Monday , Mar , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers land in Houston

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets hope to halt a four-game losing streak
when they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers tonight to the Toyota Center.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The
teams split a pair of games at the Staples Center, while the Rockets defeated
the Clippers, 106-102, on February 22nd at the Toyota Center.

The Rockets have won two straight and 11 of the last 12 contests in this
series. The Clippers have dropped six straight at Houston.

Houston plays the finale of a four-game homestand. On Saturday, Tony Parker
ended with 23 points and eight assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a
92-77 win over the Rockets at the Toyota Center.

Yao Ming paced the Rockets with 20 points and 10 boards, while Juwan Howard
totaled 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss to San Antonio for the
Rockets, who have dropped six of their last 10 overall. Rookie Luther Head
finished with 12 points, five assists and three steals in defeat.

The Rockets are just 13-21 at home this season. They have lost five of their
last eight at the Toyota Center.

The Clippers are No. 5 in the Western Conference playoff race and own a two-
game lead over the sixth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. On Friday, Elton Brand
posted 24 points and 10 rebounds, as the Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers,
99-89, at the Staples Center.

Cuttino Mobley scored 20 points in the win over Memphis for the Clippers, who
have won five of their last six games overall. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 15
points, while Corey Maggette netted 11 and Chris Kaman contributed eight
points and 12 boards.

LA, which opens a three-game road this evening, is 15-16 on the road this
season. The Clippers will also visit New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Memphis on
the current swing.