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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 28 26 23 23 100 VANCOUVER 20 26 22 34 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 30, CUTTINO MOBLEY 18, KELVIN CATO 16 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 27, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 21, MICHAEL DICKERSON 19

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KELVIN CATO 13, KENNY THOMAS 11 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 14, FELIPE LOPEZ 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 5, MOOCHIE NORRIS 4 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 12,742


Extended Box

HOUSTON (100) AT VANCOUVER (102)

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

THOMAS F 36 3-10 4-4 3 8 11 2 2 0 2 10 WILLIAMS F 20 4-5 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 2 3 9 CATO C 36 7-10 2-2 3 10 13 1 0 0 1 16 ANDERSON G 31 3-10 3-3 1 6 7 3 1 0 4 9 FRANCIS G 40 13-24 1-2 1 3 4 5 4 1 6 30 BULLARD 22 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 MOBLEY 28 6-11 4-4 2 5 7 0 3 0 3 18 NORRIS 18 2-5 1-1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 6 DREW 9 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - POST CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 39-82 15-16 12 39 51 16 18 3 21 100 (.476) (.938) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 48 7-17 6-6 1 13 14 1 2 2 1 21 HARRINGTON F 8 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 4 REEVES C 28 4-12 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 10 BIBBY G 41 11-20 3-4 1 3 4 10 3 2 2 27 DICKERSON G 37 7-18 4-6 0 2 2 3 3 3 4 19 EKEZIE 12 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 3 LOPEZ 28 6-11 2-2 4 4 8 3 3 1 0 14 SCOTT 24 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 PALACIO 7 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 PARKS 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 CARR DNP - CALF STRAIN WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-92 20-24 10 30 40 22 18 11 9 102 (.424) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

HOUSTON 28 26 23 23 - 100 VANCOUVER 20 26 22 34 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 5, ANDERSON 2, THOMAS, FRANCIS. VANCOUVER - DICKERSON 3, REEVES 2, LOPEZ, SCOTT, ABDUR-RAHIM, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-16 (.438), THOMAS 0-1, WILLIAMS 1-1, ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 3-5, BULLARD 0-3, MOBLEY 2-2, NORRIS 1-3. VANCOUVER 4-12 (.333), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, BIBBY 2-4, DICKERSON 1-2, LOPEZ 0-1, SCOTT 0-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - CATO, VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RON OLESIAK, MARC DAVIS. A - 12,742. T - 2:22.


Box Score

HOUSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 36 3-10 4-4 3-11 2 2 10 Williams 20 4-5 0-0 2-5 1 4 9 Cato 36 7-10 2-2 3-13 1 0 16 Anderson 31 3-10 3-3 1-7 3 1 9 Francis 40 13-24 1-2 1-4 5 4 30 Bullard 22 1-7 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Mobley 28 6-11 4-4 2-7 0 3 18 Norris 18 2-5 1-1 0-0 4 1 6 Drew 9 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Gray DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - post concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 15-16 12-51 16 18 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.938. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Thomas 0-1, Williams 1-1, Anderson 0-1, Francis 3-5, Bullard 0-3, Mobley 2-2, Norris 1-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 9 (Cato 5, Anderson 2, Thomas, Francis). Turnovers: 21 (Francis 6, Anderson 4, Mobley 3, Williams 3, Drew 2, Thomas 2, Cato). Steals: 3 (Williams 2, Francis).

VANCOUVER (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 48 7-17 6-6 1-14 1 2 21 Harrington 8 1-2 2-2 1-3 0 2 4 Reeves 28 4-12 2-2 1-2 2 3 10 Bibby 41 11-20 3-4 1-4 10 3 27 Dickerson 37 7-18 4-6 0-2 3 3 19 Ekezie 12 1-2 1-2 1-3 0 0 3 Lopez 28 6-11 2-2 4-8 3 3 14 Scott 24 0-6 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Palacio 7 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 Parks 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Carr DNP - calf strain West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-92 20-24 10-40 22 18 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Abdur-rahim 1-2, Bibby 2-4, Dickerson 1-2, Lopez 0-1, Scott 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Dickerson 3, Reeves 2, Lopez, Scott, Abdur-rahim, Harrington). Turnovers: 9 (Dickerson 4, Bibby 2, Abdur-rahim, Harrington, Reeves). Steals: 11 (Dickerson 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby 2, Scott 2, Ekezie, Lopez). ____________________________________________ Houston 28 26 23 23 - 100 Vancouver 20 26 22 34 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Cato, 5:38 4th). Vancouver 1 (Harrington (ejected), 4:15 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,742. T: 2:22. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ron Olesiak, Marc Davis.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Mike Bibby made the Vancouver fans forget about Steve Francis.

