ROCKETS ARE TOO MUCH FOR CLIPPERS\Houston 115, Clippers 104.Byline: Scott Wolf Scott Richard Wolf (born June 4, 1968) is an American actor.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Steven Wolf and Susan Enowitch, Wolf was raised in West Orange, New Jersey. He graduated in 1986 from West Orange High School. Daily News Staff Writer
The four-game winning streak Noun 1. winning streak - a streak of wins
streak, run - an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies" that served to boost the Clippers' morale, if not their place in the standings, failed its midterm Saturday night.
It was not expansion Vancouver, beleaguered be·lea·guer
tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege. Phoenix or struggling Minnesota that tested the Clippers' best stretch since the second week of the season. It was the two-time defending world champion Houston Rockets.
The Clippers earned the old "A" for effort, but the Rockets were not about to award anything more, escaping with a 115-104 victory before 13,485 at the Sports Arena.
After an unimpressive first half, the Clippers actually played better in the second half than at times during their victory streak, but could never overtake the Rockets. About the best that could be gleaned from the outcome was the dreaded moral victory.
"I don't like those. I'm moralistically bankrupt," Clippers center Brian Williams This article is about the American journalist. For other uses, see Brian Williams (disambiguation).
Brian Douglas Williams (born May 5, 1959) is an anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the flagship evening news program of the NBC television network. said.
The Clippers (15-21) also missed a chance to move out of the Pacific Division cellar and ahead of the Suns.
The main obstacle was a battle-tested Houston team that never blinked, even after nearly blowing a 22-point lead. Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). had his 29 points and 17 rebounds, but they came on an off night as he converted only 8 of 24 shots.
The real damage came from Clippers nemesis Clyde Drexler Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. A ten-time All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he was named one of basketball's fifty greatest players by the NBA. .
A game against the Clippers was all Drexler needed to return to form for the first time since missing eight games with a bruised thigh. Drexler made 5 of 6 of his 3-pointers and scored a game-high 32 points. He had made just 12 of 45 field goals entering the contest, but he is usually at his best against the Clippers and this was no exception.
Drexler scored 27 against the Clippers when the teams met in Houston in November and averaged 32 points against them last season.
Drexler's biggest 3-pointer came with two minutes left and gave Houston a 99-93 advantage.
By contrast, Clippers point guard Pooh Richardson Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (born May 14 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player.
The 6'1" point guard was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the tenth overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft out of UCLA. , who has been one of the team's hottest players, had a horrendous first half, making 1 of 10 field goals.
"If I had made three more of those shots in the first half, we probably would have won the game," Richardson said. "We had this game."
Richardson and the rest of the Clippers starters nearly erased their 22-point deficit with an inspired second half. All five starters played the entire third quarter, cutting the Rockets' lead to 79-72.
The first substitution did not come until Richardson suffered a slightly strained right calf early in the fourth quarter. The first string continued to earn its minutes, cutting the Rockets lead to one-point (92-91) on Brian Williams' hook shot.
It hardly fazed faze
tr.v. fazed, faz·ing, faz·es
To disrupt the composure of; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
[Middle English fesen, to drive away, frighten the Rockets, however, who never panicked and simply rebuilt the lead by forcing the ball in to Olajuwon.
The Rockets (25-11), who had played just .500 ball the past 10 games and lost to the Lakers on Friday, were just happy to leave with a victory, especially with forward Robert Horry Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. Currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs, Horry is is known for his ability to make clutch shots in big games. out with tendinitis in his right knee.
Clippers guard Malik Sealy Malik Sealy (February 1, 1970 – May 20, 2000) was an American professional basketball player from 1992 until his death in an automobile accident. Sealy played eight seasons in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Detroit Pistons, and the Minnesota started the game despite suffering a hyperextended knee against Minnesota on Thursday and scored 27 points with eight rebounds and four blocked shots before fouling out.
Notes: Rodney Rogers injured his right ankle on a drive in the first quarter and did not return. It is the same ankle he hurt last month.