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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 21 31 36 32 120 TORONTO 24 20 29 23 96 FINAL


HOUSTON (120) AT TORONTO (96)

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

ELIE F 26 2-3 1-1 0 2 2 4 0 1 3 6 BARKLEY F 35 3-9 6-11 5 6 11 2 3 2 3 13 WILLIS C 29 9-14 2-3 0 5 5 2 3 1 2 20 DREXLER G 30 7-13 1-2 3 4 7 8 3 2 2 16 MALONEY G 20 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 7 BULLARD 26 7-13 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 1 2 19 PRICE 24 4-6 3-3 1 3 4 7 1 1 2 12 RHODES 22 5-8 2-5 0 1 1 4 3 4 2 12 HARRINGTON 19 4-6 1-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 9 JONES 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 2 DAVIS 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-80 16-27 12 28 40 35 20 14 20 120 (.588) (.593) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

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

SLATER F 29 4-4 2-7 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 10 MILLER F 38 7-16 8-11 2 4 6 3 2 1 5 22 TABAK C 31 8-14 1-2 2 5 7 2 3 1 1 17 CHRISTIE G 40 5-10 0-0 2 5 7 8 5 2 2 12 STOUDAMIRE G 41 5-15 2-2 1 1 2 12 3 1 1 12 WALLACE 26 5-10 0-0 2 1 3 4 3 1 2 10 RESPERT 22 3-7 3-4 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 9 MCGRADY 5 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 2 GARNER 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 KEMPTON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 CAMBY DNP - STRAINED ABDOMINAL MUSCLE WILLIAMS DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 38-77 18-28 13 23 36 31 20 9 18 96 (.494) (.643) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 21 31 36 32 - 120 TORONTO 24 20 29 23 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - ELIE, BARKLEY, DREXLER, RHODES. TORONTO - CHRISTIE 3, WALLACE 2, MILLER, TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 10-22 (.455), ELIE 1-2, BARKLEY 1-2, DREXLER 1-3, MALONEY 1-3, BULLARD 5-10, PRICE 1-2. TORONTO 2-12 (.167), MILLER 0-1, CHRISTIE 2-6, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, RESPERT 0-3. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WALLACE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, DERRICK STAFFORD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 16,375. T - 2:02.


HOUSTON (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elie 26 2-3 1-1 0-2 4 0 6 Barkley 35 3-9 6-11 5-11 2 3 13 Willis 29 9-14 2-3 0-5 2 3 20 Drexler 30 7-13 1-2 3-7 8 3 16 Maloney 20 3-5 0-0 0-1 4 1 7 Bullard 26 7-13 0-0 1-3 0 1 19 Price 24 4-6 3-3 1-4 7 1 12 Rhodes 22 5-8 2-5 0-1 4 3 12 Harrington 19 4-6 1-2 1-5 1 3 9 Jones 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 2 2 2 Davis 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-80 16-27 12-40 35 20 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.588, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Elie 1-2, Barkley 1-2, Drexler 1-3, Maloney 1-3, Bullard 5-10, Price 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Elie, Barkley, Drexler, Rhodes). Turnovers: 20 (Barkley 3, Elie 3, Bullard 2, Drexler 2, Jones 2, Price 2, Rhodes 2, Willis 2, Harrington, Maloney). Steals: 14 (Rhodes 4, Barkley 2, Drexler 2, Bullard, Davis, Elie, Harrington, Price, Willis).

TORONTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Slater 29 4-4 2-7 1-5 1 2 10 Miller 38 7-16 8-11 2-6 3 2 22 Tabak 31 8-14 1-2 2-7 2 3 17 Christie 40 5-10 0-0 2-7 8 5 12 Stoudamire 41 5-15 2-2 1-2 12 3 12 Wallace 26 5-10 0-0 2-3 4 3 10 Respert 22 3-7 3-4 2-4 0 0 9 Mcgrady 5 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Garner 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 2 2 Kempton 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Camby DNP - strained abdominal muscle Williams DNP - hyperextended left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 18-28 13-36 31 20 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Miller 0-1, Christie 2-6, Stoudamire 0-2, Respert 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Christie 3, Wallace 2, Miller, Tabak). Turnovers: 19 (Miller 5, Mcgrady 3, Christie 2, Slater 2, Wallace 2, Garner, Kempton, Stoudamire, Tabak). Steals: 9 (Christie 2, Garner, Mcgrady, Miller, Respert, Stoudamire, Tabak, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Houston 21 31 36 32 - 120 Toronto 24 20 29 23 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (Illegal Defense, 7:56 3rd; Wallace, 8:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,375. T: 2:02. Officials: Joe Forte, Derrick Stafford, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Willis scored 20 points in just three quarters and Matt Bullard added 17 of his 19 in the second half, including five three-pointers, as the Houston Rockets pounded the Toronto Raptors, 120-96.

Willis scored 10 points in the opening quarter and eight in the decisive third period, when the Rockets opened an 88-73 lead. He rebounded from one of his worst scoring efforts of the season on Saturday, when he managed just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in a 97-95 home loss to Portland.

"We wanted to come out and play well because of the way we lost our last game, it was a heartbreaker," Willis said. "We did what we needed to do tonight and got the win. The bench did a tremendous job. Matt Bullard came in and shot the (heck) out of the ball."

Bullard also had eight points in the third before draining three three-pointers in the final period as the Rockets cruised to victory.

"He is an asset because he can spread the floor and knock down threes," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We got some rest for our guys tonight and the energy level throughout the game was good."

Clyde Drexler contributed 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who whipped Toronto, 127-97, on November 20th and improved to 5-1 in the all-time series.

"We should have had more energy, but we didn't," Raptors coach Darrell Walker said. "This was a tough loss, especially the way we finished. Overall, it was a very bad basketball game."

Houston has won five straight games against teams with losing records, but has lost six in a row against clubs over .500.

Oliver Miller scored a season-high 22 points for the Raptors, who have dropped four straight games and 10 of their last 12 overall. Toronto (4-29) holds the worst record in the Eastern Conference and has the most losses in the NBA, one more than the Denver Nuggets (2-28).

"I'm just trying to stay focused and stay positive," Miller said. "You've got to take pride in what you do. A lot of guys are having a hard time staying positive. We've just got to keep our heads up."

Damon Stoudamire, who had 12 points and 12 assists, hit a jumper to pull Toronto within 56-50 early in the third quarter. But Drexler scored the next five points and Willis capped a 7-0 spurt with a layup with 8:38 left.

After that, every time the Raptors seemed ready to significantly cut into the deficit, Bullard answered from behind the arc.

Another jumper by Stoudamire with 2:51 remaining in the period had Toronto within 76-67, but Bullard made a three-pointer just 25 seconds later.

The Raptors trimmed the deficit to 83-73 with less than a minute left in the quarter on a layup by Zan Tabak, who scored a season-high 17 points. Bullard responded again, drilling another three-pointer with 28 seconds to go.

"Playing with the guys we have on this team -- Charles, Clyde and Kevin Willis -- it makes it a lot easier for me to hit threes like that because they command a double-team and they make great passes," Bullard said.

Bullard finished 5-of-10 from three-point range and was just one point shy of his season high.

Houston took the lead for good midway through the second quarter. Toronto led 28-23 early in the period when Othella Harrington's jumper sparked a 12-0 run for the Rockets. Charles Barkley, who finished with 13 points and 11 boards, sank three free throws during that burst.

"We jumped on them early, but after the first quarter, they dictated the whole game," Stoudamire said. "We came out and started strong, but then we faded and faded."

The Rockets overcame 20 turnovers and a weak 16-of-27 effort from the free-throw line by shooting 59 percent (47-of-80) from the field, including 10-of-22 three-pointers.

Doug Christie chipped in 12 points, a season-high eight assists and seven rebounds for Toronto, which connected on 49 percent (38-of-77) from the floor and made just 2-of-12 from behind the arc.

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