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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 21 21 24 26 92 WASHINGTON 29 20 31 23 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 21, WALT WILLIAMS 20, CARLOS ROGERS 12 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 27, JAHIDI WHITE 15, ROD STRICKLAND 15

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - THOMAS HAMILTON 13, CARLOS ROGERS 7 WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 9, ROD STRICKLAND 7

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, KENNY THOMAS 3 WAS - MITCH RICHMOND 7, ROD STRICKLAND 6

ATT: 14,191


Extended Box

HOUSTON (92) AT WASHINGTON (103)

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

BULLARD F 25 1-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 3 ROGERS F 27 5-13 2-4 3 4 7 1 3 0 4 12 HAMILTON C 19 3-8 1-2 6 7 13 0 2 0 3 7 ANDERSON G 18 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 4 FRANCIS G 36 7-16 6-11 2 1 3 7 4 6 3 21 CATO 29 1-6 2-2 3 2 5 0 3 0 2 4 MOBLEY 25 4-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 9 WILLIAMS 23 8-16 3-5 0 3 3 1 2 1 0 20 THOMAS 22 0-3 2-4 2 3 5 3 3 2 1 2 DREW 16 4-7 0-0 3 0 3 2 0 2 1 10 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASSENBURG DNP - DID NOT DRESS

TOTALS 240 35-89 16-28 21 24 45 18 22 12 18 92 (.393) (.571) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 36 4-11 3-3 0 4 4 1 4 2 2 11 SMITH F 24 2-3 4-4 0 4 4 1 1 3 1 8 J WHITE C 30 7-12 1-1 5 4 9 0 3 0 2 15 RICHMOND G 37 9-19 8-8 1 5 6 7 2 3 1 27 STRICKLAND G 32 5-11 5-5 3 4 7 6 5 2 3 15 AUSTIN 18 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 6 C WHITNEY 14 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 8 A WILLIAMS 22 4-6 1-2 0 3 3 1 4 0 2 9 T MURRAY 12 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 2 JORDAN 11 0-1 0-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 2 0 KING 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 PROFIT 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 39-77 22-25 10 31 41 21 24 12 21 103 (.506) (.880) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

HOUSTON 21 21 24 26 - 92 WASHINGTON 29 20 31 23 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 6, WILLIAMS 2, ROGERS. WASHINGTON - J WHITE 5, HOWARD 2, RICHMOND, AUSTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 6-17 (.353), BULLARD 1-4, FRANCIS 1-3, MOBLEY 1-3, WILLIAMS 1-3, THOMAS 0-1, DREW 2-3. WASHINGTON 3-7 (.429), RICHMOND 1-4, STRICKLAND 0-1, C WHITNEY 2-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - MOBLEY, HEAD COACH TOMJANOVICH. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,191. T - 2:07.


Box Score

HOUSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 25 1-7 0-0 2-4 1 1 3 Rogers 27 5-13 2-4 3-7 1 3 12 Hamilton 19 3-8 1-2 6-13 0 2 7 Anderson 18 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 Francis 36 7-16 6-11 2-3 7 4 21 Cato 29 1-6 2-2 3-5 0 3 4 Mobley 25 4-11 0-0 0-1 1 2 9 Williams 23 8-16 3-5 0-3 1 2 20 Thomas 22 0-3 2-4 2-5 3 3 2 Drew 16 4-7 0-0 3-3 2 0 10 Gray DNP - coach's decision Massenburg DNP - did not dress _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 16-28 21-45 18 22 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Bullard 1-4, Francis 1-3, Mobley 1-3, Williams 1-3, Thomas 0-1, Drew 2-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Cato 6, Williams 2, Rogers). Turnovers: 18 (Rogers 4, Francis 3, Hamilton 3, Cato 2, Mobley 2, Anderson, Bullard, Drew, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Francis 6, Drew 2, Thomas 2, Mobley, Williams).

WASHINGTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 36 4-11 3-3 0-4 1 4 11 Smith 24 2-3 4-4 0-4 1 1 8 J White 30 7-12 1-1 5-9 0 3 15 Richmond 37 9-19 8-8 1-6 7 2 27 Strickland 32 5-11 5-5 3-7 6 5 15 Austin 18 3-7 0-0 0-2 4 1 6 C Whitney 14 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 8 A Williams 22 4-6 1-2 0-3 1 4 9 T Murray 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Jordan 11 0-1 0-2 0-4 0 2 0 King 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Profit 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 22-25 10-41 21 24 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Richmond 1-4, Strickland 0-1, C Whitney 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (J White 5, Howard 2, Richmond, Austin). Turnovers: 21 (C Whitney 3, Strickland 3, A Williams 2, Austin 2, Howard 2, J White 2, Jordan 2, T Murray 2, Profit, Richmond, Smith). Steals: 12 (Richmond 3, Smith 3, Howard 2, Strickland 2, Austin, C Whitney). ____________________________________________ Houston 21 21 24 26 - 92 Washington 29 20 31 23 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Mobley, 0:27 1st; Head Coach Tomjanovich, 5:57 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,191. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Crawford, Leroy Richardson, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Mitch Richmond sweated out his turkey and trimmings with 27 points, seven assists and three steals to lead the Washington Wizards to a 103-92 victory over Houston, spoiling the holiday homecoming of Rockets Steve Francis, Walt Williams and Tony Massenburg.