Bibby's driving layup as time expired lifted the Grizzlies to a 102-100 dramatic victory over the Houston Rockets and completed the greatest come-from-behind win in franchise history.

Bibby scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and dished out 10 assists and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who snapped a four-game losing streak despite being down by 18 points.

Vancouver's rally surpassed its 16-point come-from-behind victory against Sacramento on February 26 and gave the Grizzlies their franchise-record 20th win of the season.

"I remember when we got our 19th win and somebody asked me about getting a record. I said it wasn't that big of a deal but after about 14 or 15 losses, it's a huge deal to get that win," Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins said. "I am very happy and proud about how our guys battled back. They were down 18 points, they were struggling and feeling sorry for themselves but some way, some how they started to come together as a unit. They started working together on defense, helping and talking. They did the same thing offensively."

Francis, who initiated the largest trade in NBA history last summer when he refused to play in Vancouver, scored 30 points and Cuttino Mobley contributed 18 for the Rockets. Houston has lost nine straight games on the road and dropped to 8-29 away from home this season. They lost to the Grizzlies for the first time since December 14, 1997, snapping a nine-game winning streak in the series.

The Rockets began the third with a 17-7 run to take a 71-53 lead on Francis' fast-break dunk with 5:11 left in the quarter. But Vancouver responded in the fourth, outscoring Houston 23-10 to go ahead 91-87 as Bibby hit a short jumper with 5:25 remaining.

"It was a battle," Francis said. "We were blasting them at first and then we just let up. They went on a run and we couldn't stop it. They made a lot of big shots and got some calls down the stretch. They made a lot of easy, uncontested shots and layups."

Francis scored 11 of the Rockets' next 13 points. Francis, who heard boos throughout the game, knotted the contest at 100-100 with a driving layup with 5.9 seconds left.

"I think (Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich) wanted me to go to the basket," Francis said. "If someone would have come to contest, I would have dished out. But no one came. I was hit on the play but I still managed to make the shot."

After a timeout and a delay of game by Houston, Bibby drove past Francis, tossed the ball towards the basket and watched as it rattled around and dropped through for Vancouver's second victory in its last 18 games.

"I stood there until I got the ball. I was going to the basket the whole way," said Bibby, who scored 15 points in the fourth quarter two nights after recording his first triple-double. "I just drove, put it up and it went in. However we get victories, I'm definitely happy for it."

"Mike Bibby definitely made a miraculous play at the end of the game," Francis said. "I didn't see the ball go in, I just heard everyone yelling. It definitely was a tough shot. You win some, you lose some."

In his first game in the city and country he shunned, Francis collected 24 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and no turnovers in helping the Rockets to a 118-110 overtime victory over Vancouver.

The Grizzlies made Francis the second overall pick in the draft even after he said he did not want to play in Canada. When he made it clear that he was not going to report, Grizzlies general manager Stu Jackson had no choice but to trade him.

In a three-team, 11-player deal, Francis landed in Houston while Vancouver netted improving youngsters Michael Dickerson and Othella Harrington and veterans Antoine Carr and Brent Price.

"I thought he played a great game," Tomjanovich said. "They had a couple of guys who played great too. I thought Bibby was fantastic and Michael Dickerson was good for them. The game could have gone either way. It was depending on who had the ball last."

Dickerson collected 19 points tonight but Harrington picked up two technical fouls in the first quarter and was ejected from the game with only four points and three rebounds.

Felipe Lopez contributed a season-high 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Grizzlies, who shot 42 percent (39-of-92) from the field and was outrebounded, 51-40.

Bryant Reeves, Vancouver's 7-0 center, scored just 10 points and did not play in the fourth as the Grizzlies went with a small lineup down the stretch.

Kelvin Cato had 16 points and 13 rebounds while Walt Williams and Shandon Anderson added nine points apiece for the Rockets, who shot 48 percent (39-of-82), including 7-of-16 (44 percent) from 3-point range. Houston turned the ball over 21 times for 23 points.

"Well, we just had too many turnovers in the second half and they made big plays," Tomjanovich said. "When they made their comeback we got to where we were following them and they were making their baskets and making their free throws. It was an exciting game and we just came up short."

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