Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Monday, November 18th
Clippers99Final
Warriors89
Game 2: Saturday, December 28th
Warriors99Final
Clippers92
Game 3: Wednesday, February 26th
Warriors108Final
Clippers94
Game 4: Monday, April 14th
Clippers122Final
Warriors113

Warriors 99

(11-18, 3-10 away)

Clippers 92

(12-18, 7-10 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, December 28, 2002

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 27 23 30 1999
    LAC 16 25 31 2092

    Top Performers

    Golden State: G. Arenas 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast

    Los Angeles: A. Miller 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jamison's 28 helps Warriors end four-game skid

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors were fortunate that Lamar Odom was playing his first game in almost a year for the Los Angeles Clippers, or things might have ended differently.

    Antawn Jamison
    Jamison

    The Warriors blew a 17-point first-half lead -- and then squandered all but one point of a 19-point advantage in the second half. But Golden State held on and beat the Clippers 99-92 on Saturday night and snapped a four-game road losing streak.

    But no one could blame Los Angeles' loss on Odom, who had 21 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes in his first game since Jan. 18, 2002.

    "The guy's just phenomenal. To me, he didn't really miss a beat whatsoever,'' said Antawn Jamison, who was matched up against Odom at both ends of the court and scored 28 points before fouling out with 1:09 left. "He was creating shots and getting into the teeth of the defense. That's where he hurt us.

    "It's hard to get a read on exactly what he's going to do. When it got to the third and fourth quarter, I could really see his eyes starting to light up and he really started to feel comfortable out there.''

    Odom missed 53 games last season, including an eight-game suspension for his second violation of the NBA's drug policy in an eight-month span. He then sprained his right wrist and right ankle two months apart, and reinjured the ankle during an offseason workout in late July.

    The Clippers were 31-40 during Odom's absence and used 15 different starting lineups.

    "When you're out for two weeks, three weeks, a month, you still feel like you're a part of the team,'' said Odom, who received a warm ovation from the crowd of 18,499 when the starters were introduced. "But being out for 11 months, there's definitely been times when I've said, 'Man, I'm tired of watching.' When we're at our best is when I can help this team.''

    Odom missed his first four and was called for a questionable foul after what appeared to be a clean block of Jamison's short jumper midway through the first quarter.

    Odom connected on his fifth shot, a 3-pointer from 27 feet out at the top of the key, reducing Golden State's lead to 31-23 with 9:50 left in the second quarter.

    "I was able to play 37 minutes -- 30 really strong and probably seven minutes where I really had to suck it up,'' he said. "But I'm a fighter, so I'm going to persevere. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed. I'd rather go 0-for-18 and we came out of here with a win. That's what it's all about. The heck with how I looked.''

    Gilbert Arenas had 23 points and seven assists, Jason Richardson had 20 points and Troy Murphy added 11 points and 14 points for the Warriors.

    Andre Miller scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and Corey Maggette added 18 off the bench for the Clippers.

    After frittering away a 24-7 lead, the Warriors built a 68-49 cushion with an 18-8 run at the start of the third quarter. Richardson helped fuel the rally with six points, and Erick Dampier's two free throws capped it with 5:45 left in the period.

    But the Clippers narrowed the gap to 80-72 by the end of the third with nine points by Miller, then got as close as 82-80 with eight straight points after Odom returned to the court.

    Odom's dunk capped the run with 7:47 to play, after Michael Olowokandi grabbed a rebound and fired it the length of the court. The Clippers had a chance to tie with 1:09 left, but Maggette missed the first of two free throws after Jamison fouled out.

    Arenas added two free throws at the other end, and Richardson made a layup after Maggette's 3-point try from the left corner was partially blocked by Adonal Foyle, whose two free throws clinched it with 34 seconds to go.

    "They really started getting it going, and we were on our heels throughout the whole fourth quarter,'' Jamison said. "Instead of being aggressive and going to the basket like we were doing, we just played hard when we needed to.''

    Game notes


    The Clippers are 0-6 at home against Pacific Division rivals. ... Warriors G Earl Boykins -- the NBA's shortest player at 5-foot-5 -- beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer from 29 feet for a 50-41 lead. ... Golden State F Chris Mills finished serving the three-game suspension he received for his role in the Warriors' Dec. 20 postgame brawl with Portland. ... Warriors coach Eric Musselman worked in the Clippers' ticket department in the late 1980s before getting promoted to assistant director of scouting.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    LAC
    Points 99 92
    FGM-FGA 36-86 (.419) 29-75 (.387)
    3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 31-41 (.756)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-49 11-37
    Assists 16 18
    Turnovers 14 11
    Steals 3 5
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 3 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (3/0) 27 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Los Angeles
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1