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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 29 25 19 36 109 SACRAMENTO 46 20 30 29 125 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 30, STEVE FRANCIS 16, CARLOS ROGERS 13 SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 29, CHRIS WEBBER 28, VLADE DIVAC 21

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 8, CUTTINO MOBLEY 6 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 10, VLADE DIVAC 9

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - SEAN COLSON 6, MOOCHIE NORRIS 6 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 12, JASON WILLIAMS 10

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

HOUSTON (109) AT SACRAMENTO (125)

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

ANDERSON F 24 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 2 1 5 TAYLOR F 22 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 8 CATO C 19 1-1 2-4 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 4 FRANCIS G 21 6-11 4-4 0 3 3 4 2 0 5 16 MOBLEY G 38 11-15 6-8 1 5 6 4 2 1 3 30 THOMAS 33 3-9 3-3 4 4 8 1 3 1 1 9 ROGERS 22 6-9 1-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 13 BULLARD 23 4-8 2-3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 11 NORRIS 24 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 6 1 3 2 3 S COLSON 7 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 6 1 0 0 6 LANGHI 7 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 WILLIAMS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HAND

TOTALS 240 43-81 19-25 8 18 26 26 19 9 17 109 (.531) (.760) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(26 PTS)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 38 13-18 1-1 1 3 4 1 1 1 3 29 WEBBER F 42 11-19 6-7 1 9 10 12 2 6 5 28 DIVAC C 36 10-11 1-2 2 7 9 3 3 2 4 21 CHRISTIE G 37 3-4 4-4 1 0 1 2 4 1 3 12 WILLIAMS G 35 4-9 2-2 0 0 0 10 1 1 3 11 POLLARD 12 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 5 0 0 4 TURKOGLU 17 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 JACKSON 13 4-6 0-1 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 9 BARRY 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 FUNDERBURKE 6 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 51-78 16-19 7 25 32 30 18 11 20 125 (.654) (.842) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 21(28 PTS)

HOUSTON 29 25 19 36 - 109 SACRAMENTO 46 20 30 29 - 125

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - TAYLOR, THOMAS. SACRAMENTO - POLLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 4-16 (.250), ANDERSON 1-3, FRANCIS 0-2, MOBLEY 2-4, THOMAS 0-1, BULLARD 1-4, NORRIS 0-1, S COLSON 0-1. SACRAMENTO 7-15 (.467), STOJAKOVIC 2-4, CHRISTIE 2-3, WILLIAMS 1-5, TURKOGLU 1-2, JACKSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - FRANCIS 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, TOMMY NUNEZ, BILL KENNEDY. A - 17,317. T - 2:05.


Box Score

HOUSTON (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 24 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 Taylor 22 4-8 0-0 0-3 2 3 8 Cato 19 1-1 2-4 1-2 1 1 4 Francis 21 6-11 4-4 0-3 4 2 16 Mobley 38 11-15 6-8 1-6 4 2 30 Thomas 33 3-9 3-3 4-8 1 3 9 Rogers 22 6-9 1-1 1-1 0 1 13 Bullard 23 4-8 2-3 0-1 1 0 11 Norris 24 1-5 1-2 0-1 6 1 3 S Colson 7 3-5 0-0 1-1 6 1 6 Langhi 7 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 Williams DNP - bruised right hand _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-81 19-25 8-26 26 19 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.531, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Anderson 1-3, Francis 0-2, Mobley 2-4, Thomas 0-1, Bullard 1-4, Norris 0-1, S Colson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Taylor, Thomas). Turnovers: 17 (Francis 5, Mobley 3, Cato 2, Norris 2, Taylor 2, Anderson, Rogers, Thomas). Steals: 9 (Norris 3, Anderson 2, Langhi, Mobley, Taylor, Thomas).

SACRAMENTO (125) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 38 13-18 1-1 1-4 1 1 29 Webber 42 11-19 6-7 1-10 12 2 28 Divac 36 10-11 1-2 2-9 3 3 21 Christie 37 3-4 4-4 1-1 2 4 12 Williams 35 4-9 2-2 0-0 10 1 11 Pollard 12 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 5 4 Turkoglu 17 3-5 2-2 0-1 0 0 9 Jackson 13 4-6 0-1 0-3 2 0 9 Barry 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Funderburke 6 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Long DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 51-78 16-19 7-32 30 18 125 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.654, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Stojakovic 2-4, Christie 2-3, Williams 1-5, Turkoglu 1-2, Jackson 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Pollard). Turnovers: 21 (Webber 5, Divac 4, Christie 3, Stojakovic 3, Williams 3, Jackson 2). Steals: 11 (Webber 6, Divac 2, Christie, Stojakovic, Williams). ____________________________________________ Houston 29 25 19 36 - 109 Sacramento 46 20 30 29 - 125 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Francis 2 (ejected), 1:29 1st, 11:12 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:05. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Tommy Nunez, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- The scorching play of the Sacramento Kings brought the rising Houston Rockets back to earth.

