It doesn't take long to figure out what went wrong here. When you get out-shot 53% to 41% and get out-rebounded 47-36, you're going to lose more often than not. I hope I'm not sounding like one of those spoiled fans who goes ballistic every time their team loses a game, but this stinks. Not only did the Suns again accomplish the dubious task of giving a losing team's fans something to feel good about, they did it in a way that had "looking ahead to the next game" written all over it. I guess that's human nature, but it sure didn't make it any more fun to watch. Oh well, the Clippers were due after coming oh so close against Dallas, San Antonio, and the Suns in recent weeks. They deserved this win, and maybe if I weren't so tired and grumpy right now, I'd be able to better appreciate that. Instead, I'm going to leave that part to Clips Nation, and skip ahead to the awards.
Player of the Game: Sam Cassell. 32 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and unlimited determination.
Runner-Up: Amare Stoudemire with 29 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.