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LA CLIPPERS (75) AT LA LAKERS (94)

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

NESBY F 24 3-11 2-2 2 2 4 4 3 3 1 9 TAYLOR F 35 3-12 9-12 4 2 6 1 4 0 3 15 WRIGHT C 18 0-2 0-0 1 5 6 2 5 0 2 0 MARTIN G 38 4-10 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 11 SMITH G 30 4-9 0-2 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 8 CLOSS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 MURRAY 24 8-15 3-3 2 3 5 0 3 1 4 21 PIATKOWSKI 12 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 ROGERS 22 1-4 6-6 1 4 5 0 3 2 2 8 OLOWOKANDI 23 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 1 RICHARDSON 10 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 23-73 25-31 11 20 31 12 30 10 18 75 (.315) (.806) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

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

HORRY F 30 3-5 6-6 1 4 5 3 3 3 3 13 KNIGHT F 15 1-1 0-0 0 5 5 0 5 0 2 2 ONEAL C 34 12-23 7-12 4 9 13 1 0 1 3 31 BRYANT G 28 4-14 1-2 2 2 4 4 3 0 3 9 HARPER G 19 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 4 FISHER 29 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 6 FOX 34 6-13 3-5 1 5 6 4 4 2 2 15 RODMAN 17 0-2 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 0 0 ROOKS 16 1-4 3-4 3 2 5 0 1 1 2 5 PATTERSON 18 3-8 3-4 4 2 6 0 1 0 3 9 REID DNP - NOT WITH TEAM RICE DNP - NOT WITH TEAM

TOTALS 240 34-79 25-35 18 35 53 17 21 9 20 94 (.430) (.714) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 21(21 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 16 18 25 16 - 75 LA LAKERS 18 17 30 29 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - MURRAY 2, MARTIN, TAYLOR, NESBY, ROGERS. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, HORRY, ROOKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 4-12 (.333), NESBY 1-3, MARTIN 1-2, SMITH 0-3, MURRAY 2-3, PIATKOWSKI 0-1. LA LAKERS 1-4 (.250), HORRY 1-1, FOX 0-3. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - MARTIN, LA LAKERS - HARPER, RODMAN 2 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH RAMBIS. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE SMITH. A - 17,505. T - 2:18.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 24 3-11 2-2 2-4 4 3 9 Taylor 35 3-12 9-12 4-6 1 4 15 Wright 18 0-2 0-0 1-6 2 5 0 Martin 38 4-10 2-2 0-0 2 0 11 Smith 30 4-9 0-2 1-1 1 3 8 Closs 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Murray 24 8-15 3-3 2-5 0 3 21 Piatkowski 12 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Rogers 22 1-4 6-6 1-5 0 3 8 Olowokandi 23 0-4 1-2 0-2 0 4 1 Richardson 10 0-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-73 25-31 11-31 12 30 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.315, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Nesby 1-3, Martin 1-2, Smith 0-3, Murray 2-3, Piatkowski 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Murray 2, Martin, Taylor, Nesby, Rogers). Turnovers: 20 (Murray 4, Taylor 3, Closs 2, Rogers 2, Wright 2, Martin, Nesby, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Smith). Steals: 10 (Martin 3, Nesby 3, Rogers 2, Murray, Smith).

LA LAKERS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Horry 30 3-5 6-6 1-5 3 3 13 Knight 15 1-1 0-0 0-5 0 5 2 Oneal 34 12-23 7-12 4-13 1 0 31 Bryant 28 4-14 1-2 2-4 4 3 9 Harper 19 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Fisher 29 2-4 2-2 0-1 3 1 6 Fox 34 6-13 3-5 1-6 4 4 15 Rodman 17 0-2 0-0 3-6 0 2 0 Rooks 16 1-4 3-4 3-5 0 1 5 Patterson 18 3-8 3-4 4-6 0 1 9 Reid DNP - not with team Rice DNP - not with team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-79 25-35 18-53 17 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Horry 1-1, Fox 0-3). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 3, Horry, Rooks). Turnovers: 21 (Bryant 3, Horry 3, Oneal 3, Patterson 3, Fox 2, Harper 2, Knight 2, Rooks 2). Steals: 9 (Horry 3, Fox 2, Fisher, Harper, Oneal, Rooks). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 16 18 25 16 - 75 La Lakers 18 17 30 29 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Martin, 7:28 3rd). La Lakers 4 (Harper, 7:28 3rd; Rodman 2 (ejected), 7:28 3rd, 2:46 3rd; Head Coach Rambis, 0:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:18. Officials: Jim Clark, Joe Crawford, Mike Smith.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- At least when the expansion Miami Heat lost their first 17 games, they had the opportunity to end their skid against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers posted their ninth consecutive victory, 94-75 over the hapless Clippers, who matched the NBA record for early-season futility.

