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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 24 16 23 15 78 HOUSTON 21 14 28 22 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 17, MICHAEL DICKERSON 16, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 12 HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 21, STEVE FRANCIS 19, CUTTINO MOBLEY 15

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 8, MIKE BIBBY 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 8, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 6, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 3 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, MAURICE TAYLOR 5

ATT: 10,906


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (78) AT HOUSTON (85)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 7-15 3-4 1 7 8 3 4 2 4 17 HARRINGTON F 37 3-9 6-6 3 1 4 1 5 0 4 12 REEVES C 24 4-6 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 9 BIBBY G 38 5-12 0-0 0 5 5 6 2 2 5 10 DICKERSON G 40 7-12 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 16 AUSTIN 18 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 JONES 15 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 8 EDWARDS 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LONG 18 1-1 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 4 SWIFT 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-67 12-14 7 25 32 14 24 5 19 78 (.463) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

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

TAYLOR F 34 9-17 3-3 2 0 2 5 1 0 4 21 WILLIAMS F 30 4-10 1-1 0 1 1 3 3 0 2 13 OLAJUWON C 22 1-2 0-2 0 8 8 1 1 0 0 2 ANDERSON G 22 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 FRANCIS G 42 8-16 2-2 6 2 8 6 4 3 6 19 BULLARD 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 MOBLEY 32 2-5 11-14 0 4 4 3 1 0 1 15 COLLIER 20 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 0 4 8 THOMAS 20 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 3 NORRIS 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-68 18-24 10 25 35 23 18 7 20 85 (.456) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(15 PTS)

VANCOUVER 24 16 23 15 - 78 HOUSTON 21 14 28 22 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON. HOUSTON - TAYLOR, ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 4-8 (.500), BIBBY 0-2, DICKERSON 2-3, JONES 2-3. HOUSTON 5-13 (.385), WILLIAMS 4-5, ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 1-2, BULLARD 0-2, COLLIER 0-1, THOMAS 0-1, NORRIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, HUE HOLLINS, SCOTT WALL. A - 10,906. T - 2:14.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 39 7-15 3-4 1-8 3 4 17 Harrington 37 3-9 6-6 3-4 1 5 12 Reeves 24 4-6 1-2 1-4 0 3 9 Bibby 38 5-12 0-0 0-5 6 2 10 Dickerson 40 7-12 0-0 1-3 2 4 16 Austin 18 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Jones 15 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 8 Edwards 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Long 18 1-1 2-2 1-4 0 1 4 Swift 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 M Abdul-rauf DNP - coach's decision Massenburg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 12-14 7-32 14 24 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Bibby 0-2, Dickerson 2-3, Jones 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Harrington). Turnovers: 20 (Bibby 5, Harrington 4, S Abdur-rahim 4, Long 2, Austin, Dickerson, Jones, Reeves). Steals: 5 (Bibby 2, S Abdur-rahim 2, Reeves).

HOUSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 34 9-17 3-3 2-2 5 1 21 Williams 30 4-10 1-1 0-1 3 3 13 Olajuwon 22 1-2 0-2 0-8 1 1 2 Anderson 22 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Francis 42 8-16 2-2 6-8 6 4 19 Bullard 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Mobley 32 2-5 11-14 0-4 3 1 15 Collier 20 4-7 0-0 0-4 1 4 8 Thomas 20 1-3 1-2 1-4 1 2 3 Norris 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Langhi DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-68 18-24 10-35 23 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Williams 4-5, Anderson 0-1, Francis 1-2, Bullard 0-2, Collier 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Norris 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Taylor, Anderson). Turnovers: 21 (Francis 6, Collier 4, Taylor 4, Anderson 2, Williams 2, Mobley, Norris). Steals: 7 (Francis 3, Anderson 2, Bullard, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 24 16 23 15 - 78 Houston 21 14 28 22 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:28 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Vancouver 1 (Austin, 8:08 4th). A: 10,906. T: 2:14. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Hue Hollins, Scott Wall.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- For three quarters, the Houston Rockets let the Vancouver Grizzlies pretty much have their way. But they never let them out of their sights.

Walt Williams, Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley sparked the Rockets in the fourth quarter, when they went ahead for the first time and took charge for an 85-78 victory over the upstart Grizzlies.

"This could have been a really depressing loss," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Our spacing created the shots in the second half and our defense held them in the 70s again. It was a great team win."

Williams scored six of his 13 points, Francis had seven of his 19 and Mobley eight of his 15 in the fourth period. Maurice Taylor scored all his 21 through the first three quarters for the Rockets.

"Mo was really great," Tomjanovich said. "He's a very skilled player, and when they dropped off of him, he made the 18-footers. Those were big shots."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Grizzlies with 17 points and eight rebounds. Michael Dickerson scored 16 and Othella Harrington added 12.

Houston, coming off a 84-74 thumping of the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, let Taylor carry them through three quarters, keeping the Grizzlies in range.

The Grizzlies never trailed through the first three periods but could not manage more than an eight-point edge, the last time at 55-47 with 4:33 to go in the third quarter on Bryant Reeves' jumper in the paint.

"In the first half, we knew we weren't playing well enough to win," Taylor said. "Cuttino and Steve told me, `You've got to carry us.' They got me the ball where I could score."

But the Rockets fought back to tie it, 63-63, entering the fourth quarter and took control with a 14-6 run to start the final period.

They went ahead for the first time when Williams drilled a 3-pointer that made it 66-63 with 10:28 to go. Another 3-pointer by Williams made it 69-65 two minutes later.

"(Williams) came in and did a good job hitting the 3s," said Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe. "That turned the game around."

Grant Long had the Grizzlies within 71-69 when he drove baseline with 7:41 left but Houston answered with a 6-0 run. Francis sliced through the lane for a layup and Mobley hit a pair of free throws, then drove for a finger roll and a 77-69 advantage with 3:53 left.

The Grizzles had just 14 assists and committed 19 turnovers, which led to 24 points for the Rockets. Houston, on the other hand, racked up 23 assists and although the Rockets gave the ball away 20 times, they allowed just 15 points on those mistakes.

"I don't think we passed the basketball," Lowe said. "We didn't move the ball the way we normally do. We only had 14 assists and that's pretty low for us. We pride ourselves on being unselfish and tonight we didn't do that."

The Grizzlies, who are off to the best start in club history, were frustrated in their attempt to win their third straight game. Vancouver improved to 4-1 on Wednesday, when it rolled to a 101-74 rout of Dallas for the largest margin of victory in franchise history. That win put them three games over .500 for the first time, with their only loss to the Lakers.

"We kind of got away from the successful things we've been doing up to this game," Abdur-Rahim said. "We could have won the game, but Houston made all the plays down the stretch. We'll have another chance at them, but right now we have to forget about it and get ready to play the Spurs."

Williams sat out the Lakers game with a sprained right knee and was listed as questionable before the game tonight. Like most of his teammates, he needed three quarters to get his legs under him. He was 2-of-7 from the field in the first 36 minutes but in the fourth period was 2-of-3, hitting both his shots from 3-point range.

"My knee felt good in practice yesterday," Williams said. "It was a little sore, but I knew I could tolerate it. In the beginning of the game I forced the issue, but once I got into the flow of the game I was able to hit the big shots."

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