Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/29

Game 1: Wednesday, January 29th
Game 2: Saturday, March 8th

Clippers 103

(20-42, 9-21 away)

Bulls 97

(22-42, 19-12 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, March 8, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 28 31 22 22103
    CHI 30 17 23 2797

    Top Performers

    LAC: C. Maggette 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chi: J. Rose 30 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl

    Clippers win first game with DJ as coach

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Dennis Johnson is no longer winless as an NBA coach.

    The Los Angeles Clippers ended an eight-game skid -- their longest losing streak of the season -- and gave Johnson his first victory as their head coach with a 103-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

    "I actually thought I had it the other day when I took over a game from Alvin (Gentry),'' Johnson said. "But that one went to him. This is the first one.''

    Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Quentin Richardson added 21.

    Jalen Rose scored 30 points and Eddy Curry added 26 for Chicago, which has lost four of five.

    Bulls head coach Bill Cartwright has been upset with Chicago's defense all season, and after the game he let his frustrations show.

    "It had nothing to do with our offense. Our offense is fine,'' Cartwright said. "It has been fine all year. Turn around and guard somebody. Turn around and put your body on somebody. Play some defense. Dive on a loose ball. Take a charge. Block a shot. We are averaging 93 points a game. It is plenty.''

    Chicago could only get within four points in the second half, once when Jay Williams hit a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left, making it 97-93, and again when Donyell Marshall had layup with 16.4 seconds left.

    Rookie Chris Wilcox added 12 points and six rebounds for Los Angeles.

    The Clippers pulled away in the second quarter by going on a 14-2 run. Richardson hit a 3 to cut Chicago's lead to 40-39, and Wilcox ended the run with a basket that gave the Clippers a 51-42 lead with 3:23 left in the second quarter.

    Los Angeles led 59-47 at the half. Richardson came off the bench and scored 14 first-half points -- all in the second quarter.

    Game notes

    Maggette and Melvin Ely of the Clippers are from the Chicago suburbs and Richardson is from Chicago ... Despite both teams struggling, the game drew a capacity crowd of 22,303. ... The Clippers won on the road for the first time since Feb. 11. ... The Clippers are 1-3 with Johnson as their head coach.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 97
    FGM-FGA 40-86 (.465) 38-78 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 19-21 (.905) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-35 12-40
    Assists 28 29
    Turnovers 10 15
    Steals 9 4
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 4 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 30
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0