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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 27 10 32 31 100 VANCOUVER 21 30 18 26 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 19, KELVIN CATO 15, STEVE FRANCIS 14 VAN - MAHMOUD ABDUL-RAUF 25, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 24, TONY MASSENBURG 11

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KELVIN CATO 13, CUTTINO MOBLEY 7 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 12, STROMILE SWIFT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 13, CUTTINO MOBLEY 4 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 18, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 5

ATT: 18,571


Extended Box

HOUSTON (100) AT VANCOUVER (95)

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

ANDERSON F 37 6-13 4-4 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 19 BULLARD F 29 5-7 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 12 CATO C 35 6-9 3-5 3 10 13 1 3 0 6 15 FRANCIS G 41 4-13 4-5 1 4 5 13 4 0 6 14 MOBLEY G 34 6-12 0-0 1 6 7 4 0 0 2 13 ROGERS 13 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 4 LANGHI 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 WILLIAMS 19 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 8 NORRIS 18 2-2 6-6 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 10 S COLSON 3 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 OLAJUWON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE THOMAS DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN

TOTALS 240 36-71 18-22 8 34 42 23 12 2 17 100 (.507) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(17 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 48 11-25 2-4 2 6 8 5 2 1 0 24 LONG F 20 3-6 1-2 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 7 REEVES C 25 3-10 0-0 7 5 12 0 2 1 1 6 BIBBY G 44 4-18 0-0 0 2 2 18 2 2 1 8 JONES G 21 2-6 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 7 EDWARDS 10 1-5 0-0 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 2 SWIFT 27 2-3 1-2 4 5 9 0 3 1 2 5 MASSENBURG 22 5-8 1-2 5 1 6 0 1 0 0 11 M ABDUL-RAUF 23 12-19 1-2 0 0 0 3 4 1 2 25 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION DICKERSON DNP - ABDOMINAL STRAIN STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 43-100 7-14 23 24 47 27 18 9 8 95 (.430) (.500) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

HOUSTON 27 10 32 31 - 100 VANCOUVER 21 30 18 26 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - ANDERSON, WILLIAMS, CATO, ROGERS. VANCOUVER - S ABDUR-RAHIM 2, SWIFT 2, BIBBY, MASSENBURG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 10-19 (.526), ANDERSON 3-4, BULLARD 2-4, FRANCIS 2-5, MOBLEY 1-1, WILLIAMS 2-5. VANCOUVER 2-11 (.182), S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, LONG 0-1, BIBBY 0-3, JONES 2-4, EDWARDS 0-1, M ABDUL-RAUF 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - MOBLEY. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, HANK ARMSTRONG, BILL KENNEDY. A - 18,571. T - 2:08.


Box Score

HOUSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 37 6-13 4-4 1-2 3 0 19 Bullard 29 5-7 0-0 0-5 1 0 12 Cato 35 6-9 3-5 3-13 1 3 15 Francis 41 4-13 4-5 1-5 13 4 14 Mobley 34 6-12 0-0 1-7 4 0 13 Rogers 13 2-3 0-0 1-4 0 1 4 Langhi 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Williams 19 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 8 Norris 18 2-2 6-6 1-3 0 0 10 S Colson 3 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Olajuwon DNP - sprained left ankle Thomas DNP - lower back strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-71 18-22 8-42 23 12 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Anderson 3-4, Bullard 2-4, Francis 2-5, Mobley 1-1, Williams 2-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Anderson, Williams, Cato, Rogers). Turnovers: 19 (Cato 6, Francis 6, Mobley 2, Anderson, Norris, Williams). Steals: 2 (Anderson, Norris).

VANCOUVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 48 11-25 2-4 2-8 5 2 24 Long 20 3-6 1-2 2-3 1 3 7 Reeves 25 3-10 0-0 7-12 0 2 6 Bibby 44 4-18 0-0 0-2 18 2 8 Jones 21 2-6 1-2 0-2 0 1 7 Edwards 10 1-5 0-0 3-5 0 0 2 Swift 27 2-3 1-2 4-9 0 3 5 Massenburg 22 5-8 1-2 5-6 0 1 11 M Abdul-rauf 23 12-19 1-2 0-0 3 4 25 Austin DNP - coach's decision Dickerson DNP - abdominal strain Strickland DNP - strained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24043-100 7-14 23-47 27 18 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (S Abdur-rahim 0-1, Long 0-1, Bibby 0-3, Jones 2-4, Edwards 0-1, M Abdul-rauf 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (S Abdur-rahim 2, Swift 2, Bibby, Massenburg). Turnovers: 8 (Long 2, M Abdul-rauf 2, Swift 2, Bibby, Reeves). Steals: 9 (Bibby 2, Jones 2, Long, M Abdul-rauf, Reeves, S Abdur-rahim, Swift). ____________________________________________ Houston 27 10 32 31 - 100 Vancouver 21 30 18 26 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Mobley, 1:03 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,571. T: 2:08. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Hank Armstrong, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Before basketball fans in Vancouver lost the Grizzlies, the Grizzlies gave them one last loss.

