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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 24 27 24 32 107 SACRAMENTO 19 28 19 27 93 FINAL


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HOUSTON (107) AT SACRAMENTO (93)

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

BARKLEY F 25 6-14 3-6 6 5 11 5 0 1 1 15 PIPPEN F 44 6-15 4-4 0 4 4 5 3 3 2 17 OLAJUWON C 33 11-23 1-1 2 7 9 2 2 2 2 24 DICKERSON G 39 4-8 1-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 0 10 MOBLEY G 45 5-9 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 2 1 14 BULLARD 13 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 8 HARRINGTON 17 5-6 3-3 0 7 7 1 4 0 2 13 MILLER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PRICE 23 2-7 1-3 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 6 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACK DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT THUMB

TOTALS 240 42-86 15-21 8 32 40 24 19 9 8 107 (.488) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

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

FUNDERBURKE F 36 9-13 0-0 9 6 15 2 3 0 3 18 C WILLIAMSON F 23 2-10 3-6 1 1 2 1 1 3 0 7 DIVAC C 38 7-15 1-2 1 12 13 5 1 0 4 16 ABDUL-WAHAD G 23 3-11 1-1 2 6 8 0 3 1 3 7 J WILLIAMS G 36 9-20 1-2 2 2 4 3 1 1 2 21 BARRY 18 0-2 6-6 1 1 2 3 6 0 0 6 HAWKINS 13 0-2 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 1 0 MAXWELL 25 2-10 4-6 2 2 4 1 4 0 1 9 STOJAKOVIC 28 4-13 1-1 2 2 4 2 1 1 0 9 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEBBER DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 36-96 17-24 23 34 57 18 21 6 14 93 (.375) (.708) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

HOUSTON 24 27 24 32 - 107 SACRAMENTO 19 28 19 27 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 4, PIPPEN, HARRINGTON. SACRAMENTO - FUNDERBURKE, C WILLIAMSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 8-14 (.571), PIPPEN 1-3, OLAJUWON 1-1, DICKERSON 1-2, MOBLEY 2-2, BULLARD 2-2, PRICE 1-4. SACRAMENTO 4-19 (.211), DIVAC 1-3, J WILLIAMS 2-5, BARRY 0-1, HAWKINS 0-1, MAXWELL 1-5, STOJAKOVIC 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, GARY BENSON, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 17,317. T - 2:11.


Box Score

HOUSTON (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 25 6-14 3-6 6-11 5 0 15 Pippen 44 6-15 4-4 0-4 5 3 17 Olajuwon 33 11-23 1-1 2-9 2 2 24 Dickerson 39 4-8 1-2 0-3 2 5 10 Mobley 45 5-9 2-2 0-2 3 2 14 Bullard 13 3-4 0-0 0-3 0 2 8 Harrington 17 5-6 3-3 0-7 1 4 13 Miller 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Price 23 2-7 1-3 0-1 6 1 6 Carr DNP - coach's decision Drew DNP - coach's decision Mack DNP - sprained right thumb _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-86 15-21 8-40 24 19 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Pippen 1-3, Olajuwon 1-1, Dickerson 1-2, Mobley 2-2, Bullard 2-2, Price 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Olajuwon 4, Pippen, Harrington). Turnovers: 8 (Harrington 2, Olajuwon 2, Pippen 2, Barkley, Mobley). Steals: 9 (Pippen 3, Mobley 2, Olajuwon 2, Barkley, Bullard).

SACRAMENTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Funderburke 36 9-13 0-0 9-15 2 3 18 C Williamson 23 2-10 3-6 1-2 1 1 7 Divac 38 7-15 1-2 1-13 5 1 16 Abdul-wahad 23 3-11 1-1 2-8 0 3 7 J Williams 36 9-20 1-2 2-4 3 1 21 Barry 18 0-2 6-6 1-2 3 6 6 Hawkins 13 0-2 0-0 3-5 1 1 0 Maxwell 25 2-10 4-6 2-4 1 4 9 Stojakovic 28 4-13 1-1 2-4 2 1 9 James DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision Webber DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-96 17-24 23-57 18 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Divac 1-3, J Williams 2-5, Barry 0-1, Hawkins 0-1, Maxwell 1-5, Stojakovic 0-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Funderburke, C Williamson). Turnovers: 14 (Divac 4, Abdul-wahad 3, Funderburke 3, J Williams 2, Hawkins, Maxwell). Steals: 6 (C Williamson 3, Abdul-wahad, J Williams, Stojakovic). ____________________________________________ Houston 24 27 24 32 - 107 Sacramento 19 28 19 27 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:11. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Gary Benson, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Hakeem Olajuwon scored 24 points as the red-hot Houston Rockets took advantage of the absence of Chris Webber and recorded their eighth straight win, 107-93 over the Sacramento Kings.