"We're just putting together good solid wins and we need to continue to do that," said O'Neal. "The guys have been doing an unbelievable job and everyone is playing together."

The victory helped coach Kurt Rambis and power forward Dennis Rodman improve to 8-0 in their tenure in Los Angeles and gave the Lakers four wins over the Clippers this season. The Lakers have won the last nine games in the crosstown series.

"There's been a lot of distractions with this ballclub during the past two to three weeks," Rambis said. "If you go back and start counting up everything that's happened -- coaching changes, the trade rumors, acquisitions, front office stuff. There's just been a lot of stuff going on that could help distract the players, take away from a lot of the things we need to do on the court. But those are just excuses. We get paid to go out there and perform."

The Lakers continued their organizational shakeup by acquiring All-Star forward Glen Rice, forward J.R. Reid and guard B.J. Armstrong from the Charlotte Hornets today for All-Star guard Eddie Jones and forward Elden Campbell. The club waived Armstrong and forward Corie Blount prior to tonight's game. Rice and Reid will join the club for Friday's game against Golden State.

Lamond Murray scored 21 points for the Clippers, who are winless since a season-ending 83-77 victory over Sacramento last April.

"Right now, nobody knows what it's like to get a victory," said Murray.

The Clippers will play their third game in as many nights Thursday against the Sacramento Kings and must win to avoid sole possession of the worst start in NBA history. The 1988-89 Heat lost 17 straight games before posting the first win in franchise history over the Clippers.

"I'm not worried about history," said Clippers coach Chris Ford said. "You guys (in the media) can record your history. We have to play our games as they come along and just worry about our next opponent and don't worry about the streak, just go out and play basketball. We have enough to worry about trying to go out and getting the job done."

After collecting a season-high 20 rebounds in Tuesday's win over the Clippers, Rodman was ejected with 7:28 left in the third quarter with six rebounds and no points in 17 minutes.

Ironically, it was after Rodman's ejection that Los Angeles took control.

After Murray dunked to pull the Clippers within 67-61 with 9:32 left, the Lakers went on an 8-0 run capped by a pair of pretty baskets by Robert Horry.

Horry, who scored 13 points, was on the receiving end of a perfect no-look behind-the-back pass from Kobe Bryant which he slammed home. Rick Fox, who scored 15 points off the bench, found Horry on the ensuing trip with a high, lofting a pass from halfcourt that the veteran forward dropped in to give the Lakers a commanding 75-61 lead with 6:53 left.

"I felt funny at the beginning because I haven't been playing a while," said Horry. "I felt a little rusty but I just kept playing hard. I just had to knock off the rust."

The Lakers have outscored the Clippers by 53 points in sweeping a pair of home-and-home series this season.

The Lakers dominated play on the interior, outrebounding the Clippers, 53-31, for a 62-28 advantage in points in the paint.

Rodman, who picked up his first technical late in the first half, was sitting on the sidelines when he voiced his displeasure at a call made by referee Joey Crawford midway through the third period.

Crawford quickly signaled for a second technical on Rodman, who removed his jersey and fired it into the stands on his way off the court, drawing a standing ovation from the Laker faithful.

"The technicals Rodman got were totally uncalled for," added Horry. "I've heard people like Karl Malone say foul language to the refs and not get a tech. And Dennis did not say anything except, `What did I do?', and sometimes your reputation proceeds you and I think that's what happened tonight."

Darrick Martin hit the ensuing technical free throw before Murray canned a 25-footer to give the Clippers a 49-45 lead with 7:04 left in the third quarter. Murray drained another from long range to extend the lead to 52-47 with 6:22 remaining.

The Lakers climbed back into it as Horry hit from beyond the arc and O'Neal followed with a four-foot hook shot to pull his club even at 52-52 with 4:49 remaining.

Maurice Taylor scored 15 points and Martin added 11 for the Clippers, who shot 32 percent (23-of-73) and committed 20 turnovers.

"It's frustrating because we only played three quarters," said Taylor. "The fourth (quarter) we just gave it away. Everybody in the this locker room is frustrated right now."

The Lakers shot 43 percent (34-of-79) and held a 25-10 advantage in fastbreak points.

Travis Knight's lone basket of the night, a layup with 3:42 remaining in the third period, gave the Lakers the lead for good at 56-54.

Rookie center and first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Michael Olowokandi, was activated from the injured list by the Clippers earlier today. He managed just one point on 0-of-4 shooting in 23 minutes after being out since February 27 with a left ankle sprain.

"Nobody wants to be in the record books," said Martin. "It's very frustrating. But we're gonna come out like wounded dogs tomorrow."

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