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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 19 24 24 12 79 TORONTO 29 15 17 11 72 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - LAMAR ODOM 16, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 TOR - VINCE CARTER 31, ANTONIO DAVIS 10, ALVIN WILLIAMS 9

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - ELTON BRAND 15, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 11 TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 4, ANTONIO DAVIS 3

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (79) AT TORONTO (72)

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

BRAND F 37 5-7 2-6 5 10 15 2 3 1 2 12 ODOM F 41 5-14 5-5 0 8 8 3 3 0 2 16 OLOWOKANDI C 41 7-14 2-2 3 8 11 0 3 0 5 16 MCINNIS G 25 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 PIATKOWSKI G 27 4-8 0-1 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 9 MILES 20 3-5 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 7 MAGGETTE 13 2-4 1-1 0 3 3 0 4 1 2 5 BOYKINS 24 3-10 6-6 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 12 RICHARDSON 12 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION RECASNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-73 17-23 8 36 44 15 16 6 14 79 (.411) (.739) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(12 PTS)

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

A DAVIS F 46 5-13 0-0 6 11 17 3 1 1 0 10 J WILLIAMS F 31 2-6 3-3 1 4 5 0 0 1 2 7 OLAJUWON C 25 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 0 5 1 2 8 CARTER G 40 14-30 0-0 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 31 A WILLIAMS G 45 3-13 2-2 1 5 6 4 2 0 5 9 MONTROSS 11 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 CLARK 9 1-7 0-0 3 1 4 0 0 1 0 2 CHILDS 19 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 2 MURRAY 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 CURRY 12 0-3 3-3 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 BRADLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-87 10-10 16 28 44 13 15 5 14 72 (.333) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 19 24 24 12 - 79 TORONTO 29 15 17 11 - 72

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - OLOWOKANDI 3, BRAND. TORONTO - A DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 2-13 (.154), ODOM 1-5, MCINNIS 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 1-3, MAGGETTE 0-1, BOYKINS 0-1, RICHARDSON 0-2. TORONTO 4-15 (.267), CARTER 3-6, A WILLIAMS 1-4, CHILDS 0-3, MURRAY 0-1, CURRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - MILES, TORONTO - CARTER, DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, JIM CAPERS, TED BERNHARDT. A - 19,800. T - 2:16.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 37 5-7 2-6 5-15 2 3 12 Odom 41 5-14 5-5 0-8 3 3 16 Olowokandi 41 7-14 2-2 3-11 0 3 16 Mcinnis 25 0-6 0-0 0-0 4 0 0 Piatkowski 27 4-8 0-1 0-3 2 1 9 Miles 20 3-5 1-2 0-3 0 1 7 Maggette 13 2-4 1-1 0-3 0 4 5 Boykins 24 3-10 6-6 0-1 3 0 12 Richardson 12 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Recasner DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 17-23 8-44 15 16 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Odom 1-5, Mcinnis 0-1, Piatkowski 1-3, Maggette 0-1, Boykins 0-1, Richardson 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Olowokandi 3, Brand). Turnovers: 17 (Olowokandi 5, Brand 2, Maggette 2, Miles 2, Odom 2, Piatkowski). Steals: 6 (Boykins 2, Brand, Maggette, Mcinnis, Piatkowski).

TORONTO (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Davis 46 5-13 0-0 6-17 3 1 10 J Williams 31 2-6 3-3 1-5 0 0 7 Olajuwon 25 3-8 2-2 0-2 0 5 8 Carter 40 14-30 0-0 3-6 2 4 31 A Williams 45 3-13 2-2 1-6 4 2 9 Montross 11 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Clark 9 1-7 0-0 3-4 0 0 2 Childs 19 1-5 0-0 1-1 2 3 2 Murray 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Curry 12 0-3 3-3 0-0 2 0 3 Bradley DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-87 10-10 16-44 13 15 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Carter 3-6, A Williams 1-4, Childs 0-3, Murray 0-1, Curry 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (A Davis). Turnovers: 15 (A Williams 5, J Williams 2, Murray 2, Olajuwon 2, Carter, Curry, Montross). Steals: 5 (A Davis, Clark, Curry, J Williams, Olajuwon). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 19 24 24 12 - 79 Toronto 29 15 17 11 - 72 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Miles, 1:23 2nd). Toronto 2 (Carter, 7:44 2nd; Defensive Three, 2:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:16. Officials: Gary Benson, Jim Capers, Ted Bernhardt.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Clippers had to travel north of the border to end their losing streak.

Lamar Odom and Michael Olowokandi scored 16 points apiece as the Clippers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 79-72, to snap a four-game slide and record their first win on a season-high six-game road trip.

Olowokandi grabbed 11 rebounds and Elton Brand also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 boards as the Clippers rebounded from Thursday's heartbreaking 92-91 overtime loss at Charlotte.

"We needed this game," Odom said. "Today, we wanted to focus and come back strong. We wanted to focus on defense and play our best."

"This is a very key victory," Brand added. "At times, it seems like we're slipping. It's good to bounce back and win this game."

Down one point at halftime, the Clippers took control in the third quarter and carried a 67-61 lead into the final period, when the teams combined for just 23 points.

Los Angeles, which outscored the Raptors, 12-11, in the fourth quarter, opened a 75-63 lead on Quentin Richarson's jumper with 5:23 remaining.

Chris Childs' jumper capped a 6-0 spurt that pulled Toronto within 77-72 with 1:17 left. But the Raptors came up empty on their final four possessions and Earl Boykins hit two free throws with 23 seconds remaining for the final margin.

"This is a good win for us, especially after the disaster in Charlotte," Los Angeles coach Alvin Gentry said. "A win against this Toronto team shows a lot of character. We are pleased to have a win on the road against a team that will go to the playoffs."

Vince Carter scored 31 points for the Raptors but did not get much help. Antonio Davis was the only other Toronto player in double figures with 10. Davis also grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds.

"I don't know what it is right know," Carter said. "We didn't put up points and we didn't defend. They were scoring inside and out. We couldn't really execute at our end."

After holding a 44-43 lead at intermission, the Raptors managed just 28 points in the second half.

"We're not shooting the ball well," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We've become tentative, we've passed up shots. When we're wide-open, we don't take them. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We just have to go out and play. We just have to find a way to win, and you can't win shooting 33 percent."

The Clippers improved to just 3-12 on the road by matching their best defensive effort of the season. They routed Indiana, 103-72, at home on December 2.

"You have to make Vince shoot the ball over you and force the other guys to shoot from outside," Odom said. "We got out of here with a victory. Right now, we're playing well. It's much easier when you do that."

The 72 points were a season low for the Raptors, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.

Toronto had opened a 29-19 lead after the first period, but the Clippers tied it by scoring the first 10 points of the second quarter. The Raptors missed their first 10 shots in the period.

"I think they're pressing, trying to play too well," Wilkens said. "They're trying to play perfect basketball, and I don't think that anybody can."

Alvin Williams' 3-pointer gave Toronto its last lead, 51-50, with 9:17 left in the third. Eric Piatkowski's 3-pointer and back-to-back jumpers by Olowokandi put the Clippers ahead, 57-51, with 6:32 remaining in the period.

Two free throws by Odom made it 67-57 with 91 seconds left in the quarter before Carter hit a pair of baskets to bring the Raptors within six. Carter attempted 30 shots, making 14, but he did not get to the foul line.

The Clippers shot 41 percent (30-of-73) from the field while holding the Raptors to 33 percent (29-of-87).

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