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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 19 28 26 26 99 HOUSTON 30 29 16 27 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 29, JON BARRY 19, NICK ANDERSON 14 HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 22, SHANDON ANDERSON 19, STEVE FRANCIS 17

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 11, SCOT POLLARD 10 HOU - KENNY THOMAS 9, KELVIN CATO 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JON BARRY 8, JASON WILLIAMS 7 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, MOOCHIE NORRIS 5

ATT: 15,754


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (99) AT HOUSTON (102)

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

WEBBER F 45 11-26 5-7 3 8 11 6 3 1 3 29 C WILLIAMSON F 9 3-9 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 DIVAC C 16 1-6 1-2 5 0 5 0 2 2 3 3 ANDERSON G 33 6-14 0-0 3 5 8 3 3 1 3 14 J WILLIAMS G 20 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 7 2 2 6 0 STOJAKOVIC 15 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 6 POLLARD 36 4-6 2-3 3 7 10 3 3 3 1 10 MARTIN 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 BARRY 34 6-9 5-5 1 5 6 8 3 0 0 19 DELK 26 6-14 0-0 2 3 5 2 5 5 1 12 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-95 15-19 17 34 51 31 23 14 20 99 (.411) (.789) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 33 3-10 1-1 2 7 9 2 4 0 1 8 WILLIAMS F 14 3-10 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 4 6 OLAJUWON C 16 0-1 1-2 1 4 5 2 2 2 2 1 ANDERSON G 31 6-11 4-4 0 4 4 2 2 3 1 19 FRANCIS G 35 6-13 4-4 3 2 5 9 3 2 8 17 CATO 28 3-7 1-2 2 6 8 0 3 2 1 7 MOBLEY 33 8-14 5-6 1 5 6 1 1 1 3 22 NORRIS 25 5-9 4-5 0 4 4 5 2 3 2 16 DREW 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 ROGERS 19 1-6 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 1 1 3 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-83 21-26 11 37 48 25 21 15 23 102 (.434) (.808) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 19 28 26 26 - 99 HOUSTON 30 29 16 27 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 2, POLLARD. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON, CATO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 6-17 (.353), WEBBER 2-3, ANDERSON 2-7, J WILLIAMS 0-2, STOJAKOVIC 0-2, BARRY 2-3. HOUSTON 9-24 (.375), THOMAS 1-5, WILLIAMS 0-3, ANDERSON 3-6, FRANCIS 1-3, MOBLEY 1-3, NORRIS 2-2, DREW 1-1, ROGERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, ED F RUSH, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 15,754. T - 2:15.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 45 11-26 5-7 3-11 6 3 29 C Williamson 9 3-9 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Divac 16 1-6 1-2 5-5 0 2 3 Anderson 33 6-14 0-0 3-8 3 3 14 J Williams 20 0-3 0-0 0-4 7 2 0 Stojakovic 15 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 1 6 Pollard 36 4-6 2-3 3-10 3 3 10 Martin 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Barry 34 6-9 5-5 1-6 8 3 19 Delk 26 6-14 0-0 2-5 2 5 12 Corbin DNP - coach's decision Funderburke DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-95 15-19 17-51 31 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Webber 2-3, Anderson 2-7, J Williams 0-2, Stojakovic 0-2, Barry 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber 2, Pollard). Turnovers: 20 (J Williams 6, Anderson 3, Divac 3, Webber 3, Stojakovic 2, Delk, Martin, Pollard). Steals: 14 (Delk 5, Pollard 3, Divac 2, J Williams 2, Anderson, Webber).

HOUSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 33 3-10 1-1 2-9 2 4 8 Williams 14 3-10 0-0 1-3 2 2 6 Olajuwon 16 0-1 1-2 1-5 2 2 1 Anderson 31 6-11 4-4 0-4 2 2 19 Francis 35 6-13 4-4 3-5 9 3 17 Cato 28 3-7 1-2 2-8 0 3 7 Mobley 33 8-14 5-6 1-6 1 1 22 Norris 25 5-9 4-5 0-4 5 2 16 Drew 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Rogers 19 1-6 1-2 1-4 2 1 3 Gray DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 21-26 11-48 25 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 9-24, .375 (Thomas 1-5, Williams 0-3, Anderson 3-6, Francis 1-3, Mobley 1-3, Norris 2-2, Drew 1-1, Rogers 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Olajuwon, Cato). Turnovers: 23 (Francis 8, Williams 4, Mobley 3, Norris 2, Olajuwon 2, Anderson, Cato, Rogers, Thomas). Steals: 15 (Anderson 3, Norris 3, Cato 2, Francis 2, Olajuwon 2, Drew, Mobley, Rogers). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 19 28 26 26 - 99 Houston 30 29 16 27 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,754. T: 2:15. Officials: Don Vaden, Ed F Rush, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Moochie Norris scored a career-high 16 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:12 to play, as the Houston Rockets blew a 19-point lead before holding off the road-weary Sacramento Kings, 102-99.

