Houston 91, L.A. Clippers 86 (OT)
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady
scored five of his 32
points in overtime, lifting the Houston Rockets to a 91-86
victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
McGrady sank two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in
regulation to tie the game 82-82, then hit consecutive baskets
in the first two minutes of overtime to give the Rockets an
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"That's my role," McGrady said. "When I see the team is
struggling, it's my job to take over the game and make things
happen. Knocking down my shots or getting to the free throw
line is what I do."
McGrady was 14-of-15 from the free throw line, including 13
straight in regulation, helping the Rockets to their seventh
straight win over the Clippers.
"Guys in this league who are very aggressive and put the ball on
the floor and try to get to the free throw line are going to be
rewarded," McGrady said. "Tonight, I got the calls because I
was more aggressive than I've been in the past."
Despite being held scoreless for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the
fourth quarter, the Clippers took an 81-78 lead with 67 seconds
left on a basket by Chris Wilcox
After Houston's Jim Jackson
made a bank shot, Wilcox went
1-of-2 from the line with eight seconds left, giving the
Clippers an 82-80 lead.
"We got a fortunate break with them missing a free throw,"
Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "But Tracy stuck both of his
free throws and we took advantage in overtime."
Jackson scored 16 points and Maurice Taylor
added 14 for the
Rockets, who won for just the second time in their last six
"The way we want to attack the defense is on the dribble,"
Jackson said. "We might as well because all the other teams
we've seen are trying to drive to the basket and take advantage
of the new rule regarding keeping your hands off the dribbler."
scored 20 points to lead a balanced attack for the
Clippers. Elton Brand
added 19 and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Simmons started the season in place of the injured Kerry Kittles
and has taken advantage of his opportunity, shooting 55 percent
from the floor, while averaging 5.3 rebounds and 16.8 points
"I also played with Washington and the minutes weren't there for
me," Simmons said. "I had to wait my turn. I was playing
behind Michael Jordan and Jerry Stackhouse
. I learned a lot
from Michael. He's a great teacher and he has helped me a lot."
Jackson was happy with the win but thought the Rockets should
not have extended the game to overtime.
"Honestly, I don't think it should have gone into overtime,"
Jackson said. "We had the opportunity to close it out in
regulation. And if you give teams life, they can beat you."
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy was pleased with the overall play
of his team.
"They did a lot of great things out there," Dunleavy said. "We
just ended up on the wrong side of the scorecard. A couple of
plays down the stretch hurt the outcome of the game. But
overall they did the right things."
Clippers rookie reserve Shaun Livingston
scored a season-high 13
points in 31 minutes.
"We need to get these wins," Livingston said. "Especially while
we're at home. So when we go out on the road, it'll be a lot
easier for us."