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NBA ATLANTA 86 HOUSTON 81 1:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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ATLANTA (93) AT HOUSTON (87)

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

ELLIS F 37 5-15 2-2 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 12 LONG F 41 9-18 2-2 5 5 10 4 3 2 0 20 MUTOMBO C 30 1-6 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 2 BLAYLOCK G 37 7-20 1-2 2 2 4 8 2 6 0 16 CORBIN G 35 6-13 2-4 2 1 3 2 1 2 0 17 JOHNSON 24 4-7 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 10 MCLEOD 18 5-12 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 12 WEST 18 1-1 2-3 0 5 5 2 5 0 2 4 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDERSON DNP - BACK SPASMS SHEPPARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-92 13-17 15 26 41 18 18 10 4 93 (.413) (.765) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 4(4 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 30 5-9 2-4 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 12 PIPPEN F 46 6-14 1-4 1 9 10 11 3 1 4 15 OLAJUWON C 40 7-14 1-2 3 13 16 2 3 1 3 16 DICKERSON G 44 6-12 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 0 1 14 MOBLEY G 30 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 4 13 BULLARD 23 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 10 MILLER 5 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 PRICE 22 2-4 0-1 0 2 2 4 3 0 2 5 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-71 6-13 6 31 37 24 17 3 16 87 (.493) (.462) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

ATLANTA 19 30 17 27 - 93 HOUSTON 22 20 17 28 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - WEST 3, MUTOMBO 2, BLAYLOCK, ELLIS, LONG. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 3, BULLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-10 (.400), LONG 0-1, BLAYLOCK 1-4, CORBIN 3-4, MCLEOD 0-1. HOUSTON 11-23 (.478), PIPPEN 2-5, OLAJUWON 1-1, DICKERSON 2-3, MOBLEY 3-7, BULLARD 2-4, PRICE 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DERRICK STAFFORD, KEVIN FEHR. A - 16,285. T - 2:10.


Box Score

ATLANTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 37 5-15 2-2 3-8 1 2 12 Long 41 9-18 2-2 5-10 4 3 20 Mutombo 30 1-6 0-0 2-6 0 3 2 Blaylock 37 7-20 1-2 2-4 8 2 16 Corbin 35 6-13 2-4 2-3 2 1 17 Johnson 24 4-7 2-2 1-2 1 1 10 Mcleod 18 5-12 2-2 0-3 0 1 12 West 18 1-1 2-3 0-5 2 5 4 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Gray DNP - coach's decision Henderson DNP - back spasms Sheppard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 13-17 15-41 18 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Long 0-1, Blaylock 1-4, Corbin 3-4, Mcleod 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (West 3, Mutombo 2, Blaylock, Ellis, Long). Turnovers: 4 (West 2, Ellis, Mcleod). Steals: 10 (Blaylock 6, Corbin 2, Long 2).

HOUSTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 30 5-9 2-4 2-4 0 2 12 Pippen 46 6-14 1-4 1-10 11 3 15 Olajuwon 40 7-14 1-2 3-16 2 3 16 Dickerson 44 6-12 0-0 0-3 3 2 14 Mobley 30 5-11 0-0 0-2 3 2 13 Bullard 23 4-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 10 Miller 5 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Price 22 2-4 0-1 0-2 4 3 5 Carr DNP - coach's decision Drew DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision Maloney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 6-13 6-37 24 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.462. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Pippen 2-5, Olajuwon 1-1, Dickerson 2-3, Mobley 3-7, Bullard 2-4, Price 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Olajuwon 3, Bullard). Turnovers: 17 (Mobley 4, Pippen 4, Olajuwon 3, Price 2, Bullard, Dickerson, Harrington). Steals: 3 (Miller, Olajuwon, Pippen). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 19 30 17 27 - 93 Houston 22 20 17 28 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:10. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Derrick Stafford, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Playing without injured starters Alan Henderson and Steve Smith, the Atlanta Hawks knew they could not afford to make many mistakes. They didn't.

The Hawks committed the second-fewest turnovers in an NBA game and pulled 93-87 victory over the Houston Rockets, who wasted a triple-double by Scottie Pippen.

Atlanta had just four turnovers, the same individual total by Pippen and rookie teammate Cuttino Mobley. The Portland Trail Blazers set the NBA record with just three turnovers in a February 22, 1991 game against Phoenix and the Orlando Magic matched that total in a March 31, 1996 game against New York.

"I thought tonight we executed very well," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We took care of the ball and had very few turnovers. We played with some energy and that's what's been missing."

Grant Long started for the injured Henderson and had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Long hit a pair of jumpers and a layup in a 16-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.

"It's been a while since I've played a game like that," Long said. "The last couple of years I was in Detroit, I didn't get to play a lot. I came back to Atlanta this year because I thought it was my best chance to get an opportunity to play."

Henderson, second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg), was a late scratch due to back spasms.

"I thought our guys stepped up big, especially being underhanded without Steve and Alan," Wilkens said. "Grant stepped up real big for us tonight."

Forward Tyrone Corbin started at shooting guard for Smith and had 17 points -- and no turnovers -- in 35 minutes. In two previous games without Smith, Wilkens started Ed Gray and the Hawks lost to Chicago and Dallas. In those losses, Gray hit just 2-of-15 shots. He did not get off the bench tonight.

"I knew I was starting this morning at the shootaround," Corbin said. "The way we played the last few games, I thought they might make a change."

Pippen recorded 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 17th career triple-double but could not prevent the Rockets from suffering their first home loss in five games.

"This is a mental letdown for us," Pippen said. "I don't know if it was because we took them too lightly, but we couldn't get it done. They outplayed us to the loose balls."

Hakeem Olajuwon had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Houston.

"Believe it or not, this is when you start worrying as a coach," said Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich. "They feel they have nothing to lose and they're expected to lose with two guys out of their lineup. This is a big, big disappointment."

The game was tied at 58-58 when the Hawks closed the third quarter with an 8-1 run and scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter. A layup by Long with 9:07 left capped the spurt and gave the Hawks a 74-59 lead.

The Rockets responded with a 16-4 run which featured 3-pointers by Matt Bullard, Pippen and Mobley.

A rare 3-pointer by Olajuwon pulled the Rockets within 82-80 with 3:35 left but they would get no closer.

Atlanta's Anthony Johnson hit a 17-foot jumper with 1:54 to go. After Olajuwon converted 1-of-2 free throws, LaPhonso Ellis converted a layup and an 18-foot jumper to give the Hawks an 88-81 lead with 57 seconds left.

Mookie Blaylock scored 16 points and Ellis and rookie Roshown McLeod added 12 points apiece for Atlanta.

Houston held a 31-23 lead after Anthony Miller's free throws with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter before Atlanta went on a 16-3 run. Corbin ignited it with a 3-pointer and Blaylock capped it with a 22-foot jumper.

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