databaseBasketball.com  formerly BasketballReference.com
databaseSports.comBasketball |  NCAA Basketball |  Football |  NCAA Football |  Baseball |  Hockey |  Golf |  Racing |  Olympics |  Poker
Fast Links: Home Page  Players  Teams  Leagues  All-Star Games  Awards  Coaches  Draft  Ultimate Search  Fantasy 
  

Select a day M  D  Y  

NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 19 22 17 25 83 HOUSTON 25 24 16 24 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 19, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 17, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 13 HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 26, STEVE FRANCIS 16, KENNY THOMAS 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, JOE SMITH 9 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 11, EDDIE GRIFFIN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 8, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, MOOCHIE NORRIS 5

ATT: 12,620


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (83) AT HOUSTON (89)

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

K GARNETT F 43 7-19 4-6 4 8 12 2 1 0 2 19 SMITH F 33 4-7 4-4 2 7 9 1 5 1 3 12 NESTEROVIC C 20 2-6 0-0 3 5 8 0 3 0 0 4 BILLUPS G 37 7-16 1-2 1 4 5 8 4 0 3 17 SZCZERBIAK G 41 6-15 1-2 2 5 7 5 0 0 3 13 MITCHELL 18 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 8 LOPEZ 20 1-3 3-4 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 6 PEELER 24 2-7 0-0 0 5 5 2 1 0 3 4 WOODS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AVERY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRENT DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 33-81 13-18 14 35 49 21 16 3 16 83 (.407) (.722) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 42 4-17 0-0 4 5 9 0 2 1 0 8 THOMAS F 41 8-11 0-4 0 5 5 1 3 3 0 16 K WILLIS C 12 3-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 6 FRANCIS G 46 7-16 1-6 2 9 11 9 1 2 4 16 MOBLEY G 44 10-20 4-5 0 6 6 0 2 1 1 26 MORRIS 17 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 NORRIS 29 6-9 1-2 1 1 2 5 1 2 1 13 TORRES 6 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 LANGHI 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION CATO DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-84 6-17 11 29 40 18 14 10 6 89 (.476) (.353) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(4 PTS)

MINNESOTA 19 22 17 25 - 83 HOUSTON 25 24 16 24 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SMITH 2, BILLUPS. HOUSTON - GRIFFIN 4, K WILLIS 2, FRANCIS 2, MOBLEY, MORRIS, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 4-14 (.286), K GARNETT 1-1, BILLUPS 2-7, MITCHELL 0-2, LOPEZ 1-1, PEELER 0-3. HOUSTON 3-16 (.188), GRIFFIN 0-4, FRANCIS 1-4, MOBLEY 2-5, MORRIS 0-1, NORRIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MARK WUNDERLICH, JOE HENDERSON. A - 12,620. T - 2:02.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 43 7-19 4-6 4-12 2 1 19 Smith 33 4-7 4-4 2-9 1 5 12 Nesterovic 20 2-6 0-0 3-8 0 3 4 Billups 37 7-16 1-2 1-5 8 4 17 Szczerbiak 41 6-15 1-2 2-7 5 0 13 Mitchell 18 4-8 0-0 1-2 1 1 8 Lopez 20 1-3 3-4 1-1 2 1 6 Peeler 24 2-7 0-0 0-5 2 1 4 Woods 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Avery DNP - coach's decision D Garrett DNP - coach's decision Trent DNP - strained left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 13-18 14-49 21 16 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (K Garnett 1-1, Billups 2-7, Mitchell 0-2, Lopez 1-1, Peeler 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (K Garnett 2, Smith 2, Billups). Turnovers: 16 (Billups 3, Peeler 3, Smith 3, Szczerbiak 3, K Garnett 2, Mitchell 2). Steals: 3 (Lopez 2, Smith).

HOUSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 42 4-17 0-0 4-9 0 2 8 Thomas 41 8-11 0-4 0-5 1 3 16 K Willis 12 3-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 6 Francis 46 7-16 1-6 2-11 9 1 16 Mobley 44 10-20 4-5 0-6 0 2 26 Morris 17 0-4 0-0 1-2 3 1 0 Norris 29 6-9 1-2 1-2 5 1 13 Torres 6 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 4 Langhi 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Cato DNP - sprained left ankle Collier DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-84 6-17 11-40 18 14 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.353. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Griffin 0-4, Francis 1-4, Mobley 2-5, Morris 0-1, Norris 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 11 (Griffin 4, K Willis 2, Francis 2, Mobley, Morris, Thomas). Turnovers: 8 (Francis 4, Mobley, Norris). Steals: 10 (Thomas 3, Francis 2, Norris 2, Griffin, Mobley, Morris). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 19 22 17 25 - 83 Houston 25 24 16 24 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Minnesota 1 (Defensive Three, 10:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,620. T: 2:02. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mark Wunderlich, Joe Henderson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Very few people celebrate their 25th birthday like Steve Francis.

Francis scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out nine assists to lead the Houston Rockets to an 89-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 6-3 Francis just missed his fifth career triple-double. He was forced to pick up the slack due to the absence of center Kelvin Cato, who did not play because of a left ankle sprain.

"I think the defense is what won it for us," Francis said. "We needed a game like this against a tough-caliber team like Minnesota."

Kevin Willis, who started for Cato, left midway through the second quarter because of back spasms.

Cuttino Mobley scored 26 points and Kenny Thomas also totaled 16 for the Rockets, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Timberwolves.

"It felt good," Mobley said. "We just have to play like that on a consistent basis. I'm happy with our defense. We just played as a team."

Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and Chauncey Billups added 17 for Minnesota, which dropped one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers in fourth place in the Western Conference.

The Rockets bounced back from their worst loss of the season, a 115-76 decision at Milwaukee on Tuesday.

"They were more aggressive than we were tonight," Garnett said. "They got blasted by 39 (in their last game) and we should have known they would come out and be excited to play. They were more aggressive from the jump."

"We'll burn that tape of (Tuesday) night's game but we will come back and watch tonight's game when we want to be inspired," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said.

The Rockets led, 57-53, with 5:38 left in the third quarter and scored 21 of the next 37 points, making it 80-67 with 5:47 to play in the game. Thomas scored eight of his 16 points in that span.

The Timberwolves answered with an 8-2 run over the next 2:30, cutting the deficit to 82-75.

"Coming back after a miserable, miserable game in Milwaukee, we played a team that is fighting for first place," Tomjanovich said. "I was really interested to see how they would respond and they responded in a big way."

Minnesota committed 16 turnovers, leading to 18 points for Houston. It fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Dallas in the Midwest Division.

"Right from the beginning, they attacked us," said Timberwolves guard Wally Szczerbiak, who scored 13 points. "We had a tough time hitting each other with simple passes. It was frustrating because we can't play that way and win."

"When you've got two perennial All-Stars on their team like (Garnett and Szczerbiak), you've got to make them work hard," Francis said.

About statistical abbreviations

Errors? Suggestions? Comments? Send us a message   Advertise on DatabaseSports   Roto Sports, Inc.

© 2002-2011 databaseSports.com