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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 27 21 24 18 90 LA LAKERS 24 26 27 29 106 FINAL


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HOUSTON (90) AT LA LAKERS (106)

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

HARRINGTON F 25 6-8 0-0 2 8 10 0 4 0 1 12 PIPPEN F 41 6-18 4-4 1 5 6 8 2 5 5 16 OLAJUWON C 29 11-17 0-2 2 6 8 2 6 0 2 22 DICKERSON G 28 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 6 PRICE G 36 4-8 4-4 0 0 0 6 1 1 1 12 BARKLEY 19 5-13 4-6 3 3 6 0 1 0 1 14 BULLARD 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 CARR 12 1-5 1-1 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 3 DREW 11 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 MALONEY 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MILLER 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 MOBLEY 19 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0

TOTALS 240 37-85 13-17 11 27 38 19 24 8 14 90 (.435) (.765) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 40 8-20 2-2 0 5 5 3 2 1 4 18 KNIGHT F 15 3-5 1-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 1 7 ONEAL C 34 7-10 8-14 2 5 7 2 1 1 4 22 HARPER G 19 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 5 JONES G 34 6-11 1-1 1 3 4 2 1 3 0 13 FISHER 29 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 3 1 1 9 FOX 19 7-7 2-3 1 1 2 2 1 0 2 21 HORRY 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 2 RODMAN 26 0-2 2-4 1 9 10 2 4 0 2 2 ROOKS 14 3-4 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 7

TOTALS 240 40-73 19-30 9 31 40 20 24 7 16 106 (.548) (.633) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

HOUSTON 27 21 24 18 - 90 LA LAKERS 24 26 27 29 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - NONE. LA LAKERS - BRYANT, RODMAN, ONEAL, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 3-12 (.250), PIPPEN 0-4, DICKERSON 2-3, PRICE 0-2, BARKLEY 0-1, DREW 1-2. LA LAKERS 7-14 (.500), BRYANT 0-2, HARPER 1-1, JONES 0-1, FISHER 1-3, FOX 5-5, RODMAN 0-1, ROOKS 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TIM DONAGHY, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 17,505. T - 2:18.


Box Score

HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 25 6-8 0-0 2-10 0 4 12 Pippen 41 6-18 4-4 1-6 8 2 16 Olajuwon 29 11-17 0-2 2-8 2 6 22 Dickerson 28 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 6 Price 36 4-8 4-4 0-0 6 1 12 Barkley 19 5-13 4-6 3-6 0 1 14 Bullard 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Carr 12 1-5 1-1 1-2 0 3 3 Drew 11 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Maloney 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Miller 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Mobley 19 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 13-17 11-38 19 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Pippen 0-4, Dickerson 2-3, Price 0-2, Barkley 0-1, Drew 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 16 (Pippen 5, Olajuwon 2, Barkley, Bullard, Carr, Dickerson, Harrington, Mobley, Price). Steals: 8 (Pippen 5, Miller, Mobley, Price).

LA LAKERS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 40 8-20 2-2 0-5 3 2 18 Knight 15 3-5 1-2 2-4 1 4 7 Oneal 34 7-10 8-14 2-7 2 1 22 Harper 19 2-5 0-0 1-1 2 2 5 Jones 34 6-11 1-1 1-4 2 1 13 Fisher 29 3-8 2-2 0-2 3 3 9 Fox 19 7-7 2-3 1-2 2 1 21 Horry 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Rodman 26 0-2 2-4 1-10 2 4 2 Rooks 14 3-4 1-2 1-4 1 3 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-73 19-30 9-40 20 24 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.548, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Bryant 0-2, Harper 1-1, Jones 0-1, Fisher 1-3, Fox 5-5, Rodman 0-1, Rooks 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Bryant, Rodman, Oneal, Horry). Turnovers: 16 (Bryant 4, Oneal 4, Fox 2, Rodman 2, Fisher, Harper, Knight, Rooks). Steals: 7 (Jones 3, Bryant, Fisher, Knight, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Houston 27 21 24 18 - 90 La Lakers 24 26 27 29 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Olajuwon, 5:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:18. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tim Donaghy, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Michael Jordan was a courtside guest of Jack Nicholson and watched former teammates Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman take on each other. But it was fellow North Carolina alumnus Rick Fox who stole the star-studded show.

Fox scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-90 victory over the Houston Rockets in the second game of the "Rodman and Rambis" era.

An actor with a growing resume, Fox upstaged all the celebrities -- Nicholson, Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, even Rockets forward Charles Barkley, who made an early return from knee surgery.

After not playing in the first half, Fox scored six points in the third quarter and exploded over the final 12 minutes. He netted five points in the first 1:25 of the fourth quarter as the Lakers opened a 84-74 lead on his 3-pointer with 10:35 left and cruised to their third straight victory.

