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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 27 27 21 28 103 GOLDEN STATE 25 20 26 24 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 27, WALT WILLIAMS 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 27, CHRIS MILLS 19, DONYELL MARSHALL 16

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - CHARLES BARKLEY 16, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 15 GSW - DONYELL MARSHALL 15, ANTAWN JAMISON 13

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 GSW - DAMON JONES 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 11,684


Extended Box

HOUSTON (103) AT GOLDEN STATE (95)

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

CATO F 23 3-8 1-2 0 6 6 0 2 0 0 7 WILLIAMS F 29 5-8 1-1 0 2 2 1 3 2 1 16 OLAJUWON C 33 6-16 3-4 3 12 15 0 2 2 2 15 ANDERSON G 21 3-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 6 FRANCIS G 42 7-13 9-10 1 4 5 8 2 1 1 27 ROGERS 19 1-2 4-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 6 BARKLEY 26 5-17 5-7 9 7 16 2 3 1 1 15 MOBLEY 27 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 4 4 MASSENBURG 14 2-3 3-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 7 DREW 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 HAMILTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-85 26-32 14 35 49 19 17 8 11 103 (.400) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

JAMISON F 36 13-23 1-2 6 7 13 1 4 2 3 27 MARSHALL F 35 4-11 7-8 3 12 15 2 3 0 1 16 FOYLE C 31 4-12 0-0 7 4 11 0 3 0 4 8 JONES G 36 3-14 3-3 0 4 4 10 5 0 2 9 STARKS G 27 2-12 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 1 0 7 T CUMMINGS 14 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 4 MILLS 33 8-12 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 19 FARMER 8 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 0 3 2 V CUMMINGS 12 1-1 1-2 1 2 3 4 0 0 2 3 LEGLER 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 BLAYLOCK DNP - RIGHT CALF STRAIN CAFFEY DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE/ACHILLES

TOTALS 240 38-95 16-19 21 36 57 26 28 4 15 95 (.400) (.842) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

HOUSTON 27 27 21 28 - 103 GOLDEN STATE 25 20 26 24 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 3, FRANCIS. GOLDEN STATE - FOYLE 5, V CUMMINGS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 9-19 (.474), WILLIAMS 5-8, FRANCIS 4-7, BARKLEY 0-1, MOBLEY 0-2, DREW 0-1. GOLDEN STATE 3-13 (.231), MARSHALL 1-2, JONES 0-4, STARKS 1-5, MILLS 1-1, FARMER 0-1. TECHNICALS: GOLDEN STATE - MILLS. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DAN CRAWFORD, DEE KANTNER. A - 11,684. T - 2:18.


Box Score

HOUSTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cato 23 3-8 1-2 0-6 0 2 7 Williams 29 5-8 1-1 0-2 1 3 16 Olajuwon 33 6-16 3-4 3-15 0 2 15 Anderson 21 3-10 0-0 0-0 3 1 6 Francis 42 7-13 9-10 1-5 8 2 27 Rogers 19 1-2 4-4 1-3 0 1 6 Barkley 26 5-17 5-7 9-16 2 3 15 Mobley 27 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 0 4 Massenburg 14 2-3 3-4 0-1 0 3 7 Drew 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Hamilton DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 26-32 14-49 19 17 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Williams 5-8, Francis 4-7, Barkley 0-1, Mobley 0-2, Drew 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Olajuwon 3, Francis). Turnovers: 12 (Mobley 4, Olajuwon 2, Anderson, Barkley, Drew, Francis, Williams). Steals: 8 (Olajuwon 2, Williams 2, Anderson, Barkley, Francis, Mobley).

GOLDEN STATE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 36 13-23 1-2 6-13 1 4 27 Marshall 35 4-11 7-8 3-15 2 3 16 Foyle 31 4-12 0-0 7-11 0 3 8 Jones 36 3-14 3-3 0-4 10 5 9 Starks 27 2-12 2-2 0-0 4 2 7 T Cummings 14 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 4 Mills 33 8-12 2-2 2-3 2 2 19 Farmer 8 1-3 0-0 2-6 0 5 2 V Cummings 12 1-1 1-2 1-3 4 0 3 Legler 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Blaylock DNP - right calf strain Caffey DNP - sore right ankle/achilles _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-95 16-19 21-57 26 28 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Marshall 1-2, Jones 0-4, Starks 1-5, Mills 1-1, Farmer 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Foyle 5, V Cummings). Turnovers: 15 (Foyle 4, Farmer 3, Jamison 3, Jones 2, V Cummings 2, Marshall). Steals: 4 (Jamison 2, Starks, T Cummings). ____________________________________________ Houston 27 27 21 28 - 103 Golden State 25 20 26 24 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Golden State 1 (Mills, 8:12 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Golden State 1 (Foyle, 9:53 3rd). A: 11,684. T: 2:18. Officials: Bill Spooner, Dan Crawford, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Rookie Steve Francis has come out of his shell.

