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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 23 29 24 21 97 LA LAKERS 16 20 18 27 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 22, CARLOS ROGERS 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 LAL - GLEN RICE 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 11, SHANDON ANDERSON 7 LAL - AC GREEN 9, TYRONN LUE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, CUTTINO MOBLEY 4 LAL - AC GREEN 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,359


Extended Box

HOUSTON (97) AT LA LAKERS (81)

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

CATO F 14 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 4 WILLIAMS F 26 2-7 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 1 2 7 OLAJUWON C 32 6-12 0-0 1 10 11 1 1 4 4 12 ANDERSON G 36 4-10 1-1 2 5 7 3 2 2 1 9 FRANCIS G 34 6-11 7-8 0 4 4 7 2 2 6 22 MASSENBURG 21 3-8 2-2 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 8 MOBLEY 29 1-7 4-4 1 1 2 4 3 1 1 6 ROGERS 26 6-6 4-4 1 5 6 1 1 1 3 16 DREW 18 5-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 12 THOMAS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HAMILTON 1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 BARKLEY DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 35-71 21-23 9 35 44 18 21 12 20 97 (.493) (.913) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

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

GREEN F 35 3-8 4-4 6 3 9 4 2 1 2 10 RICE F 34 2-12 7-8 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 11 SALLEY C 19 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 1 0 4 FISHER G 24 3-9 3-4 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 10 HARPER G 18 2-7 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 6 FOX 20 3-9 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 8 LUE 27 5-9 0-0 2 5 7 3 3 0 2 10 SHAW 27 3-7 2-2 1 0 1 2 3 1 2 9 KNIGHT 9 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 GEORGE 13 3-8 0-1 2 1 3 0 1 2 2 7 HORRY 14 2-8 0-0 3 1 4 3 0 4 0 4 ONEAL DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 28-83 22-25 15 24 39 15 21 9 15 81 (.337) (.880) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

HOUSTON 23 29 24 21 - 97 LA LAKERS 16 20 18 27 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 6, ROGERS, WILLIAMS, MASSENBURG, CATO. LA LAKERS - KNIGHT 2, SHAW, SALLEY, GEORGE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 6-16 (.375), WILLIAMS 1-3, ANDERSON 0-2, FRANCIS 3-6, MOBLEY 0-3, DREW 2-2. LA LAKERS 3-9 (.333), RICE 0-2, FISHER 1-3, FOX 0-1, SHAW 1-1, GEORGE 1-1, HORRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH JACKSON 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, GARY BENSON, LEON WOOD. A - 18,359. T - 2:13.


Box Score

HOUSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cato 14 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 4 4 Williams 26 2-7 2-2 1-4 2 3 7 Olajuwon 32 6-12 0-0 1-11 1 1 12 Anderson 36 4-10 1-1 2-7 3 2 9 Francis 34 6-11 7-8 0-4 7 2 22 Massenburg 21 3-8 2-2 2-5 0 2 8 Mobley 29 1-7 4-4 1-2 4 3 6 Rogers 26 6-6 4-4 1-6 1 1 16 Drew 18 5-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 12 Thomas 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Hamilton 1 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 Barkley DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 21-23 9-44 18 21 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.913. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Williams 1-3, Anderson 0-2, Francis 3-6, Mobley 0-3, Drew 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 10 (Olajuwon 6, Rogers, Williams, Massenburg, Cato). Turnovers: 20 (Francis 6, Olajuwon 4, Rogers 3, Cato 2, Williams 2, Anderson, Massenburg, Mobley). Steals: 12 (Olajuwon 4, Anderson 2, Francis 2, Massenburg, Mobley, Rogers, Williams).

