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NBA PHOENIX 92 HOUSTON 109 FINAL


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PHOENIX (92) AT HOUSTON (109)

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

MCCLOUD F 26 4-9 2-4 1 1 2 1 4 1 2 10 GUGLIOTTA F 34 7-12 0-0 7 4 11 4 2 1 1 14 LONGLEY C 21 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 4 CHAPMAN G 30 3-14 5-5 0 1 1 2 1 3 0 11 KIDD G 35 6-19 0-0 0 6 6 11 3 0 4 14 MANNING 15 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 0 ROBINSON 18 4-8 2-3 4 1 5 2 2 1 5 12 MORRIS 10 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 BROWN 12 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4 KLEINE 6 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 RESPERT 11 5-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 MILIC 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 GARRITY 7 0-1 3-4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 BAILEY 7 0-4 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 2 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-93 12-16 18 23 41 24 24 11 14 92 (.398) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 39 6-13 7-7 4 8 12 9 2 3 1 19 HARRINGTON F 28 7-10 3-6 2 11 13 1 4 0 3 17 OLAJUWON C 33 7-11 5-7 5 6 11 3 0 0 4 19 DICKERSON G 34 8-15 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 18 MALONEY G 20 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 5 BULLARD 21 4-8 2-2 0 2 2 4 0 4 3 14 PRICE 18 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 1 2 2 ROBERTS 4 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MOBLEY 25 3-7 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 2 2 7 JOHNSON 8 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 4 DREW 5 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 MILLER 5 2-4 0-0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 BARKLEY DNP - SURGERY LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 41-79 20-27 15 36 51 29 16 11 18 109 (.519) (.741) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

PHOENIX 25 16 21 30 - 92 HOUSTON 27 18 34 30 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - KIDD, MORRIS. HOUSTON - PIPPEN, OLAJUWON, DICKERSON, MOBLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 6-12 (.500), CHAPMAN 0-1, KIDD 2-4, ROBINSON 2-2, MORRIS 0-1, BROWN 0-2, RESPERT 2-2. HOUSTON 7-16 (.438), PIPPEN 0-2, DICKERSON 2-6, MALONEY 1-1, BULLARD 4-5, PRICE 0-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - PIPPEN, HEAD COACH TOMJANOVICH, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, BRUCE ALEXANDER, MIKE SMITH. A - 16,285. T - 2:04.


Box Score

PHOENIX (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccloud 26 4-9 2-4 1-2 1 4 10 Gugliotta 34 7-12 0-0 7-11 4 2 14 Longley 21 2-6 0-0 1-4 1 3 4 Chapman 30 3-14 5-5 0-1 2 1 11 Kidd 35 6-19 0-0 0-6 11 3 14 Manning 15 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 4 0 Robinson 18 4-8 2-3 4-5 2 2 12 Morris 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Brown 12 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 Kleine 6 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Respert 11 5-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 12 Milic 8 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Garrity 7 0-1 3-4 1-2 0 0 3 Bailey 7 0-4 0-0 2-3 2 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-93 12-16 18-41 24 24 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Chapman 0-1, Kidd 2-4, Robinson 2-2, Morris 0-1, Brown 0-2, Respert 2-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Kidd, Morris). Turnovers: 14 (Robinson 5, Kidd 4, Mccloud 2, Gugliotta, Manning, Morris). Steals: 11 (Chapman 3, Bailey 2, Brown, Gugliotta, Mccloud, Morris, Respert, Robinson).

HOUSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 39 6-13 7-7 4-12 9 2 19 Harrington 28 7-10 3-6 2-13 1 4 17 Olajuwon 33 7-11 5-7 5-11 3 0 19 Dickerson 34 8-15 0-0 0-0 1 2 18 Maloney 20 1-1 2-2 0-2 3 1 5 Bullard 21 4-8 2-2 0-2 4 0 14 Price 18 1-3 0-0 0-3 6 2 2 Roberts 4 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Mobley 25 3-7 1-1 0-1 0 3 7 Johnson 8 2-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Drew 5 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 0 0 Miller 5 2-4 0-0 3-3 0 1 4 Barkley DNP - surgery left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 20-27 15-51 29 16 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Pippen 0-2, Dickerson 2-6, Maloney 1-1, Bullard 4-5, Price 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Pippen, Olajuwon, Dickerson, Mobley). Turnovers: 19 (Olajuwon 4, Bullard 3, Harrington 3, Mobley 2, Price 2, Dickerson, Drew, Johnson, Pippen). Steals: 11 (Bullard 4, Pippen 3, Mobley 2, Maloney, Price). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 25 16 21 30 - 92 Houston 27 18 34 30 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 3 (Pippen, 3:33 1st; Head Coach Tomjanovich, 1:28 2nd; Illegal Defense, 2:55 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:04. Officials: Ed F Rush, Bruce Alexander, Mike Smith.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Charles Barkley was unable to complete the "Dream Team" frontcourt of the Houston Rockets, but his replacement fit in perfectly.