Francis scored 10 of his season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 103-95, for their eighth straight victory here.

Walt Williams added 16 points for the Rockets, who have taken 23 of their last 26 meetings with Golden State. Houston also won for the second time in as many nights behind Francis, the second overall pick in the draft.

"It's going to take time for everyone to blend together," he said. "At the same time, we don't want to rush it because we don't want to peak too early. We want to peak at the end of the season."

The explosive guard scored 22 points in Friday's 97-81 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston's first victory of the season following five losses.

In 42 minutes tonight, Francis was 7-of-13 from the field and converted nine of his 10 foul shots. He also added eight assists and five rebounds with just one turnover and is now averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game.

"He's a good player and he's trying to find his niche," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He's getting more confidence. Eight assists and one turnover, that's big. He's really proud of that."

Despite only playing seven games, Francis has earned praise from center Hakeem Olajuwon as a young leader on the club.

"He brings so much to the team; quickness, explosiveness, leadership and he has big responsibility," Olajuwon said. "He's the ideal guy to take that position."

Francis, meanwhile, said he is merely following the lead of the veterans, players like Olajuwon and star forward Charles Barkley.

"They can yell at me," Francis said. "If they want me to be in practice two hours before or two hours after, I'll be there. They want me to carry their bags, answer the phone, whatever."

Antawn Jamison registered a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who played without Mookie Blaylock. The veteran guard was scratched due to a strained right calf.

Barkley returned after serving a one-game suspension for his part in Wednesday's fight with Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers but did not start after missing the team's shootaround.

In 26 minutes off the bench, Barkley collected 15 points and 16 rebounds but was just 5-of-17 from the field.

Tomjanovich did not offer a reason for Barkley's absence but said it was in the team's best interest not to start him.

"I know Charles likes this team and wants to do the right thing but I thought that was the right thing to do," Tomjanovich said.

Olajuwon also collected a double-double for the Rockets with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Despite the work of Barkley and Olajuwon on the boards, the Rockets were outrebounded, 57-49. Each team shot just 40 percent from the field.

Tomjanovich also liked the fact that the Rockets committed only 11 turnovers.

"I'm going to celebrate on the way home with a couple of shrimp cocktails," he said.

Chris Mills scored 19 points while Donyell Marshall had 16 and 13 rebounds for the Warriors (1-5), who were unable to build on Friday's victory at Vancouver.

"The first four games, they don't even count to us because we didn't play basketball and didn't play our style of basketball," Jamison said. "Last night and tonight, we put ourselves in a position to win but didn't capitalize on it (tonight)."

After Mills' 3-pointer pulled the Warriors within 89-84 with 4:18 remaining, the Rockets used a 6-0 spurt to open a 95-84 lead on Francis' basket with 2:38 remaining. Golden State got no closer than the final score thereafter.

"A loss is a loss," said Golden State guard John Starks, who had seven points. "There's no positives or any moral victories. We just didn't play well and they're a a beatable team."

The Rockets grabbed an early advantage, taking a 15-8 lead on Francis' 3-pointer with 7:27 remaining in the first period. Golden State closed to 27-25 at the end of the quarter before the Rockets arriors spurted again to build a 44-35 edge on Williams' 3-pointer with 5:54 left in the half.

"We played poorly defensively in the first half, particularly against the pick and roll," Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We didn't rotate very well and didn't get to Walt Williams early in the game."

Trailing 54-45 at the intermission, the Warriors outscored the Rockets 26-21 into the third period to close to 75-71 entering the final 12 minutes.

But the Warriors never were able to grab the lead, falling behind, 82-73, on Francis' 3-pointer with 8:19 to play.

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