Vancouver villain Steve Francis and the Houston Rockets rallied for a 100-95 victory over the Grizzlies, who played their final home game in Canada.

The last NBA game in GM Place had a familiar look to it, with the Grizzlies blowing a lead and losing in front of a crowd less than capacity. In six seasons, the Grizzlies were 66-164 at the arena known as "The Garage."

Last month, owner Michael Heisley -- who claims he will lose $46 million this season -- applied for relocation to Memphis, Tennessee and awaits a decision this summer from a committee of seven NBA owners.

Heisley said he was planning to attend this game but changed his mind. It was just as well as one fan held a placard that read, "RIP Grizzlies, Go To Hell Heisley" and the crowd of 18,571 -- 622 shy of a sellout -- chanted "Heisley (Stinks)!" in the final minute.

"It was nice that we had 18,000-plus, but where were these people all year long?" Grizzlies forward Grant Long said. "I just wish they had done it earlier. When they set up a team here, the formula was not right. I'll make it as simple as I can -- you take in Canadian dollars and you pay in U.S. dollars and it doesn't work."

Fans organized in an attempt to keep the Grizzlies in Vancouver, but the team sold out just two games this season -- visits from Shaquille O'Neal's Los Angeles Lakers and Vince Carter's Toronto Raptors eight days apart in March, when Heisley was visiting prospective relocation sites.

"The hardest part is I've always been made to feel so at home," Grizzlies star forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim said. "It's been an honor and a pleasure to play in front of these people. I don't know if we'll find that anywhere else. They supported us through all the bad times. I came here as a young man -- actually I was a baby when I got here; I was 19 -- (and) this city embraced me and never had a bad word for me. This city's been great to me."

Vancouver's fans always have come out to taunt Francis, who was selected second overall by the Grizzlies in the 1999 draft but said he would not play in Canada. He was dealt to Houston before ever playing a game for Vancouver.

"I couldn't have made up $40 million," Francis said. "I get paid a fraction of that. I couldn't have made up that money."

This was Francis' fourth visit to British Columbia. And just like all the others, he was booed every time he touched the ball and was serenaded with a chorus of "Francis (Stinks)!" late in the third quarter.

"I've only been in the NBA for (two) years and it's been great to come up here in the villain role," he said. "I'm pretty sure that the fans will see me again whether they tune in or not. I really enjoy playing here. It's too bad they are not going to be here."

Francis had 14 points and a season-high 13 assists. With the victory wrapped up, he left the court in the final minute for safety reasons. Seconds earlier, a fan wearing a foam Grizzlies mask came out of the stands and onto the court before being taken away by five security guards.

Throughout the game, highlights were shown on the scoreboard. Among them were the selection of center Bryant Reeves as their first draft pick in 1995; Chris King's tip-in at the buzzer that beat Minnesota in the first game at GM Place; and a jumper by Michael Dickerson that beat New Jersey at the horn last year.

"I've been through tough times in six years," Reeves said. "The fans have always been there. It's emotional for me. I've been here six years and it's my final game here."

The final basket at GM Place was a 3-pointer by Vancouver's Damon Jones. As usual, it was not enough to prevent another defeat by the Grizzlies, who still need one more win to avoid 60 losses in a full season for the first time in their history.

Shandon Anderson scored 19 points and Kelvin Cato added season highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who swept the four-game season series.

"I feel for the players and the whole situation and for the fans," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We don't know what's going to happen."

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored 25 points, Abdur-Rahim added 24 and Mike Bibby handed out 18 assists for the Grizzlies, who blew a 19-point third-quarter lead.

Houston trailed 56-37 early in the second half but made 6-of-9 3-pointers in the third period, rallying for a 69-69 tie heading into the final quarter.

Two straight baskets by Abdur-Rahim gave Vancouver its last lead at 87-86 with 3:52 remaining. Cato had two free throws and an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Francis in a 9-2 burst that gave Houston a 92-87 lead with 1:58 to go.

After the final buzzer, the Grizzlies gave their jerseys to fans, as they have the last several seasons.

"It's tough. I wanted to end on a win," said Abdur-Rahim, who fought back tears. "It's emotional from a standpoint that we have a group of people who ... as much support as they've given us. You go to one team, you win, you retire in that city, that's the dream. But the world's not perfect."

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