The Rockets (21-9) are in the midst of their longest winning streak since a nine-game run from November 18-December 9, 1997. They have won nine straight meetings from the Kings, including their last five visits to Sacramento.

"The "Dream" (Olajuwon) was great," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I thought he did a good job of finding his shots out on the floor. That's four games in five nights for us and we looked worn out. We really need an off day bad."

Webber, who leads the Kings in scoring and rebounding, missed the contest due to the flu. Sacramento stayed close throughout the game, which featured six lead changes and 10 ties before swinging in Houston's favor late in the third quarter.

"When we heard Webber wasn't going to play, I thought that was dangerous because it takes all the pressure off them and it would have been hard to beat them," Tomjanovich added. "But I told the guys that we can't let human nature take over and think it's gonna be easy with (Lawrence) Funderburke because he can put the ball in the basket too."

Rookie Cuttino Mobley, who scored 14 points, capped a 10-3 spurt by draining a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the third period, giving the Rockets a 75-66 cushion.

"We just got beat," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "Houston played a terrific game. Their post people were good. They made a lot of shots, a lot of (3-pointers) and we just didn't have any answers for them. It was as simple as that."

But the Kings, the NBA's highest-scoring team, made one last run. Trailing 98-80 with 4:57 left, Sacramento ran off 11 unanswered points to close within seven with 1:58 to go.

Scottie Pippen snuffed the run and the Kings' comeback by beating the shot clock with a desperation 3-pointer from the right sideline over Jon Barry with 1:34 remaining.

"It seemed like every time they needed a big shot, they hit it," Adelman added.

Pippen scored 17 points and Charles Barkley, hampered by back spasms, collected 11 of his 15 in the fourth quarter to go with 11 rebounds.

"We came out knowing this was going to be a difficult game," said Pippen. "It's hard to prepare for a team when they lose a superstar like Chris Webber. We didn't want to go in and underestimate this team. We just had to come out and do what we do to try to maintain what we've been working on over the last three weeks."

Rookie Jason Williams scored 21 points and Funderburke filled in for Webber with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

"I'm really disappointed that we came out and played pretty well the first half and then we just gave in in the second," said Funderburke. "This was a really important game. I think sometimes when the game is over, you realize that. But you can't make up for lost time."

The Kings had a modest two-game winning streak snapped.

Othella Harrington collected 13 points off the bench and rookie Michael Dickerson added 10 for Houston, which shot 49 percent (42-of-86) and committed just eight turnovers.

Olajuwon was 11-of-23 from the field, including his third 3-pointer of the season at the final buzzer.

Vlade Divac had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 38 percent (36-of-96) and held a commanding 57-40 advantage on the boards.

"Houston just really came here to play and did a great job, especially in the second half," Divac said. "We didn't shoot the ball well tonight and that's probably why they got their big run. Once they built the big lead, we just didn't have enough to catch them."

Sacramento yielded 14 points off 13 turnovers.

Tariq Abdul-Wahad's 22-footer with 36 seconds left in the first half pulled Sacramento within 51-47 at the break.

Williams made a layup with 3:16 remaining in the third quarter as the Kings closed to 68-65. Pippen sank two free throws and Harrington drilled a 15-footer before Mobley's shot from beyond the arc gave the Rockets a 10-point lead.

Dickerson hit a 3-pointer and Pippen made an eight-foot hook shot to give the Rockets their biggest lead, 98-80, with 4:59 left.

Rookie Predraj Stojakovic and Wiliams each made layups and Divac added a three-foot hook and layup around a free throw by Vernon Maxwell before Pippen settled matters with his 24-footer.

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