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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 27 25 17 24 93 SACRAMENTO 24 21 25 7 77 FINAL


HOUSTON (93) AT SACRAMENTO (77)

HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BARKLEY F 30 6-10 3-4 2 12 14 1 2 0 2 15 ELIE F 27 2-4 1-1 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 5 OLAJUWON C 34 6-12 6-7 2 5 7 1 3 5 3 18 DREXLER G 30 5-12 2-5 4 4 8 2 3 3 3 12 MALONEY G 23 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 PRICE 20 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 4 1 1 4 5 WILLIS 27 7-12 2-2 2 5 7 1 2 1 1 16 RHODES 21 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 3 1 6 JOHNSON 18 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 BULLARD 5 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DAVIS 5 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 18-23 11 30 41 15 18 14 21 93 (.473) (.783) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(12 PTS)

SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

OWENS F 30 6-10 0-1 4 3 7 2 2 1 2 12 SMITH F 30 1-7 1-2 3 9 12 4 3 4 1 3 POLYNICE C 25 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 3 2 RICHMOND G 35 7-14 6-6 1 1 2 0 2 3 3 21 HURLEY G 20 5-11 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 10 FUNDERBURKE 21 3-8 2-5 1 2 3 2 2 1 3 8 C WILLIAMSON 20 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 1 3 1 2 8 STEWART 17 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 5 1 3 4 JOHNSON 17 0-3 0-2 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 0 ABDUL-RAUF 13 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 DEHERE 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 GRIMM 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 32-79 11-18 15 23 38 14 22 12 22 77 (.405) (.611) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23(20 PTS)

HOUSTON 27 25 17 24 - 93 SACRAMENTO 24 21 25 7 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 8. SACRAMENTO - SMITH 2, OWENS, POLYNICE, STEWART. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-13 (.385), ELIE 0-1, MALONEY 3-7, PRICE 1-1, JOHNSON 1-3, BULLARD 0-1. SACRAMENTO 2-7 (.286), OWENS 0-1, RICHMOND 1-2, C WILLIAMSON 0-1, JOHNSON 0-1, ABDUL-RAUF 1-1, GRIMM 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, SACRAMENTO - SMITH. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, KEN MAUER, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,317. T - 1:58.


HOUSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 30 6-10 3-4 2-14 1 2 15 Elie 27 2-4 1-1 0-0 3 0 5 Olajuwon 34 6-12 6-7 2-7 1 3 18 Drexler 30 5-12 2-5 4-8 2 3 12 Maloney 23 3-9 0-0 0-0 1 1 9 Price 20 2-3 0-0 1-1 4 1 5 Willis 27 7-12 2-2 2-7 1 2 16 Rhodes 21 2-4 2-2 0-1 2 4 6 Johnson 18 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 1 7 Bullard 5 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Davis 5 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 18-23 11-41 15 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Elie 0-1, Maloney 3-7, Price 1-1, Johnson 1-3, Bullard 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Olajuwon 8). Turnovers: 22 (Price 4, Drexler 3, Maloney 3, Olajuwon 3, Barkley 2, Davis 2, Elie, Johnson, Rhodes, Willis). Steals: 14 (Olajuwon 5, Drexler 3, Rhodes 3, Elie, Price, Willis).

SACRAMENTO (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 30 6-10 0-1 4-7 2 2 12 Smith 30 1-7 1-2 3-12 4 3 3 Polynice 25 1-5 0-0 2-4 1 1 2 Richmond 35 7-14 6-6 1-2 0 2 21 Hurley 20 5-11 0-0 1-1 1 2 10 Funderburke 21 3-8 2-5 1-3 2 2 8 C Williamson 20 3-7 2-2 1-3 1 3 8 Stewart 17 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 5 4 Johnson 17 0-3 0-2 0-3 2 2 0 Abdul-rauf 13 3-9 0-0 0-1 0 0 7 Dehere 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Grimm 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 11-18 15-38 14 22 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Owens 0-1, Richmond 1-2, C Williamson 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Abdul-rauf 1-1, Grimm 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Smith 2, Owens, Polynice, Stewart). Turnovers: 23 (Funderburke 3, Polynice 3, Richmond 3, Stewart 3, C Williamson 2, Johnson 2, Owens 2, Abdul-rauf, Dehere, Hurley, Smith). Steals: 12 (Smith 4, Richmond 3, C Williamson, Dehere, Funderburke, Owens, Stewart). ____________________________________________ Houston 27 25 17 24 - 93 Sacramento 24 21 25 7 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:17 3rd, 1:18 3rd). Sacramento 1 (Smith, 4:15 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Sacramento 1 (Hurley, 4:15 3rd). A: 17,317. T: 1:58. Officials: Ed F Rush, Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers.


GAME RECAP

Hakeem Olajuwon scored 18 points and Kevin Willis added 16 as the Houston Rockets completely shut down the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter for a 93-77 victory.

The Rockets trailed by one point after three quarters, but held Sacramento to just seven points in the final period -- one more than Olajuwon had.

Charles Barkley had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won their first two games and continue to have Sacramento's number. Houston won all four meetings last year, holding the Kings below 95 points in each contest.

Mitch Richmond scored 21 points to lead the Kings, who lost their home opener to Houston for the second straight season. Billy Owens chipped in with 12 points and Bobby Hurley had 10 for Sacramento, which was just 1-of-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets took the lead for good with a 10-2 spurt midway through the fourth quarter with a pair of reserve guards making key plays. Rodrick Rhodes stole the ball from Richmond and coverted a layup to give the Rockets the lead for good at 76-74. Brent Price followed with a three-pointer with 6:45 to play to cap the burst and make it 79-74.

Olajuwon keyed the Rockets' dominant defensive effort in the fourth, blocking four shots. He finished with eight blocks to go along with seven rebounds and five steals.

"We had to pick up our defensive intensity," Willis said. "We were turning the ball over far too much and we were going to end up losing this game."

Houston had a seven-point halftime lead and extended it to 59-47 with 8:40 left in the third quarter. But Richmond scored 13 points in the period, including a three-pointer that capped a 10-2 run with 20.4 seconds remaining in the period that gave the Kings a 70-69 lead.

"The Kings are a hard-working team," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "They basically outhustled us tonight, but we were fortunate to turn it around."

Clyde Drexler finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 47 percent (35-for-74) from the field and forced 23 turnovers.

Lawrence Funderburke and Corliss Williamson chipped in with eight points apiece for the Kings, who shot 40.5 percent (32-of-79) from the floor and just 61 percent (11-for-18) from the free throw line.

"We just didn't finish tonight," Sacramento coach Eddie Jordan said. "I thought we would. We were going to the basket, we were going to the line, but we took some real bad shots."

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