 20 minutes and collected eight points and three rebounds. Fellow Chinese center Wang Zhizhi scored nine points and had six rebounds off the bench for Los Angeles. "I think I got enough rest tonight," Yao said. "And that will help me to prepare for the next two games." The Rockets host the Lakers on Wednesday and travel to San Antonio on Thursday. Maggette scored 14 points and Andrew Miller added 11 for Los Angeles. With Rice's outburst and 14 points from Maurice Taylor, the Rockets' bench outscored the Clippers' reserves, 38-19.


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