Thursday , Mar , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – March 4

=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – March 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers put up a good fight on Wednesday
against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers, but eventually dropped
a 101-94 decision at the Staples Center.

Elton Brand scored a team-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and Quentin
Richardson contributed 23 points for the Clippers, who have dropped three
straight and five straight overall to the Pacers.

The fourth quarter went back and forth with the lead changing hands on several
occasions. Marko Jaric’s layup gave the Clippers an 87-85 edge with 25.8
seconds left in regulation. An Artest jumper in the lane knotted the game with
10.9 seconds remaining in the contest.

Eddie House threw up a desperation trey as time expired, but the shot fell
well short of the rim forcing overtime.

The Pacers scored five quick points in the extra session, gaining a 92-87
advantage. The Clippers proved tough as a Jaric basket followed by a Corey
Maggette trey from the top of the key, tied the game at 92-92 with 2:11 left.

However, Reggie Miller proved he is still clutch, draining a long three-
pointer as the shot clock expired, giving Indiana a 95-92 edge with 1:49
remaining. Jermaine O’Neal’s jumper pushed the lead to 97-92. The Clippers
turned the ball over on the inbound pass, all but ending any comeback attempt.

Jamal Tinsley then sealed the contest with two free throws.

The Clippers, who have dropped two of their last seven at home, will return to
action on Saturday against Memphis.