Odom continues rebirth, scoring season-high 25


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers knew what they had
to do to beat the Detroit Pistons: stop Jerry Stackhouse down the
stretch and hit a few clutch shots.

Lamar Odom scored a season-high 25 points and Quentin Richardson
hit a dramatic 3-pointer with 30.7 seconds remaining as the
Clippers erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the
Pistons 82-77 Sunday.

Clippers coach Alvin Gentry, 73-72 as coach of the Pistons,
improved to 3-0 against his former team since getting fired 58
games into the 1999-2000 season.

"We fought on every play, and that's why it's a gratifying
win," forward Elton Brand said. "Coach brought us together late
in the fourth quarter, called us a whole bunch of names and said,
`Look, we're not losing this game.' And we didn't."

Stackhouse scored 26 points for the Eastern Conference-leading
Pistons, but missed a few key shots down the stretch as Detroit
lost to the Clippers for the third straight time after eight
consecutive victories.

Los Angeles outscored Detroit 26-11 in the fourth -- the fewest
points they have allowed in any quarter this season.

"We didn't shoot the ball well," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle
said. "That's the kind of game they try to seduce you into
playing. I thought we controlled the tempo in the first and third
quarters, but the second and fourth quarters were more their

Stackhouse was the only Detroit player to score in the final
9:17, and he made only three baskets -- a 3-pointer, a dunk off a
fast break, and a 17-footer.

"We could have had a little bit more poise than we did," said
Stackhouse, who shot 1-for-7 from 3-point range. "We wanted to
take open-rhythm shots, and they give you open shots at times,
almost inviting you to shoot. In that spurt in the second half, it
got to the tempo that fit them. They played hard and with a lot of

Trailing 70-57 after Ben Wallace's layup with 9:17 left, the
Clippers closed within 73-67 with a 10-3 spurt. Darius Miles and
Odom made 3-pointers, and Miles slammed home Earl Boykins'
alley-oop feed with 6:34 to play.

Brand cut it to 75-71 with 4:13 left, blocking an attempted
jumper in the lane by Clifford Robinson and converting Odom's pass
at the other end for a dunk.

Stackhouse missed a 3-pointer and a driving layup attempt on
Detroit's next two possessions, and the Clippers tied it at 75 with
two free throws each by Brand and Odom.

"We stayed with it and never quit," Richardson said. "We just
had to play a little harder on defense, try to get some stops and
then execute our plays."

Stackhouse and Jeff McInnis traded jumpers before Stackhouse
missed one from the lane in heavy traffic. Richardson's 3-pointer
from the top of the key gave the Clippers their first lead since
the second quarter.

"I knew it was going as soon as I let it go," Richardson said.
"I just followed it all the way in and then I went crazy."

After a Detroit timeout, Robinson fumbled the ensuing inbounds
pass out of bounds and McInnis sealed it with a pair of free

The Clippers committed 13 of their 21 turnovers in the first
half, but trailed only 43-42 at halftime after Detroit shot 39
percent from the field. The Pistons, who entered with a
league-leading .474 field goal percentage, finished at 37 percent.

McInnis beat the first-quarter buzzer with a running jumper from
the right baseline, and Odom made 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left
in the second to finish the half with 15 points.

Miles made perhaps the best defensive play of the contest,
blocking an attempted layup by Stackhouse as the two-time All-Star
tried to float one over the 6-foot-9 forward with 3:38 left in the

Game notes
Detroit's game at Sacramento on Tuesday will be the first
meeting between the teams since the Sept. 7 trade that sent Mateen
Cleaves to the Kings in exchange for Jon Barry. ... After eight
consecutive games at Staples Center, including a "road" loss to
the Lakers, the Clippers play at Phoenix on Tuesday night looking
to end an 0-6 start on the road. The worst in franchise history was
0-16 in 1983-84, when the team was based in San Diego. ... The
Clippers have won 13 of their last 15 home games against Eastern
Conference teams.