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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA CLIPPERS      20   20   19   20    79   
      HOUSTON          31   21   19   25    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAC - COREY MAGGETTE 23, ELTON BRAND 11, CHRIS
                      WILCOX 11
                HOU - JIMMY JACKSON 21, TRACY MCGRADY 21, YAO 
                      MING 20

HIGH REBOUND:   LAC - COREY MAGGETTE 7, BOBBY SIMMONS 5, CHRIS
                      WILCOX 5
                HOU - YAO MING 11, TRACY MCGRADY 7, JUWAN 
                      HOWARD 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAC - COREY MAGGETTE 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 9, BOB SURA 5, JIMMY 
                      JACKSON 4

         ATT:   16,548

Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Brand 30 5-11 1-4 2-3 2 1 11 B Simmons 39 3-13 0-0 1-5 4 4 6 C Kaman 18 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 R Brunson 31 3-7 1-1 0-2 4 0 7 C Maggette 33 7-14 8-9 2-7 8 2 23 Z Rebraca 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 L Chalmers 17 2-4 0-0 0-1 4 0 4 M Moore 18 2-5 4-5 3-4 0 2 8 C Wilcox 20 5-10 1-5 4-5 0 1 11 Q Ross 21 2-6 1-2 0-2 0 2 5 K Penney 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 M Jaric DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 16-26 12-33 23 16 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (B Simmons 0-1, R Brunson 0-1, C Maggette 1-2, L Chalmers 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:3 (E Brand, B Simmons, C Kaman). Turnovers:15 (C Maggette 4, C Kaman 3, R Brunson 2, C Wilcox 2, K Penney 2, B Simmons, Z Rebraca). Steals: 11 (B Simmons 4, L Chalmers 2, R Brunson, Q Ross, C Wilcox, E Brand, M Moore). HOUSTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 45 7-13 2-2 0-2 4 2 21 J Howard 26 5-9 1-1 3-6 0 2 11 Y Ming 34 6-16 8-10 6-11 2 2 20 B Sura 33 0-4 0-0 1-4 5 1 0 T McGrady 42 8-17 4-4 0-7 9 3 21 J Barry 22 3-6 0-1 0-1 3 2 7 M Taylor 22 6-9 0-0 0-4 2 6 12 D Mutombo 13 2-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 R Gaines 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Padgett DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Nachbar DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 15-18 12-39 25 19 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (J Jackson 5-11, B Sura 0-2, T McGrady 1-2, J Barry 1-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (T McGrady 3, Y Ming 3). Turnovers:20 (B Sura 5, J Jackson 5, T McGrady 3, Y Ming 3, M Taylor 2, J Howard, J Barry). Steals: 7 (B Sura 5, T McGrady, R Gaines). ------------------------------------------- LA CLIPPERS 20 20 19 20 - 79 HOUSTON 31 21 19 25 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Clippers - 2 (E Brand, 2:55 1st; COACH Dunleavy, 5:24 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,548. T: 2:07. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Marc Davis, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (79) AT HOUSTON (96) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E BRAND F 30 5-11 1-4 2 1 3 2 1 1 0 11 B SIMMONS F 39 3-13 0-0 1 4 5 4 4 4 1 6 C KAMAN C 18 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 4 R BRUNSON G 31 3-7 1-1 0 2 2 4 0 1 2 7 C MAGGETTE G 33 7-14 8-9 2 5 7 8 2 0 4 23 Z REBRACA 10 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 L CHALMERS 17 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 4 M MOORE 18 2-5 4-5 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 8 C WILCOX 20 5-10 1-5 4 1 5 0 1 1 2 11 Q ROSS 21 2-6 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 5 K PENNEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 M JARIC DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT TOTALS 240 31-75 16-26 12 21 33 23 16 11 15 79 (.413) (.615) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17 (19 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 45 7-13 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 5 21 J HOWARD F 26 5-9 1-1 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 11 Y MING C 34 6-16 8-10 6 5 11 2 2 0 3 20 B SURA G 33 0-4 0-0 1 3 4 5 1 5 5 0 T MCGRADY G 42 8-17 4-4 0 7 7 9 3 1 3 21 J BARRY 22 3-6 0-1 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 7 M TAYLOR 22 6-9 0-0 0 4 4 2 6 0 2 12 D MUTOMBO 13 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 4 R GAINES 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION B NACHBAR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-76 15-18 12 27 39 25 19 7 20 96 (.487) (.833) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20 (16 PTS) LA CLIPPERS 20 20 19 20 - 79 HOUSTON 31 21 19 25 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND, B SIMMONS, C KAMAN. HOUSTON - T MCGRADY 3, Y MING 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 1-6 (.167), B SIMMONS 0-1, R BRUNSON 0- 1, C MAGGETTE 1-2, L CHALMERS 0-2. HOUSTON 7-17 (.412), J JACKSON 5- 11, B SURA 0-2, T MCGRADY 1-2, J BARRY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND, COACH DUNLEAVY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, MARC DAVIS, SEAN CORBIN. A - 16,548. T - 2:07.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming got the Los Angeles Clippers back to familiar territory. McGrady scored 21 points and Yao added 20 and 11 rebounds, while blocking three shots apiece to lift the Houston Rockets to a 96-79 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers, who fell below the .500 mark for the first time this season. After starting the season a promising 11-7, the Clippers have been beset by injuries to the likes of Kerry Kittles and Shaun Livingston and have lost six of their last seven games. "It's one of those things," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "You know what you have to do as a team, and you have to go out and do it. It's a silver lining for guys to come off the bench and to step up and help our team. Injuries are part of the game." "We are missing players, but that just means the other guys have to step up their game," Clippers forward Elton Brand said. "We have to get improved scoring from the other guys on this team." The Rockets defeated the Clippers for the eighth consecutive time by seizing a lead they never relinquished early in the first quarter when they went on a 12-0 run, led by Yao who scored 11 in the first quarter. "We dictated the rhythm all night and cut down on our turnovers," said Yao, who posted his third straight double-double. "Our defense was very good, too. We limited their scorers' ability." The Clippers rallied in the third, cutting the lead to 52-49 with 7:50 remaining on a jumper by Corey Maggette, but Jim Jackson nailed back-to-back 3-pointers en route to a season-high 21 for Houston. "I think we played at a good energy level," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I thought Yao got us off to a good start, and I thought guys did a good job finding him. Everyone did their part. Jim made a lot of threes and we defended well." McGrady said Wednesday's disappointing loss to the Bobcats had little effect on the Rockets' play against Los Angeles. "I don't think the last game had anything to do with it," McGrady said. "I think everybody kind of cleared their heads just a little bit. I think some teams probably have a tendency of coming out flat that first game after the holidays. Our intensity was high and our focus was there." Maggette scored 23 points for Los Angeles, but both he and Brand, who mustered just 11, did not play in the fourth quarter. Maggette, who wasn't bothered by sitting out the fourth quarter, said the Clippers simply ran into a better team. "This is a tough team, and they should have a better record," he said. "They are searching for their chemistry, and when they get it, they will be a tough team to beat."


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