Saturday , Jan , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – January 17

=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – January 17 ===

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Miami Heat, 87-85,
on Friday at the Staples Center.

Elton Brand tallied 22 points and 12 boards for the Clippers, who have dropped
three of their last five. Corey Maggette scored 21 points in the losing
effort.

With just 45.8 seconds left, Eddie Jones drilled a wide-open three-pointer
from the left corner to extend Miami’s advantage to 87-83.

Maggette then made a layup with 31 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to two
points for the Clippers.

But they were the last points of the game as Miami’s Lamar Odom slipped and
turned the ball over on the next possession, which could have extended the
Heat lead.

However, the Clippers failed to capitalize as Maggette dribbled the ball down
the court and was unable to get a final shot off, despite having eight seconds
on the clock.

The basketball rivals in Los Angeles hook up tonight, as the injury-plagued
Lakers act as the host tonight against the Clippers at the Staples Center.

Earlier this season, the Clippers, who were the host, defeated the Lakers,
101-98, on January 4, 2004. With the win, the Clippers snapped a five-game
series losing streak.

LAC