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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 24 27 33 33 117 HOUSTON 23 30 20 20 93 FINAL


MIAMI (117) AT HOUSTON (93)

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

ASKINS F 16 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 10 BROWN F 41 6-11 0-0 5 7 12 3 5 2 4 12 MOURNING C 28 7-9 1-1 2 3 5 2 3 0 2 15 LENARD G 29 3-8 3-3 0 6 6 2 3 1 0 10 HARDAWAY G 33 10-20 3-3 0 2 2 10 2 1 2 25 MAJERLE 31 5-7 0-0 2 1 3 5 2 1 1 13 BARRY 14 3-5 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 7 MURDOCK 14 3-6 0-1 1 1 2 6 2 0 0 6 STRICKLAND 9 2-3 6-6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 CAUSWELL 17 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 CONLON 4 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 WALTERS 4 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 46-80 17-19 11 26 37 31 21 6 10 117 (.575) (.895) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

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

BULLARD F 18 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 WILLIS F 33 6-14 3-4 2 6 8 0 3 1 0 15 OLAJUWON C 25 6-13 1-2 2 6 8 1 5 1 1 13 DREXLER G 31 3-9 2-2 2 4 6 4 2 1 5 9 MALONEY G 14 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 BARKLEY 30 6-9 6-6 0 2 2 4 1 2 0 18 PRICE 25 1-4 5-5 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 8 JOHNSON 33 5-10 2-3 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 13 ELIE 14 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 HARRINGTON 5 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 RHODES 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 DAVIS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 33-74 22-26 8 21 29 20 19 7 11 93 (.446) (.846) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

MIAMI 24 27 33 33 - 117 HOUSTON 23 30 20 20 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - BROWN 3, HARDAWAY 2, CAUSWELL 2, MOURNING, BARRY. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON, BARKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 8-23 (.348), ASKINS 2-5, LENARD 1-5, HARDAWAY 2-8, MAJERLE 3-4, BARRY 0-1. HOUSTON 5-14 (.357), BULLARD 2-5, DREXLER 1-2, MALONEY 0-1, PRICE 1-2, JOHNSON 1-4. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HOUSTON - OLAJUWON. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, KEN MAUER, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 16,285. T - 2:01.


MIAMI (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Askins 16 4-7 0-0 1-2 2 0 10 Brown 41 6-11 0-0 5-12 3 5 12 Mourning 28 7-9 1-1 2-5 2 3 15 Lenard 29 3-8 3-3 0-6 2 3 10 Hardaway 33 10-20 3-3 0-2 10 2 25 Majerle 31 5-7 0-0 2-3 5 2 13 Barry 14 3-5 1-1 0-1 1 1 7 Murdock 14 3-6 0-1 1-2 6 2 6 Strickland 9 2-3 6-6 0-0 0 0 10 Causwell 17 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Conlon 4 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Walters 4 0-0 2-2 0-3 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-80 17-19 11-37 31 21 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.575, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Askins 2-5, Lenard 1-5, Hardaway 2-8, Majerle 3-4, Barry 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (Brown 3, Hardaway 2, Causwell 2, Mourning, Barry). Turnovers: 10 (Brown 4, Hardaway 2, Mourning 2, Conlon, Majerle). Steals: 6 (Brown 2, Askins, Hardaway, Lenard, Majerle).

HOUSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 18 3-7 0-0 0-0 1 0 8 Willis 33 6-14 3-4 2-8 0 3 15 Olajuwon 25 6-13 1-2 2-8 1 5 13 Drexler 31 3-9 2-2 2-6 4 2 9 Maloney 14 0-2 0-0 0-0 4 0 0 Barkley 30 6-9 6-6 0-2 4 1 18 Price 25 1-4 5-5 0-0 1 2 8 Johnson 33 5-10 2-3 1-2 2 4 13 Elie 14 0-0 3-4 0-1 1 0 3 Harrington 5 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Rhodes 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Davis 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 22-26 8-29 20 19 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Bullard 2-5, Drexler 1-2, Maloney 0-1, Price 1-2, Johnson 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Olajuwon, Barkley). Turnovers: 12 (Drexler 5, Rhodes 2, Bullard, Elie, Olajuwon, Price). Steals: 7 (Barkley 2, Drexler, Johnson, Olajuwon, Rhodes, Willis). ____________________________________________ Miami 24 27 33 33 - 117 Houston 23 30 20 20 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:36 4th). Houston 1 (Olajuwon, 3:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:01. Officials: Ed F Rush, Ken Mauer, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Tim Hardaway scored 10 of his 25 points in a third-quarter burst as the hot-shooting Miami Heat defeated the Houston Rockets for the fifth straight time, 117-93, claiming their 11th win in 12 games.

