Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/2

Game 1: Sunday, February 2nd
Clippers86Final
Raptors100
Game 2: Sunday, March 16th
Raptors110Final
Clippers111

Raptors 110

(20-44, 8-25 away)

Clippers 111

(21-45, 12-21 home)

    6:00 PM ET, March 16, 2003

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 35 27 24 24110
    LAC 30 32 26 23111

    Top Performers

    Toronto: V. Carter 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Los Angeles: L. Odom 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Even Raptors praise Odom after Clippers' win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) --Lamar Odom did his best Vince Carter impersonation for the Los Angeles Clippers' home crowd.

    Odom made a 17-foot jumper with 2.3 seconds left, and the Clippers sent Carter and the Toronto Raptors to their fifth straight loss Sunday night, 111-110.

    "If I'm their team, I want the ball in his hands,'' Toronto's Antonio Davis said of Odom. "I think he's very capable. He had been hot all game, so you've got to give him the basketball. And he came out and made a big play.''

    Odom scored 26 points and Eric Piatkowski added 15 off the bench, including a couple of clutch 3-pointers down the stretch, as the Clippers improved to 2-6 since Dennis Johnson replaced Alvin Gentry as coach on March 3.

    Carter scored 28 points to lead the Raptors, while Antonio Davis had 22 and Morris Peterson 20.

    The Clippers were trailing by four and coming out of a timeout when Piatkowski made a 3-pointer to cut Toronto's lead to 110-109 with 1:14 left. Carter missed a short jumper in traffic but made up for it at the other end when he stood his ground against Odom -- who tried to drive around Carter at the left baseline and fell out of bounds with the ball.

    Alvin Williams couldn't capitalize on the turnover, however, missing a running jumper from the baseline. The Clippers' Cherokee Parks grabbed the rebound, and Los Angeles called a 20-second timeout.

    Odom missed everything on a short running jumper down the lane, but the ball went out of bounds off a Toronto player, giving the Clippers one more chance. This time, Odom didn't miss.

    "My team has stuck with me through all I've been through, so there was no sense to give up on me now because I stepped out of bounds and didn't make a play near the end of the game,'' Odom said. "It shows the confidence my team has for me. I don't know what feels better -- to hit the game-winning shot, or just to win a close game at home.''

    The Raptors got a good look after the ensuing inbounds pass from Jerome Williams to Carter, but the All-Star guard missed a 20-foot jumper over Odom at the buzzer. It would have been his second winning buzzer-beater at Staples Center in three years.

    "We tried to set a screen across the lane for Antonio Davis. I thought he was open, but we had five seconds to get the ball in,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We kept Vince up top to get the ball as a release man. I thought he got a good look at it.''

    Piatkowski's buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the right sideline sent the Clippers into the fourth quarter with an 88-86 lead.

    Piatkowski tied the score at 92 with a rare four-point play after Voshon Lenard fouled him on a shot from behind the arc. The Clippers went ahead 95-92 on three free throws by Piatkowski after Wilkens got a technical foul for arguing a foul called against Davis.

    Peterson is the only player to appear in all 64 games for Toronto during an injury-ravaged season that was preceded by two consecutive playoff berths. The Raptors lead the league in players' games lost with 405 and have yet to dress 12 players for a game.

    "It's been a very difficult year. I've just never experienced a season with that this many injuries -- and I've been in the league a long time,'' Wilkens said. "To lose that many guys, and key people, it just makes for a very hard year.''

    The loss was Wilkens' 1,100th in the NBA. Six more defeats will tie the league record, held by Bill Fitch.

    "It doesn't bother me at all. I don't think much about it.,'' Wilkens said. "I mean, if people want to dwell on negatives, let 'em go ahead. I've accomplished a lot: I've won a gold medal, I've won championships, so that don't detract from that.

    "Hey, I can't make people healthy. If we didn't have the injuries, we would have been close. Injuries are a part of the game, and it's unfortunate that we had as many as we had. But it doesn't take away from knowing the game.''

    Game notes


    Wilkens and Fitch both won NBA titles as coaches -- Wilkens with Seattle and Fitch with Boston. ... Piatkowski's four-point play was the first by a Clipper since March 29, 1998, when Darrick Martin did it against Dallas at the L.A. Sports Arena. ... Despite their fifth victory in 23 games, the Clippers are destined to finish last in the Pacific Division for the seventh time in 10 seasons.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    LAC
    Points 110 111
    FGM-FGA 41-75 (.547) 41-81 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 8-16 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 23-26 (.885) 21-28 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-33 13-40
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 16 17
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 26 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Los Angeles
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 28
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1