Monday , Nov , 24 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers welcome Yao and Rockets

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets try to extend the
Clippers’ losing steak to four games tonight when they land in Los Angeles for
a Western Conference encounter at the Staples Center.

The Rockets come into tonight’s game off a loss. Houston was defeated by the
Portland Trail Blazers, 85-78, on Friday at the Rose Garden.

Yao Ming led the Rockets with 21 points, but scored just two points in the
fourth quarter. Cuttino Mobley had 17 for Houston, which had its two-game
winning streak halted.

Houston’s Steve Francis scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting against the

The Rockets, who are trying to avoid losing consecutive games for the first
time this season, are 3-3 as the visitor this season.

The Clippers lost their third in a row Saturday, falling to the Minnesota
Timberwolves, 103-91, at the Target Center.

Quentin Richardson poured in a career-high 36 points for the Clippers in the
loss to the Timberwolves.

LA played poor defense on Saturday, allowing Minnesota to hit 52 percent (43-
of-82) of its shots from the field.

The Clippers are 2-1 as the host this season.

In 2002-03, the teams split four contests as each club won once as the visitor
and once as the home team.

Overall, the home team has won seven of the last 10 games. The Rockets have
won two in a row, while the Clippers have won six of nine and eight of the
last 12 meetings between the two squads.