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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 23 30 27 28 108 GOLDEN STATE 24 29 22 25 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 23, STEVE FRANCIS 19, SHANDON ANDERSON 17 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 25, JASON CAFFEY 24, ANTAWN JAMISON 21

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - ANTHONY MILLER 13, KENNY THOMAS 12 GSW - JASON CAFFEY 10, DONYELL MARSHALL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 10,123


Extended Box

HOUSTON (108) AT GOLDEN STATE (100)

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

BULLARD F 18 0-9 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS F 25 5-11 1-3 0 3 3 2 2 2 1 13 MILLER C 27 2-5 1-2 2 11 13 0 6 1 2 5 ANDERSON G 43 6-12 5-6 3 3 6 3 3 6 2 17 FRANCIS G 37 7-19 4-5 5 2 7 10 3 1 4 19 THOMAS 30 6-8 1-1 6 6 12 1 5 0 2 13 MOBLEY 29 9-21 4-5 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 23 DREW 18 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 3 10 CURLEY 13 4-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 6 0 1 8 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION OLAJUWON DNP - INGUINAL HERNIA ROGERS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 43-101 16-22 18 33 51 21 27 11 17 108 (.426) (.727) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

CAFFEY F 42 7-13 10-16 2 8 10 1 3 0 1 24 JAMISON F 43 8-17 5-6 3 3 6 2 4 2 3 21 FOYLE C 11 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 BLAYLOCK G 40 11-18 2-2 0 6 6 11 1 2 4 25 V CUMMINGS G 33 4-10 1-2 3 3 6 1 5 4 3 11 MARSHALL 22 1-6 0-0 1 7 8 2 1 0 1 3 MACK 21 4-8 2-3 0 2 2 1 5 1 3 11 THOMAS 4 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 JACOBSEN 21 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 5 FARMER 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 DAMPIER DNP - REHAB LEFT KNEE YOUNG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-81 20-29 11 36 47 21 24 10 18 100 (.457) (.690) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 23 30 27 28 - 108 GOLDEN STATE 24 29 22 25 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - MILLER 2, WILLIAMS, BULLARD, MOBLEY, ANDERSON. GOLDEN STATE - JAMISON 2, FOYLE 2, CAFFEY, V CUMMINGS, MARSHALL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 6-24 (.250), BULLARD 0-2, WILLIAMS 2-5, ANDERSON 0-2, FRANCIS 1-5, MOBLEY 1-5, DREW 2-5. GOLDEN STATE 6-15 (.400), BLAYLOCK 1-3, V CUMMINGS 2-3, MARSHALL 1-3, MACK 1-2, THOMAS 0-2, JACOBSEN 1-1, FARMER 0-1. TECHNICALS: GOLDEN STATE - HEAD COACH ST JEAN. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, LEON WOOD, NOLAN FINE. A - 10,123. T - 2:15.


Box Score

HOUSTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bullard 18 0-9 0-0 1-5 2 1 0 Williams 25 5-11 1-3 0-3 2 2 13 Miller 27 2-5 1-2 2-13 0 6 5 Anderson 43 6-12 5-6 3-6 3 3 17 Francis 37 7-19 4-5 5-7 10 3 19 Thomas 30 6-8 1-1 6-12 1 5 13 Mobley 29 9-21 4-5 0-2 0 0 23 Drew 18 4-10 0-0 0-0 3 1 10 Curley 13 4-6 0-0 1-3 0 6 8 Gray DNP - coach's decision Olajuwon DNP - inguinal hernia Rogers DNP - not with team - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24043-101 16-22 18-51 21 27 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Bullard 0-2, Williams 2-5, Anderson 0-2, Francis 1-5, Mobley 1-5, Drew 2-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Miller 2, Williams, Bullard, Mobley, Anderson). Turnovers: 17 (Francis 4, Drew 3, Anderson 2, Miller 2, Mobley 2, Thomas 2, Curley, Williams). Steals: 11 (Anderson 6, Williams 2, Francis, Miller, Mobley).

GOLDEN STATE (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 42 7-13 10-16 2-10 1 3 24 Jamison 43 8-17 5-6 3-6 2 4 21 Foyle 11 0-2 0-0 1-5 0 0 0 Blaylock 40 11-18 2-2 0-6 11 1 25 V Cummings 33 4-10 1-2 3-6 1 5 11 Marshall 22 1-6 0-0 1-8 2 1 3 Mack 21 4-8 2-3 0-2 1 5 11 Thomas 4 0-2 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 Jacobsen 21 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 5 Farmer 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Dampier DNP - rehab left knee Young DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 20-29 11-47 21 24 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Blaylock 1-3, V Cummings 2-3, Marshall 1-3, Mack 1-2, Thomas 0-2, Jacobsen 1-1, Farmer 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Jamison 2, Foyle 2, Caffey, V Cummings, Marshall). Turnovers: 20 (Blaylock 4, Jamison 3, Mack 3, V Cummings 3, Caffey, Farmer, Jacobsen, Marshall, Thomas). Steals: 10 (V Cummings 4, Blaylock 2, Jamison 2, Jacobsen, Mack). ____________________________________________ Houston 23 30 27 28 - 108 Golden State 24 29 22 25 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Golden State 1 (Head Coach St Jean, 8:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,123. T: 2:15. Officials: Jim Clark, Leon Wood, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Rookie Steve Francis decided to go from his black headband to a white one after a tough first half and the ensuing results were like night and day.

