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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 25 28 23 38 114 DALLAS 14 17 30 38 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 24, STEVE FRANCIS 22, SHANDON ANDERSON 15 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 32, STEVE NASH 26, DIRK NOWITZKI 20

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 13, STEVE FRANCIS 11 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 9, DIRK NOWITZKI 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DAL - STEVE NASH 6, HOWARD EISLEY 5

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

HOUSTON (114) AT DALLAS (99)

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

ANDERSON F 39 6-16 3-6 3 6 9 7 3 5 2 15 TAYLOR F 24 6-10 0-0 4 4 8 1 6 0 4 12 OLAJUWON C 15 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 8 FRANCIS G 40 5-9 10-10 0 11 11 8 4 0 0 22 NORRIS G 39 3-8 1-2 0 2 2 7 1 1 1 9 THOMAS 27 5-12 1-3 4 9 13 5 6 2 1 14 MOBLEY 32 6-11 11-12 0 2 2 0 4 0 4 24 BULLARD 11 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 13 4-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 10 CATO DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-82 26-33 12 37 49 30 32 8 14 114 (.476) (.788) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 44 10-22 9-10 3 6 9 2 3 2 3 32 NOWITZKI F 33 6-18 8-10 0 8 8 0 5 0 1 20 BRADLEY C 20 0-1 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 2 EISLEY G 37 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 5 6 0 2 4 NASH G 39 8-16 8-11 1 2 3 6 3 2 4 26 LAETTNER 8 0-2 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 DAVIS 25 1-4 6-6 0 3 3 2 4 0 2 9 ALEXANDER 21 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 1 2 2 TRENT 5 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 HARVEY 8 0-0 3-4 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 3 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-74 37-45 10 31 41 16 31 5 16 99 (.378) (.822) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

HOUSTON 25 28 23 38 - 114 DALLAS 14 17 30 38 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - FRANCIS, MOBLEY, WILLIAMS. DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, ALEXANDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 10-21 (.476), ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 2-5, NORRIS 2-3, THOMAS 3-5, MOBLEY 1-3, BULLARD 0-2, WILLIAMS 2-2. DALLAS 6-16 (.375), FINLEY 3-5, NOWITZKI 0-2, EISLEY 0-2, NASH 2-5, DAVIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - TAYLOR, , THOMAS, DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, BRADLEY. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, GEORGE TOLIVER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 18,187. T - 2:24.


Box Score

HOUSTON (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 39 6-16 3-6 3-9 7 3 15 Taylor 24 6-10 0-0 4-8 1 6 12 Olajuwon 15 4-10 0-0 1-3 2 1 8 Francis 40 5-9 10-10 0-11 8 4 22 Norris 39 3-8 1-2 0-2 7 1 9 Thomas 27 5-12 1-3 4-13 5 6 14 Mobley 32 6-11 11-12 0-2 0 4 24 Bullard 11 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Williams 13 4-4 0-0 0-0 0 6 10 Cato DNP - left ankle sprain Langhi DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-82 26-33 12-49 30 32 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Anderson 0-1, Francis 2-5, Norris 2-3, Thomas 3-5, Mobley 1-3, Bullard 0-2, Williams 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Francis, Mobley, Williams). Turnovers: 15 (Mobley 4, Taylor 4, Anderson 2, Norris, Olajuwon, Thomas, Williams). Steals: 8 (Anderson 5, Thomas 2, Norris).