Othella Harrington started for the injured Barkley and finished with season highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Rockets dominated the third quarter to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 109-92.

Harrington started alongside Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon, who both had been relatively quiet in the young season as Barkley took the headlines.

"I felt comfortable inside and I was able to get a good rhythm going," Harrington said. "I have always been able to score inside, ever since college. It's been a little nerve wrecking lately since I am going to be starting for a while."

Pippen came up one assist shy of his 15th career triple-double, collecting 19 points and 12 rebounds. Olajuwon scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds as Houston posted its fifth straight win.

"I feel much more comfortable offensively now," Pippen said. "We are trying to focus on distributing the ball well on offense and we are doing a good job of passing out of the double team. I never thought I would play with such a dominant center (Olajuwon). ... This is such a great team to play for."

Barkley, who led the Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993, underwent surgery on his left knee Sunday and is expected to miss the next three to four weeks. He had been leading Houston in scoring and rebounding through the first five games, averaging 19.2 points and a league-leading 17 boards per contest.

Rookie Michael Dickerson contributed 18 points and drained a pair of 3-pointers during the pivotal 17-4 third-quarter run, which gave the Rockets a double-digit lead it maintained thereafter.

Olajuwon broke a 49-49 tie with a 13-footer to spark that burst and capped it with two free throws, building a 66-53 lead with 4:03 left. Pippen contributed a three-point play during the tear, and Harrington had a jumper and three rebounds.

"I got some open shots tonight, mainly because Othella was doing so well inside," Dickerson said. "Scottie, of course, helped set up a lot of my shots and we got into a rhythm. Phoenix double-teamed Othella and he did a great job of passing to get me some open looks. It was a little different without Charles, but we were able to get the job done."

Olajuwon scored eight points, Pippen seven and Harrington six in the third, after which Houston came away with a 79-62 lead.

Tom Gugliotta had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who again lost to a quality opponent. Their three losses have come against Houston, Utah and Sacramento. They have two wins apiece over the lowly Denver Nuggets and winless Los Angeles Clippers.

The starting backcourt of Jason Kidd and Rex Chapman combined to shoot an atrocious 9-of-33 from the field for Phoenix. Kidd, who notched the league's first triple-double of the season in a win over Denver on Monday, had 14 points and 11 assists while Chapman added 11 points.

"Our energy level was very bad," Kidd said. "We were walking the ball up the court and we have to push the ball better. We didn't shoot the ball well. This wasn't a typical Suns game."

"We came out without any energy," Chapman said. "We were mentally and physically fatigued in the second half. We have to have a better effort."

Harrington was shooting 62 percent (21-of-34) on the season coming into the contest and kept up that pace, hitting 7-of-10 from the field as the Rockets shot 52 percent (41-of-79).

"Othella Harrington really got it going inside and on the boards," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "Dream (Olajuwon) was great and Scottie was all over the place. ... I felt very good about the way we came out and took care of business tonight."

The Rockets held a slim lead through most of the first half and were in front, 45-41, at intermission behind 11 points apiece from Harrington and Olajuwon.

Houston took control by hitting 3-of-4 3-pointers and owning an 11-6 edge on the boards in the third. Phoenix made 9-of-21 shots and missed both of its 3-point attempts.

A three-point play by Cliff Robinson pulled Phoenix within 79-65 in the opening minute of the fourth. But Pippen answered with four free throws and Olajuwon fed Dickerson for a layup to create an 85-65 cushion, and the Suns got no closer than 15 points thereafter.

"We were able to move the ball well offensively and we did a good job of rebounding," Pippen added. "It always feels good to finish a game with all five starters resting on the bench."

While Houston was coming off a rare four-day layoff in this abbreviated season, Phoenix was playing the second of three road games in three nights. The Suns close the brutal stretch at San Antonio on Wednesday.

Matt Bullard buried four 3-pointers en route to his 14 points for the Rockets, who lost 300-pound center Stanley Roberts to a hamstring injury in the first half.

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