Francis scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter, lifting the Rockets to a 108-100 victory over the lifeless Golden State Warriors, who matched their season-high 11-game losing streak.

In what was supposed to be Hakeem Olajuwon's first game back after missing 20 due to an inguinal hernia, the Rockets relied on their rookie point guard while their legendary center took another game off after being activated from the injured list earlier today.

Olajuwon did not join the team in Oakland and is expected to be back for Monday's game in Dallas, likely skipping Saturday's visit to Chicago.

Francis, the only first-year player currently leading his team in scoring, managed just four points over the first 24 minutes, misfiring on 7-of-8 shots in the half.

"In the first half what was I, 1-for-9?" Francis asked.

The Rockets managed to pull even just before the break on Bryce Drew's desperation 3-pointer that barely beat the buzzer and forged a 53-53 tie.

Francis made the headband change count, hitting a 3-pointer, a layup and a dunk during a decisive third-quarter run to give the Rockets a 65-59 lead with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter.

"Don't bring (the headband) up," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich joked. "That's a secret. These things matter."

"I felt the black headband looked good at first," Francis added. "I just wanted to try something different, but it blended in with my hair. I just switched up and wore the white in the second half. After that I just played more aggressively."

His layup with 20 seconds left in the period gave Houston an 80-74 advantage. The speedy 6-3, 193-pounder out of Maryland had 10 assists and grabbed seven boards for Houston, which snapped a seven-game road losing streak.

"Bryce's shot at the end of the second quarter really boosted us but our big men won this game for us tonight," Francis said. "Golden State leads the league in offensive rebounds, don't they? We did a hell of a job on the boards. It makes you feel that much better about basketball because of how hard it is to win in the NBA. Even at home it's hard to win. I think we never gave up."

Backcourt mate Cuttino Mobley, also wearing a headband, scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Rockets in front as they posted their first win in five games.

"I was lucky in the fourth quarter," Mobley said. "I've been in a slump in fourth quarters. I just played hard and the shots went in. I don't remember having a quarter like that ever."

Veteran point guard Mookie Blaylock played a solid game for the Warriors, collecting 25 points, six rebounds and 11 assists. But the Warriors fell to 0-29 when trailing after three quarters and matched their 11-game skid from November 17-December 8. Golden State is 0-8 since general manager Garry St. Jean took over the coaching duties from P.J. Carlesimo.

"We were not cohesive on either end of the floor," St. Jean said. "This allowed them to get the shots they needed, whether it was off the drive or penetration and kick out to the open man. They had it their way tonight."

Houston has won eight straight visits to Golden State and has taken 24 of the last 27 meetings overall.

"We've been double beat up," Tomjanovich said. "We just hung in there and made some big plays late in the game. It's a big emotional win for us. It's good to feel the guys going out and not feeling sorry for ourselves. Our effort was unbelievable. I enjoyed the hell out of it."

Shandon Anderson scored 17 points for the Rockets, who shot 43 percent (43-of-101) and held a 51-47 advantage on the boards. Rookie Kenny Thomas had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Walt Williams added 13 points for Houston, which forced 20 turnovers.

Anthony Miller started at center for Houston and grabbed 13 boards to go with five points in 27 minutes before fouling out. Drew scored 10 points to give the Rockets six players in double figures.

Jason Caffey had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 46 percent (37-of-81) and failed to post their first win since a 111-99 victory over Sacramento on December 20.

"At critical points in the game, we had a mental lapse," Golden State forward Antawn Jamison said. "So we're not there when we're supposed to be. Tonight was probably the best example of that. Throughout the whole game we were in it, then all of a sudden toward the end, we weren't doing what we were supposed to do on defense. We weren't rotating the way we were supposed to. Things like that hurt you."

Former Rocket Sam Mack buried an 18-footer to give the Rockets a 57-56 lead with 9:40 remaining in the third quarter. Anderson converted a three-point play and Francis followed with a layup as Houston went in front for good, 61-57, with 9:07 left.

Mack made another jumper but Williams and Miller each made a free throw before Francis' slam stretched the margin to 65-59 wtih 6:47 left.

Caffey's layup with 10:29 to play pulled the Warriors within one, but Bill Curley, signed by the Rockets earlier today, made a layup and Mobley hit two free throws to make it 84-79 with 9:30 remaining.

The Warriors stayed within striking distance but Francis scored on consecutive trips and the Rockets opened a 102-96 lead on Mobley's layup with 2:06 to go. Miller's layup with 1:27 remaining sealed the win.

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