LA LAKERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 35 3-8 4-4 6-9 4 2 10 Rice 34 2-12 7-8 0-4 1 1 11 Salley 19 2-5 0-0 1-5 0 3 4 Fisher 24 3-9 3-4 0-1 0 2 10 Harper 18 2-7 2-2 0-2 0 2 6 Fox 20 3-9 2-2 0-3 1 1 8 Lue 27 5-9 0-0 2-7 3 3 10 Shaw 27 3-7 2-2 1-1 2 3 9 Knight 9 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 3 2 George 13 3-8 0-1 2-3 0 1 7 Horry 14 2-8 0-0 3-4 3 0 4 Oneal DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-83 22-25 15-39 15 21 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Rice 0-2, Fisher 1-3, Fox 0-1, Shaw 1-1, George 1-1, Horry 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Knight 2, Shaw, Salley, George). Turnovers: 17 (Fisher 2, Fox 2, George 2, Green 2, Lue 2, Shaw 2, Harper, Knight, Rice). Steals: 9 (Horry 4, George 2, Green, Salley, Shaw). ____________________________________________ Houston 23 29 24 21 - 97 La Lakers 16 20 18 27 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Head Coach Jackson 2 (ejected), 5:17 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,359. T: 2:13. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Gary Benson, Leon Wood.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- While most of the pregame discussion focused on the fight between superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley earlier this week, it took the Houston Rockets just over eight minutes to land an early knockout.

Rookie Steve Francis scored eight of his 22 points during a run of 15 straight points midway through the first quarter as the Rockets posted their first victory of the season by pasting the Los Angeles Lakers, 97-81.

O'Neal and Barkley, two of the NBA's biggest and most visible stars, engaged in a heated fight during the Lakers' 89-88 win at Houston on Wednesday. Both players were fined and suspended for tonight's game but Houston did not need Barkley and O'Neal could not have made up for the Lakers' poor shooting.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson joined O'Neal as a spectator with 5:17 left in the third quarter. He drew the ire of referee Bennett Salvatore and was ejected after being hit with consecutive technical fouls.

"I wasn't going to stay around and watch that kind of ballgame," Jackson said. "I think the fans probably understand why because they left about the same time I did."

It was redemption for Francis, the second overall pick in the draft who has had a rough start to his NBA career. He has been guilty of trying to do too much and missed a potential winning shot at the buzzer on Wednesday.

"He's coming," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "He's starting to find his niche, he's starting to get involved. We have been trying to get him to penetrate in the middle of the defense."

"Without those two guys (O'Neal and Barkley) clogging up the middle it turned into an open game," Francis said. "I feel good that we got a victory, but I still feel that we must get much better if we want to contend in this league."

The Lakers led 6-4 with 6:32 to go in the first quarter before Hakeem Olajuwon hit a layup. Francis drained a 3-pointer to give Houston the lead for good and a steal and dunk by Tony Maassenburg made it 11-6 with 5:22 remaining.

Shandon Anderson converted a three-point play 15 seconds later before Francis hit a driving layup and long 3-pointer to cap the burst at 19-6 with 3:27 left.

In the quarter, Francis made 3-of-5 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. Houston shot 56 percent (10-of-18) from the field and held Los Angeles to 30 percent (7-of-23).

Los Angeles got within 23-18 early in the second quarter before Houston used a 9-0 spurt to push its lead to 14. The Rockets ended any comeback hopes of the Lakers by scoring 10 straight points in the final 3:06 of the first half, opening a 52-36 lead. The Lakers got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way and trailed by 22 at the end of the third quarter.

Los Angeles shot 33 percent (28-of-83) from the field and saw its starting five make just 12-of-41 shots.

"When everybody is shooting like that you got to look at it as one of those things," said Glen Rice, who made 2-of-12 shots. "Our legs were a little tired; we were definitely a step behind tonight."

The Rockets (1-5), who were eliminated by the Lakers in four games in the first round of the playoffs last season, were off to their worst start since 1982, when they lost their first nine games.

"Obviously it was a much-needed win," Tomjanovich added. "We've had some tough luck starting this season."

Aging John Salley started for O'Neal and had four points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.

"I was just expected to play, that's it," Salley said. "No one is going to score like Shaq. That is not my job, I am just supposed to back up Shaq. The fact that we have a great scoring center is one thing, but in this offense anyone could play center."

The Lakers did regain the services of veteran forward Robert Horry, who had missed the first six games of the season with a sore left knee.

Horry played 14 minutes tonight but was just 2-of-8 from the field, adding four rebounds, four steals and three assists. To make room for Horry, the Lakers cut second-year guard Sam Jacobson, who averaged 3.3 points in three contests this season.

Kelvin Cato filled in for Barkley and had just four points and two rebounds in 14 foul-plagued minutes.

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