Monday, February 28, 2005

Clippers vs. Hawks

In a continuation of their winning streak, the LA Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-104. Atlanta was doing pretty well, shooting about 60 percent through the first three quarters. But, LA quickly changed to zone defense and shut this out.

A lot of the help close to the end was due to Chris Wilcox. Wilcox, after being out for some time with an injury, has only played in 5 of the last 15 games. Out of these games, he hasn’t really hit over 10 minutes of game play but once. During this game, he was benched during the first 3 quarters. Being put in during the fourth, he made all of his 9 points to get the crowd and team riled up.

"I was sitting on the bench the whole game. I was observing and watching the game and I saw what we were lacking. So when I got in the game I knew what I needed to do, play hard and pick up the intensity and level of play."
- Chris Wilcox

Monday, February 14, 2005

Raptors munch on the Clippers

In an unbelievably close game, the road-weary Clippers were taken out by the Raptors. This makes only the third win for Toronto in the last ten games. Chris Bosh led the Raptors in scoring, sinking 26 points to bring the score to 109-106. Rafer Alston also put in 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, giving a strong force for Toronto.

The Clippers did fight though. In the second half, Los Angeles came back from a 20 point shortage, but this was not enough to take the victory. It began in the third quarter. Toronto gave the appearance that they were starting to lose their edge. Missing the first 15 shots after the half, the Clippers were given a chance to catch up. But, it was clutched in the fourth.

"We always have to put a little excitement into it. Go up, get down, come back, that's what we did but we played hard and we all stuck together."
- Milt Palacio