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NBA HOUSTON 84 VANCOUVER 74 0:31 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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HOUSTON (86) AT VANCOUVER (74)

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

HARRINGTON F 35 5-12 2-2 2 8 10 2 2 0 4 12 PIPPEN F 44 7-17 2-2 1 7 8 5 0 7 3 18 OLAJUWON C 33 8-16 2-4 1 8 9 0 4 1 3 18 DICKERSON G 19 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 7 PRICE G 29 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 4 2 2 2 6 BULLARD 16 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 3 DREW 19 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 5 1 1 2 MILLER 16 4-6 1-1 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 9 MOBLEY 29 4-8 2-2 0 4 4 1 0 1 3 11 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-77 9-11 6 37 43 17 18 13 19 86 (.455) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(19 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 41 8-20 4-5 4 12 16 1 2 0 6 20 SMITH F 18 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 REEVES C 24 2-9 1-3 1 4 5 4 3 0 5 5 BIBBY G 35 5-9 4-4 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 14 MACK G 22 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 CHILCUTT 8 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 LOPEZ 21 4-6 1-1 1 3 4 0 1 2 3 9 MASSENBURG 26 5-12 1-2 3 1 4 0 0 1 1 11 PARKS 11 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 WEST 21 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 2 WHEAT 13 2-4 0-2 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 4 HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 11-17 11 30 41 11 15 6 20 74 (.392) (.647) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

HOUSTON 25 13 33 15 - 86 VANCOUVER 15 19 19 21 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 5, HARRINGTON 2, PIPPEN, MOBLEY, BULLARD, DREW. VANCOUVER - WEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-17 (.412), PIPPEN 2-6, DICKERSON 1-3, PRICE 2-4, BULLARD 1-3, MOBLEY 1-1. VANCOUVER 1-4 (.250), MACK 1-4. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - HARRINGTON. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, ED F RUSH, RODNEY MOTT. A - 19,193. T - 2:10.


Box Score

HOUSTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 35 5-12 2-2 2-10 2 2 12 Pippen 44 7-17 2-2 1-8 5 0 18 Olajuwon 33 8-16 2-4 1-9 0 4 18 Dickerson 19 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 7 Price 29 2-5 0-0 0-4 4 2 6 Bullard 16 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 3 Drew 19 1-4 0-0 0-2 3 5 2 Miller 16 4-6 1-1 2-5 0 3 9 Mobley 29 4-8 2-2 0-4 1 0 11 Carr DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision Maloney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 9-11 6-43 17 18 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Pippen 2-6, Dickerson 1-3, Price 2-4, Bullard 1-3, Mobley 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 11 (Olajuwon 5, Harrington 2, Pippen, Mobley, Bullard, Drew). Turnovers: 21 (Harrington 4, Mobley 3, Olajuwon 3, Pippen 3, Price 2, Bullard, Dickerson, Drew, Miller). Steals: 13 (Pippen 7, Price 2, Dickerson, Drew, Mobley, Olajuwon).

VANCOUVER (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 41 8-20 4-5 4-16 1 2 20 Smith 18 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Reeves 24 2-9 1-3 1-5 4 3 5 Bibby 35 5-9 4-4 0-2 2 2 14 Mack 22 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 Chilcutt 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Lopez 21 4-6 1-1 1-4 0 1 9 Massenburg 26 5-12 1-2 3-4 0 0 11 Parks 11 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 West 21 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 Wheat 13 2-4 0-2 1-1 3 1 4 Herrera DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 11-17 11-41 11 15 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Mack 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (West). Turnovers: 20 (Abdur-rahim 6, Reeves 5, Lopez 3, Bibby 2, Chilcutt, Mack, Massenburg, West). Steals: 6 (Lopez 2, Chilcutt, Massenburg, Smith, West). ____________________________________________ Houston 25 13 33 15 - 86 Vancouver 15 19 19 21 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Harrington, 2:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,193. T: 2:10. Officials: Luis Grillo, Ed F Rush, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Scottie Pippen scored 12 of his 18 points in the decisive third quarter as the Houston Rockets continued their dominance of the Vancouver Grizzlies with a sluggish 86-74 victory.

Coming off his first triple-double in three season, Pippen had eight rebounds and five assists. After a brief halftime speech, he scored 10 points in a 16-5 burst midway through the third period that gave Houston a 20-point lead.

"I told 'em we've got to come out and keep our energy up and not have our third-quarter letdown," Pippen said. "That's been a thorn in our sides."

"We mainly talked about killer instinct," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "We felt we had the game in control and then we lost our focus and started playing a passive offensive game and we let a nice lead get away. I'm very pleased with that road victory."

Hakeem Olajuwon also scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Houston, which used its best defensive effort of the season to overcome a pair of quarters in the teens and 21 turnovers. The Rockets are 11-2 all-time against the Grizzlies.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Vancouver, which shot just 39 percent (31-of-79) from the field as it lost for the fifth time in six games.

The Rockets never trailed but led only 38-34 at halftime after a lethargic second quarter. Brent Price and rookie Michael Dickerson made 3-pointers to build the advantage to 10 points before Pippen took over.

He had a 3-pointer and layup around a jumper by Olajuwon as the lead grew to 58-44 with 6:45 left in the third quarter. After another jumper by Olajuwon, Pippen made a 3-pointer and jumper before two free throws by Othella Harrington capped the burst at 67-47 with 1:15 remaining.

"When you're playing on the road, you have to bring big intensity and keep the energy level up to keep the fans out of the game," Pippen said. "That was the one thing I wanted to make sure of."

Olajuwon scored five of Houston's 15 fourth-quarter points as the Rockets led by at least nine throughout the period.

Harrington scored 12 points and rookie Cuttino Mobley added 11 off the bench for the Rockets, who shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77) and made 7-of-17 3-pointers.

"Our system this year is really getting the offense spread around," Olajuwon said. "When the ball comes inside, I always look for the open man. We have so many shooters on our team."

"Every time they got the ball into `Dream' (Olajuwon), we double-teamed him and he really didn't hurt us," said Grizzlies center Tony Massenburg, who scored 11 points. "I think his passing out to the other guys was the killer. They always know where each other is and that's an experienced team."

Rookie Mike Bibby scored 14 points for Vancouver, which made just 1-of-4 3-pointers and committed 21 turnovers.

Harrington scored eight points and Pippen six as Houston got off to a good start. The Rockets had a 9-2 run late in the first quarter and opened a 25-15 lead.

"I thought the game was decided in the beginning of the first and third quarter," Vancouver coach Brian Hill said. "That was our worst play defensively all season. The holes that we had to try to climb back out of turned out to be just too big."

A jumper by Olajuwon extended the advantage to 36-23 with 3:51 left in the first half before Houston sputtered. Abdur-Rahim and Bibby each scored four points in an 11-2 spurt that closed the half and cut the deficit to four points.

"It should have been much easier than what the outcome was," Pippen said. "We had our opportunities to put this team away. We have to take those opportunities and not let them regain momentum. We just weren't able to put them away for good."

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