"It's been tough," Fox said. "It takes time for everybody to find some kind of rhythm. The last few games I have felt a lot better than I have in the first few weeks. Dealing with injuries is kind of tough, but I am going to stick it out and try and be as prepared as I can for coach (Kurt) Rambis and the rest of the team."

Jordan retired prior to the season after leading the Bulls to six championships during the 1990s. His retirement prompted the breakup of the Bulls, with Pippen being traded to the Rockets and Rodman signing as a free agent with the Lakers.

"There were not special feelings," said Rodman. "I knew he was going to be here. We are grown men and we know each other as individuals and we know our feeling towards each other. Scottie wants to win bad and Michael is here because the NBA wants the hype. The NBA is doing what they can to keep hype and energy and love in this game right now."

Rodman grabbed 10 rebounds and scored his first two points as a Laker on a pair of free throws. He played 26 minutes off the bench and even attempted a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, when the outcome had already been decided.

Los Angeles recorded a 99-83 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Rambis' head coaching debut on Friday. This was more of a test for the Lakers, who had lost three straight nationally televised Sunday games to quality opponents.

The Lakers dropped home games to Utah and Indiana and fell at Seattle on February 21 to begin a three-game losing streak that ended with the firing of coach Del Harris.

"The guys have had an unbelievable attitude in accepting whatever direction we were trying to push them," Rambis said. And they haven't been complaining, `Hey, the ball's not coming to me' or whatever. And you saw out there how we were running the fast break."

"You know that Rick is a guy that is going to give his all," Lakers guard Eddie Jones said. "If he gets the shots, he is going to take the shots. Kurt let us know that if we were open, to take the shots. That builds confidence in the locker room."

Pippen had 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets with 22 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Barkley had 14 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

"I did a little scrimmage on Friday and it went well," said Barkley, who missed eight games after having cartilage in his left knee repaired. "It was a quick recovery. Obviously, when you miss two weeks you ain't going to come out there and step up and have a good game."

Fox scored on a driving layup 52 seconds into the fourth period and dished to Sean Rooks, who converted a lay-in. After a 14-footer by Barkley, Fox drilled a 3-pointer from the right sideline to give the Lakers a 10-point advantage.

Houston fought back to 85-79 on Pippen's layup with 9:12 left and was trailing 90-80 after Olajuwon hit a short jumper with 6:15 to play. But Fox drilled two 3-pointers in a 45-second span to push the lead back to 96-80 with 5:05 remaining, ending the Rockets' hopes.

"I tried to play as smart as I could and be as effective on the defensive end," added Fox. "The shots and the openings were there. I think with the fact that I wasn't in the game in the first half, nobody really paid any attention to me. That allowed me to get open and to shoot the ball the way that I did."

Fox connected on all seven shots, including 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Lakers shot an impressive 55 percent (40-of-73) and were 7-of-14 from 3-point range.

The Rockets took their biggest lead of the game at 62-54 with 8:19 left in the third quarter when Olajuwon threw down a dunk. They still led by six when the Lakers exploded for 11 straight points and assumed a 69-64 advantage on Robert Horry's layup with 4:01 left.

O'Neal, who led the Lakers with 22 points, started the spurt by connecting on the second of two free throws, then dunked to make it a three-point contest. On the ensuing trip, Olajuwon was called for traveling. Four seconds later, he was whistled for a foul and then picked up a technical foul.

Jones hit the free throw and O'Neal's running jumper tied it, 64-64. Fox was fouled while nailing a jumper from the left sideline and hit the foul shot and Horry's layup moments later gave the Lakers a five-point advantage.

"I'm capable of scoring 30-40 a night, but I just want to be the best team player," O'Neal said. "I was doubled all night and I just kicked it out to my guys and they hit some shots. Rick played an unbelievable game and that's what it is going to take for us to get to the next level -- everyone playing well."

Bryant netted 18 points and Jones added 12 for the Lakers, who held a 40-38 advantage on the boards and turned 16 Houston turnovers into 22 points.

Brent Price had 12 points and six assists and Othella Harrington contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 43.5 percent (37-of-85) and were 3-of-12 from 3-point range.

"They were converting their fast breaks and we didn't convert," Pippen said. "That's what hurt us in the first half, too, because we gave them too many fast-break points."

Houston has lost three of five following a 5-1 start. The Rockets dropped a 99-91 decision to the Lakers in the season opener before reeling off five straight victories.

"We're a different team (now)," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "That game was Scottie's first with our club and we really hadn't adjusted to him. Now he's at a point where he feels comfortable in our sets. They are obviously a different team now also with the addition of Rodman."

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