"I ate a lot of turkey this week," explained Richmond, who hit 9-of-19 field-goal attempts and 8-of-8 free throws, helping Washington go 22-of-25 from the line. "I came in about 10 o'clock today and ran it out of me because I knew I was going to be sluggish. Had to sweat out those yams and dressing. My legs felt good and I felt real comfortable today."

The Wizards got very comfortable with a 16-point lead in the third quarter, which they opened with a 9-0 run against the Rockets.

"The third quarter was big," Richmond said. "Their confidence was soaring every time Steve Francis would make a dunk. But we got off to a good start in the third quarter, something we haven't done in a long time. It felt good to get a big lead, which we kind of let slip away, but at least we didn't have to fight so much to come back in the fourth quarter."

Francis, a rookie from nearby University of Maryland (also the alma mater of Williams and Massenburg), led the Rockets with 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals. He made 7-of-16 field-goal attempts and 6-of-11 free throws.

"I'm going to be the ignition to this team," Francis said. "If this team's going to go, I have to get everyone involved, pass the ball around, and hit open shots, too. I think I played a good game today. I got my teammates involved. The only thing I messed up was I missed a lot of free throws and some easy layups.

"Personally, I thought I had a good game. Tomorrow, Coach will let me know."

Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said he's pleased with Francis' first two months of play in the NBA.

"I thought he did a pretty good job," Tomjanovich said of Francis' game. "He created a lot of situations but we just didn't catch the ball. We had a lot of those. But I think he's progressing very nicely. He's a good kid and he works hard. Of course, there's room for a lot of improvement, but he's done a hell of a lot already.

"He needs to work on recognizing his shots. He passes up a lot of shots he can make to drive in. I like the penetration, but you can overpenetrate a lot. And he's got a real good, solid shot. When he starts taking it more, that's really going to open up his game. I don't know that you ever give a guy the green light. But I just keep telling him to create situtations for yourself and teammates."

Williams, who scored 20 points, knew all too well what Francis was going through, even though his time in college ended seven years ago.

"This crowd always makes me feel like I'm back playing at Maryland," said Williams, who knew that Maryland coach Gary Williams was in the MCI Center. "The first couple of times I came back home I was very nervous and just wanting to do good for the hometown fans. As you get older, you don't put so much pressure on yourself."

Williams said he's there for Francis, yet he will not force anything upon the gifted rookie.

"I play streetball with him, so I know the kind of talent he has," Walt Williams said. "The things he's doing out on the court are not surprising me. He's a great player with a lot of upside to his game. He's going to be one of the great ones.

"But to tell you the truth, there are so many people in his ear that my style is to just chill and lay back until he comes to me with some questions. Then I'll give him some sound advice. I'm there for him, but I'm not going to try to tell him what to do."

Francis, meanwhile, got caught up in the pre-game homecoming charge, then concentrated on playing basketball.

"Golly," Fracis said of his first NBA appearance here since the 1999 draft. "My grandmother was right there. My agent was right there. I had a lot of fans who were sitting real close. So I was happy just to see my family and friends at the same time. But at the same time, I knew my job here was to play pro basketball, so I tried to block all that out and get my team ready to play.

"The majority of the people here were showing me love. Of course, you've still got some people out there who don't like Steve Francis, but I can understand that."

As for coach Williams being in the MCI Center.

"Yeah, I got to talk with him a little bit," Francis said. "I'm sure he'll have some things to critique."

Francis nearly brought down the house with a dunk over crosstown college rival Jahidi White of Georgetown to pull the Rockets to a 39-39 tie with 4:16 remaining in the second quarter, but this game belonged to Washington.

Rod Strickland finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists. White had 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots, and Juwan Howard scored 11.

"Jahidi has given us a big spark by blocking shots, rebounding and filling the lane," Richmond said of White, who started his fifth consecutive game in place of Ike Austin. "Whenever he can score 15 or 16 points, that's a plus for us. He's been doing an excellent job. And on the road trip, Ike played well, too."

And yet, the Wizards were willing to give Francis his due, just not the victory.

"He's from here, he did his thing at Maryland, and people here appreciate what he's done," Strickland said of Francis. "They showed that for him today. For us, it was just a matter of trying to contain him. He has a lot of offensive tools so you want to force him to take a low-percentage shot. But he's so talented and athletic, he's going to make some things happen.

"He's in contention for Rookie of the Year with (Lamar) Odom and somebody else. He's athletic and has great one-on-one skills. People were worried about whether or not he could play the point, but with those kind of skills he's going to make a spot for himself."

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