Alonzo Mourning scored 15 points and Dan Majerle 13 for the Heat, who had all five starters in double figures and led by as many as 29 points. Miami shot 59 percent (46-of-80) from the field and posted its 10th straight road win.

"We had an outstanding game, especially in the second half," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "This was one of our best games in a long time."

Hardaway shot 10-of-20 from the field and handed out 10 assists. He scored 10 points as Miami began the second half with a 21-4 spurt over seven minutes, opening a 72-57 lead.

"The second half was a lot of fun," Hardaway said. "We passed the ball and mixed it up with our inside and outside game. There were a lot of good looks for us out there."

Charles Barkley scored 18 points for the Rockets, who have not beaten the Heat since January 11th, 1995. Hakeem Olajuwon, hampered by foul trouble, had 13 points and eight rebounds for Houston, which shot 45 percent (33-of-74).

"We got our butts shellacked," said Barkley, who was involved in an auto accident last week which is affecting his play. "Obviously, I'm struggling a little bit with my back. My back is getting progressively worse since the car accident."

Barkley's 15 first-half points gave the Rockets a 53-51 lead at halfime, but the Heat came out gunning in the second half. They scored 21 of the first 25 points, with Hardaway's three-pointer giving them a 15-point lead with five minutes to go.

"When Charles was out to start the second half, we wanted to make our move then," Riley said. "We wanted to put defensive pressure on their perimeter game and make them run a lot more."

"We wanted to pressure them and play good defense," Hardaway said. "We wanted to make them run up and down the court."

During that spurt, Olajuwon picked up his fifth foul with 6:34 to go, while Mourning left with a leg injury. Both big men returned in the fourth quarter, which began with Miami holding an 84-73 lead.

"It's just been hard play," Mourning said. "The guys have made a commitment to stick with our system and we're playing with a lot of discipline. The guys are playing with a lot of tenacity and we're getting the job done. Everyone knows their roles and that's very important."

A jumper by Kevin Willis, who had 15 points and eight rebounds, opened the final period and moved the deficit below 10 points for the last time at 84-75. The Heat responded with a 7-0 run, as Eric Murdock had a layup and jumper around a three-point play by Brent Barry, expanding the lead to 91-75 with 8:48 left.

Two free throws by Rex Walters gave Miami its largest lead at 114-85 with 1:33 to play. It was Houston's seventh loss of 20 or more points this season.

"Plain and simple, it was a butt-kicking," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Our intensity the first half of the game was tremendous but we've got to find a remedy for the third-quarter blues. That's been our problem for a while. We lost our poise and that's a big concern."

P.J. Brown had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Voshon Lenard, Keith Askins and Mark Strickland all added 10 points for the Heat, who held a 37-29 rebounding advantage and made 17-of-19 free throws.

Houston's Eddie Johnson became the 31st player in NBA history to eclipse 19,000 points with a three-pointer that closed the first quarter and pulled the Rockets within 24-23. In the break between periods, the sellout crowd of 16,285 gave Johnson a standing ovation.

"That felt great," Johnson said. "I've only done what I've been asked to do my whole career."

Johnson finished with 13 points in 33 minutes, running his career total to 19,010. The former Sixth Man Award winner has the most points of any player never chosen for an All-Star Game.

"About nine or 10 years ago, my coach told me he wanted to bring me off the bench as a sixth man for some instant offense," Johnson said. "Initially I was upset because I couldn't understand why. But looking back at it, I'm glad he did what he did. The points that I've scored without starting I would measure up against anyone. I think my points per minute are as good as anybody's."

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