Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Monday, November 24th
Game 2: Friday, December 19th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 9th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th

Clippers 85

(10-12, 2-7 away)

Rockets 99


    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, December 19, 2003

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 22 19 26 1885
    HOU 28 23 31 1799

    Top Performers

    LAC: Q. Richardson 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hou: Y. Ming 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Blk

    Yao records 12th double-double

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Mike Dunleavy rates Yao Ming among the best post players in the world, not just the NBA.

    "He's definitely one of the best. He's in the top five in the world, no matter what league," the Los Angeles Clippers coach said after Yao recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 99-85 victory Friday night.

    "He's 7-6 and he does it all. He rebounds, shoots the jumper and follows his shots. He was very aggressive tonight," the Clippers' Elton Brand said.

    The Rockets never trailed after the first basket as they snapped the Clippers' four-game winning streak.

    "When we play like that and move the ball around, we can use our advantages and play as a team," Yao said. "We just moved the ball to the open man and we got some easy baskets."

    Houston shot 49.4 percent from the field, with Yao connecting on nine of 13.

    Cuttino Mobley added 22 points for Houston, followed by Steve Francis with 16, Jim Jackson with 12 and Maurice Taylor with 13 off of the bench.

    Quentin Richardson led the Clippers with 20 points, while Corey Maggette had 16 and Elton Brand added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    Houston scored eight straight to take a 17-6 lead. A 3-point shot by Francis gave them a 22-10 advantage with 3:12 left in the first quarter before the Clippers cut their deficit to 28-22 going into the second period.

    Maggette scored the first 12 points of the second period for the Clippers as they pulled to 38-34 with 6:33 remaining in the half.

    The Rockets led by as many as 14 twice in the third period before outscoring the Clippers 14-6 in the final 3:07 of the quarter to move ahead 82-67. Los Angeles never got closer than 14 in the final period.

    Game notes

    Houston is 14-3 when scoring 80 points or more and 1-7 when scoring less than 80 points. ... Mobley hit two 3-point shots to move into second place all-time for the Rockets with 558. ... After shooting over 50 percent from the field in two of their last three games, the Clippers dropped to 36.4 percent. ... The Clippers' winning streak was their longest since November 1995.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 99
    FGM-FGA 32-88 (.364) 39-79 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 16-23 (.696) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-43 10-48
    Assists 18 21
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 11 10
    Blocks 2 9
    Fast Break Points 4 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Quentin Richardson Richardson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Yao Ming Ming
    Points: 21
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5