Norris, a second-year guard out of Auburn, was signed for the rest of the season by the Rockets last month, but had averaged just 4.6 points over his first five games. Tonight, the 6-1, 175-pounder proved his worth.

After Chris Webber made a hook in the lane to pull Sacramento even at 88-88, Norris calmly buried a 24-footer to put the Rockets in front to stay. He made a pair of clutch free throws with 12 seconds left to give Houston a 100-96 lead.

"Moochie was fantastic," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He passed well, was active on the boards and hit a huge 3. We like him and hopefully he will keep growing with the team."

"I thought I played well," Morris said. "I just tried to play hard and create opportunities for my teammates. The intensity was high out there. It was an up-and-down game tonight, which plays right into my style."

Cuttino Mobley scored 22 points and Shandon Anderson added 19 for the Rockets, who avoided their first season sweep against the Kings since the 1979-80 campaign. They have won 12 of their last 15 meetings with Sacramento.

Norris also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes.

"Moochie was unbelievable out there, he's a real asset," Mobley said. "He pushes the ball, gets everyone involved and can knock down the shot. He makes us a bit quicker."

"It was good for us to get this type of game," Anderson said. "When you run and get the ball up the court, it gets your blood flowing. The up-tempo style of game is fun and Sacramento makes you play that type of game."

Webber had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who have lost six in a row on the road since a 113-110 triumph at Detroit on February 2.

"This has been the story for us the last couple of weeks," said Webber. "We get behind too much, too early and have to play catch up."

The Kings have lost seven of nine overall. They slipped one game behind seventh-place Minnesota in the Western Conference but hold a comfortable 6 1/2-game cushion over Denver for the final playoff spot.

"It was a tough loss," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We talked to the team before the game about how Houston was playing and what to expect. And we didn't hear it. We have to play well the whole game and we didn't and it cost us the game."

Mobley made consecutive baskets early in the second quarter to give Houston a 36-21 cushion. The Rockets appeared to have matters settled early when Norris converted a three-point play with 4:06 left in the half that pushed the advantage to 53-34.

"We let them set the tone and we had to fight back. But it was too late," Adelman said. "It's not the pressure, we are not playing well and we are not getting the job done as a team."

But the Kings came roaring back with a 13-4 run capped by Nick Anderson's 3-pointer that cut the margin to 57-47 with 1:06 remaining in the half. Houston rookie Steve Francis beat the buzzer with a dunk to give the Rockets a 12-point bulge at the break.

The Kings outscored the Rockets, 26-16, in the third quarter and shaved the deficit to 75-73 with 33 seconds left when Webber hit a 25-footer.

Sacramento's Jon Barry scored a season-high 19 points off the bench and gave the Kings a 78-77 lead with a 3-pointer with 9:38 to play. The final period featured four ties until Norris' 3-pointer.

"You can't spot a team 19 points and expect to come back and win the game," Barry said. "When you let a team do what they want to do, it gives them a lot of confidence."

Francis scored 17 points for Houston, which shot 43 percent (36-of-83) and overcame 23 turnovers.

"This was a big win. We did a good job defensively and our bench gave us a big lift," Tomjanovich said. "It got interesting at the end. Some crazy things have happened to us this year at the end of games. The positive is that we got the win."

Anderson scored 14 points, Tony Delk 12 and Scot Pollard added 10 and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 41 percent (39-of-95) and held a 51-48 advantage on the boards.

Kings second-year point guard Jason Williams had a dreadful night, going scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting with six turnovers in 20 minutes.

"When the flow of the game is going against us, Jason has to learn to relax and not be too impatient," Adelman said.

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