DALLAS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 44 10-22 9-10 3-9 2 3 32 Nowitzki 33 6-18 8-10 0-8 0 5 20 Bradley 20 0-1 2-2 1-5 0 2 2 Eisley 37 2-8 0-0 0-1 5 6 4 Nash 39 8-16 8-11 1-3 6 3 26 Laettner 8 0-2 1-2 2-3 0 2 1 Davis 25 1-4 6-6 0-3 2 4 9 Alexander 21 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 2 2 Trent 5 0-0 0-0 2-3 1 1 0 Harvey 8 0-0 3-4 1-3 0 3 3 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-74 37-45 10-41 16 31 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.822. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Finley 3-5, Nowitzki 0-2, Eisley 0-2, Nash 2-5, Davis 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Bradley 2, Alexander). Turnovers: 16 (Nash 4, Finley 3, Alexander 2, Davis 2, Eisley 2, Harvey, Nowitzki, Trent). Steals: 5 (Finley 2, Nash 2, Alexander). ____________________________________________ Houston 25 28 23 38 - 114 Dallas 14 17 30 38 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 3 (Taylor, 9:46 3rd; , 8:51 3rd; Thomas, 1:08 4th). Dallas 3 (Head Coach Nelson, 10:16 3rd; Illegal Defense, 1:18 3rd; Bradley, 1:08 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:24. Officials: Ed F Rush, George Toliver, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Houston Rockets held off a furious rally before snapping a six-game losing streak with a 114-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

With two days to rest since its latest setback, Houston led by as many as 31 points in the third quarter before holding on in the fourth.

"It ended the long losing streak," said Rockets guard Steve Francis, who had 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. "I don't think I'd ever been on a team that's lost that many in a row, so it was something positive."

Cuttino Mobley led six players in double figures with 24 points for the Rockets, who have won four of their last five road games. They were 0-5 at home during the six-game skid.

Dallas closed within 93-88 on a 3-pointer by Michael Finley with 3:25 to play but could not get any closer and dropped out of a first-place tie with Utah in the Midwest Division.

"I have no complaints about the game," said Mavericks coach Don Nelson, whose team shot just 38 percent (28-of-74) from the field. "It wasn't due to effort. We really tried hard, but we couldn't make shots."

Finley, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki combined for 80 points for the Mavericks, who will be coached by Nelson for one more game before he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer.

After a basket by Shandon Anderson with 7:51 left in the third quarter, Houston had a 69-38 lead. But Dallas used a 22-4 run to close within 70-63 with 91 seconds left in the period.

"It's really kind of hard trying to maintain a lead on the road," Francis said. "In the NBA, teams are going to have runs. They got a lot of momentum behind them."

The Rockets maintained a 17-point cushion with 6:54 to play before the Mavs went on a 15-3 run to close within 93-88 with 3:26 to go.

Nash had eight of his 26 points during the burst, starting it with a pair of 3-pointers. Finley, who scored 32 points, capped the run with another 3-pointer, but Dallas got no closer.

"I got a lot of respect for Dallas, with Michael Finley, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki," Francis said. "But I think with our team, we kind of match up good against them and I thought we took advantage of a lot of things, and our defense won the game for us."

After Finley's 3-pointer, Mobley threw away a pass, but rookie Courtney Alexander did the same for the Mavs and Anderson turned the miscue into a Rockets' layup and a 95-88 lead with three minutes to go.

With 2:18 remaining, Nash made a pair of free throws to get Dallas within 96-90. But Anderson and Mobley followed with consecutive baskets and Houston led by at least eight points the rest of the way.

Francis put the exclamation point on the win with an emphatic one-handed dunk, giving the Rockets a 110-97 lead with 36 seconds remaining.

Mobley went 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final 63 seconds and 11-of-12 overall, while Francis hit all 10 of his shots from the line.

The Rockets held a 49-41 advantage off the boards. Kenny Thomas had 13 to go along with 14 points in 27 minutes off the bench.

Anderson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Maurice Taylor added 12 and eight for Houston, which shot 48 percent from the floor (39-of-82).

The Mavs hit 37-of-45 free throws but could not overcome 38 percent shooting. Nowitzki sank only 6-of-18 shots and finished with 20 points.

"Maybe we took too many outside shots early, but the fact is that the lid was on the basket tonight for us and not for them," Nelson said. "They played a terrific game and I give them all the credit."

"The key word for today's game was defense," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said, who shook hands with Nelson in the final seconds.

Taylor scored six points in the first quarter as the Rockets grabbed a 25-14 lead. He added five in the second en route to a 53-31 cushion at the break.

"We dug ourselves in too big of a hole by not making any shots in the first half," said Nash, whose team clicked at 26.5 percent (9-of-34) through two quarters. "They did a good job."

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