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NBA   FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      HOUSTON          25   20   20   17   9     91   
      LA CLIPPERS      17   23   28   14   4     86      FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 32, JIMMY JACKSON 16, 
                      MAURICE TAYLOR 14
                LAC - BOBBY SIMMONS 20, ELTON BRAND 19, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 9, YAO MING 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                LAC - ELTON BRAND 10, CHRIS WILCOX 7, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 5, TYRONN LUE 4, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                LAC - MARKO JARIC 6, ELTON BRAND 4, BOBBY 
                      SIMMONS 4

         ATT:   18,255

Box Score

HOUSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 45 6-13 3-3 1-7 2 3 16 M Taylor 35 6-12 2-3 3-9 2 2 14 Y Ming 30 3-9 4-6 4-8 0 6 10 T McGrady 45 8-23 14-15 0-7 5 4 32 C Ward 23 1-6 2-2 1-3 2 2 5 D Mutombo 17 0-0 0-0 1-6 0 2 0 T Lue 30 3-6 1-2 0-3 4 3 8 J Howard 21 3-5 0-0 2-3 0 2 6 B Nachbar 14 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 S Padgett 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 R Bowen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 30-77 26-31 12-47 18 25 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (J Jackson 1-6, T McGrady 2-6, C Ward 1-5, T Lue 1-2, B Nachbar 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (D Mutombo, Y Ming). Turnovers:17 (Y Ming 6, M Taylor 4, T McGrady 4, J Jackson 2, D Mutombo). Steals: 3 (T Lue 2, J Howard). LA CLIPPERS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 41 6-9 7-7 0-2 4 6 20 E Brand 45 8-18 3-3 3-10 4 5 19 C Wilcox 23 4-11 3-5 1-7 2 6 11 C Maggette 44 5-13 2-4 0-4 2 3 13 M Jaric 43 2-10 0-0 0-4 6 0 4 M Moore 27 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 S Livingston 31 6-13 1-2 0-4 1 4 13 Z Rebraca 11 1-1 2-2 1-2 0 2 4 R Brunson DNP - COACH'S DECISION M N'diaye DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Chalmers DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q Ross DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-80 18-23 5-35 21 27 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (B Simmons 1-1, C Maggette 1-3, M Jaric 0-4). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:5 (E Brand 3, M Moore, S Livingston). Turnovers:13 (C Maggette 3, M Moore 2, B Simmons 2, C Wilcox 2, S Livingston 2, E Brand, Z Rebraca). Steals: 11 (M Jaric 5, B Simmons 2, S Livingston 2, C Maggette, C Wilcox). ----------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 25 20 20 17 9 - 91 LA CLIPPERS 17 23 28 14 4 - 86 ----------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:09 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,255. T: 2:38. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Phil Robinson, Rodney Mott.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (91) AT LA CLIPPERS (86) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 45 6-13 3-3 1 6 7 2 3 0 2 16 M TAYLOR F 35 6-12 2-3 3 6 9 2 2 0 4 14 Y MING C 30 3-9 4-6 4 4 8 0 6 0 6 10 T MCGRADY G 45 8-23 14-15 0 7 7 5 4 0 4 32 C WARD G 23 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 5 D MUTOMBO 17 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 0 1 0 T LUE 30 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 4 3 2 0 8 J HOWARD 21 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 6 B NACHBAR 14 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 S PADGETT 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 R BOWEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 30-77 26-31 12 35 47 18 25 3 17 91 (.390) (.839) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19 (15 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 41 6-9 7-7 0 2 2 4 6 2 2 20 E BRAND F 45 8-18 3-3 3 7 10 4 5 0 1 19 C WILCOX C 23 4-11 3-5 1 6 7 2 6 1 2 11 C MAGGETTE G 44 5-13 2-4 0 4 4 2 3 1 3 13 M JARIC G 43 2-10 0-0 0 4 4 6 0 5 0 4 M MOORE 27 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 S LIVINGSTON 31 6-13 1-2 0 4 4 1 4 2 2 13 Z REBRACA 11 1-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 4 R BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION M N'DIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION L CHALMERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q ROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 33-80 18-23 5 30 35 21 27 11 13 86 (.413) (.783) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15 (11 PTS) HOUSTON 25 20 20 17 9 - 91 LA CLIPPERS 17 23 28 14 4 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - D MUTOMBO, Y MING. LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 3, M MOORE, S LIVINGSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-21 (.238), J JACKSON 1-6, T MCGRADY 2- 6, C WARD 1-5, T LUE 1-2, B NACHBAR 0-2. LA CLIPPERS 2-8 (.250), B SIMMONS 1- 1, C MAGGETTE 1-3, M JARIC 0-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, PHIL ROBINSON, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,255. T - 2:38.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady scored five of his 32 points in overtime, lifting the Houston Rockets to a 91-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. McGrady sank two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, 82-82, then hit consecutive baskets in the opening two minutes of overtime to give the Rockets an 86-82 edge. "That's my role," McGrady said. "When I see the team is struggling, it's my job to take over the game and make things happen. Knocking down my shots or getting to the free throw line is what I do." McGrady was 14-of-15 from the free throw line, including 13 straight in regulation, helping the Rockets to their seventh straight win over the Clippers. "Guys in this league who are very aggressive and put the ball on the floor and try to get to the free throw line are going to be rewarded," McGrady said. "Tonight, I got the calls because I was more aggressive than I've been in the past." Despite being held scoreless for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Clippers took an 81-78 lead with 67 seconds left on a basket by Chris Wilcox. After Houston's Jimmy Jackson made a bank shot, Wilcox went 1-of-2 from the line with eight seconds left, giving the Clippers an 82-80 lead. "We got a fortunate break with them missing a free throw," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "But Tracy stuck both of his free throws and we took advantage in overtime." Jackson scored 16 points and Maurice Taylor added 14 for the Rockets, who won for just the second time in their last six games. "The way we want to attack the defense is on the dribble," Jackson said. "We might as well because all the other teams we've seen are trying to drive to the basket and take advantage of the new rule regarding keeping your hands off the dribbler." Bobby Simmons scored 20 points to lead a balanced attack for the Clippers. Elton Brand added 19 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Simmons started the season in place of the injured Kerry Kittles and has taken advantage of his opportunity, shooting 55 percent from the floor, while averaging 5.3 rebounds and 16.8 points per game. "I also played with Washington and the minutes weren't there for me," Simmons said. "I had to wait my turn. I was playing behind Michael Jordan and Jerry Stackhouse. I learned a lot from Michael. He's a great teacher and he has helped me a lot." Jackson was happy with the win but thought the Rockets should not have extended the game to overtime. "Honestly, I don't think it should have gone into overtime," Jackson said. "We had the opportunity to close it out in regulation. And if you give teams life, they can beat you." Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy was pleased with the overall play of his team. "They did a lot of great things out there," Dunleavy said. "We just ended up on the wrong side of the scorecard. A couple of plays down the stretch hurt the outcome of the game. But overall they did the right things." Clippers rookie reserve Shaun Livingston scored a season-high 13 points in 31 minutes. "We need to get these wins," Livingston said. "Especially while we're at home. So when we go out on the road, it'll be a lot easier for us."


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