Chris Webber recorded his 14th career triple-double with 28 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as Sacramento missed just two shots in a huge first quarter and cruised to a 125-109 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets brought a three-game winning streak into this game, having defeated Western Conference-leading San Antonio on Saturday.

But Sacramento started on fire, shooting 89.5 percent (17-of-19) from the field, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and outscoring Houston, 46-29, in the opening quarter. The 46 points tied an Arco Arena record for most points in a quarter.

"It was real important to get a win tonight because we knew that they would come in here and play well," said Sacramento guard Bobby Jackson, who chipped in nine points. "They've won the last 16 of 20 games, and they've been playing extremely well. They're probably the hottest team in the league. We just had to come out and play aggressive and we came out and did our job tonight."

Rockets All-Star point guard Steve Francis also got hot -- at least under the collar. He received his first technical in the first quarter for arguing with officials and was ejected with 11:12 left in the third period for taunting.

Houston floundered in his absence as it was outscored 30-15 in the period and entered the fourth quarter trailing by 23 points. Although they tried to rally after Kings coach Rick Adelman put in his reserves, the Rockets fell 1 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

"We played a great game," Sacramento center Vlade Divac said. "We had a great performace before Steve went out. I feel bad for him; he didn't do anything that would have cost him to get tossed out of the game. He just dunked the ball and showed some emotion. They should allow us to do that. He helped us by doing that, though."

Webber thought the officials overreacted.

"I think that's something that needs to be looked at in basketball," he said. "You can't be politically correct every moment of your life. The human side of it has to come into play sometimes. Fortunately for us he was kicked out but you've got to be able to show emotion."

Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points on 13-of-18 shooting and Divac added 21 and nine rebounds for the Kings (45-21), who set a Sacramento era for wins. They began an important four-game homestand with their sixth straight home victory.

"I had a feeling we were going to get (45 wins)," Adelman said. "It says a lot about our improvement over last year, it just means we put ourselves in the position where a lot of people didn't think we'd be in. Now it's our chance to take advantage of that."

Sacramento, which last lost at home on February 18, hosts Detroit and New York before playing the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Kings own a one-half game lead over Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division.

Cuttino Mobley scored 30 points and Francis finished with 16 as Houston suffered only its second loss in its last eight games. The Rockets were swept in the season series (0-4) by Sacramento for the first time since going 0-2 in 1979-80.

"That ref, you know, he's a ... it's crazy, just crazy," Mobley said about the ejection of his teammate. "I want to say some other things but I'm going to hold my tongue on that one. That was crazy, we could have come back. I'm so mad right now I really don't feel like talking."

Houston and the Kings began the game practically matching each other shot for shot. After Maurice Taylor's basket pulled the Rockets within 11-10 with 9:01 left, the Kings went on a 24-8 run to take a 35-18 advantage on Doug Christie's 3-pointer with 4:09 to go in the quarter.

"When you're hot like that it's hard to stop," Mobley said. "The whole team ran off like 14 straight on us and didn't miss -- that's like retarded."

Francis was called for his first technical with 1:29 left when he was called for traveling, starting a string of five straight points for Sacramento, which went 8-for-8 from the free throw in the period and received 11 points apiece from Webber and Jason Williams. Stojakovic and Christie each had nine.

"Chris Webber is an awesome player, and the little stuff that Vlade hits around the basket is unbelievable -- how he flits the ball up and gets those little layups," observed Houston forward Kenny Thomas, who had nine points and eight rebounds.

The Rockets also shot well in the first 12 minutes, making 13-of-23 shots.

Houston went on a 6-0 spurt in the second quarter, capped by Francis' two free throws, to close within 53-45 with 5:56 left but the Kings responded with a 10-2 run to push its lead to 16 points on Divac's jumper with 3:35 to go.

Sacramento outscored Houston, 30-19, in the third quarter and relaxed slightly in the fourth, although it never lost its double-digit lead, before recording its first 4-0 sweep of Houston since the 1972-73 season.

"Let me say this, that's about as good a performance as I've ever played against," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "They were phenomenal, and I have so much respect for them, but I don't feel like talking much after that."

Christie scored 12 points and Williams collected 11 and 10 assists for the Kings, who finished with a 65-percent mark (51-of-78) from the field. They held a 32-26 edge in rebounding but yielded 28 points on 21 turnovers.

"I'm disappointed with the way it ended but the way it started, I don't think we can shoot the ball much better than that," Adelman said. "It's a good way to start off this triple homestand, getting a win against a team that has been playing really well."

Coming off the bench, Carlos Rogers had 13 points and Matt Bullard contributed 11 for the Rockets, who shot 53 percent (43-of-81) and were outscored on the fast break, 22-12, and in the paint, 52-44.

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