The Clippers' ace

For the first 471/2 minutes, Rajon Rondo was quicker, sharper, and smoother than Baron Davis. In the final seconds, the Boston youngster just couldn't match the bearded one's California cool.

Davis hit a fallaway jumper at the buzzer after Rondo missed two free throws as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped the Celtics' nine-game road winning streak with a 92-90 victory Sunday night.

"Baron said, 'Coach, draw it up and I will make this,' " Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

For his part, Davis did not seem to be impressed by his own heroics. "I'm used to taking them and making them," Davis said.

Seeking a trade

The Associated Press reported that Tracy McGrady has asked the Houston Rockets to trade him. The seven-time all-star has been asking for more playing time as he tries to come back from microfracture surgery on his left knee.

McGrady, who is due to make $23 million this season, has played in six games since his season debut Dec. 15.

Meanwhile, benched New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was fined $25,000 by the NBA after his agent made a public trade request. The league doesn't appreciate public requests of that nature.


Sacramento Kings rookie star Tyreke Evans sat out last night's game against the Denver Nuggets because of an ankle injury. . . . Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay was inactive for last night's game against the Washington Wizards because of a sprained left ankle, leaving Memphis without its leading scorer. . . . Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he hoped Ron Artest (concussion) would be back for tonight's game.

- Inquirer wire reports