Clippers 101, Rockets 84
Feb. 02, 2001
HOUSTON (AP) _ Lamar Odom scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped their season-high nine-game losing streak with a 101-84 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Houston guard Steve Francis didn't show up for the game until halftime due to personal reasons as the Rockets lost to the Clippers for the second time this season.
Eric Piatkowski had 15 points, Jeff McInnis 14, Corey Maggette 11 and Keyon Dooling 10 as the Clippers won for the first time in Houston since Jan. 4, 1997. Los Angeles had lost seven straight in Houston.
Former Clipper Maurice Taylor scored 16 points, and Cuttino Mobley and Walt Williams each had 13. Francis finished with 12.
Houston shot 26 percent (6-of-23) in the first quarter and shot 0-for-12 in a 7:19 stretch.
The Clippers went on a 13-2 run in that span and led by as many as 12 points.
Los Angeles led 22-14 after one period.
Houston shot 8-for-14 (57 percent) in the second quarter but never got closer than eight points. The Clippers shot 50 percent in the first half and led 50-36 at halftime.
McInnis had nine points in the first half, while Piatkowski and Dooling each had eight.
Francis started the second half, but his presence didn't seem to matter as the Clippers built their lead to 24 points in the third quarter.
Odom, who scored 10 points in the third quarter, scored five of the Clippers' first seven points in the fourth, as they increased the lead to 27.
Francis scored seven points in the fourth period, but Houston got no closer than 16 points.
Notes: Francis went home to Maryland after the Rockets' home game Tuesday against Miami. Thursday, he informed the club he would be late for the game due to personal reasons. Club officials said the absence was excused and Francis would not be fined. ... Moochie Norris got his sixth career start in place of Francis. ... Houston remains the only team with a winning road record (12-11) and losing home record (10-13) ... The Clippers' bench averages a league-best 37.4 points.