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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 30 32 32 22 116 GOLDEN STATE 19 32 31 22 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 31, STEVE FRANCIS 24, CUTTINO MOBLEY 12 GSW - BOB SURA 19, ANTAWN JAMISON 17, GILBERT ARENAS 16

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KELVIN CATO 12, KENNY THOMAS 9, STEVE FRANCIS 8 GSW - ADONAL FOYLE 8, DANNY FORTSON 7, ANTAWN JAMISON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 8, MOOCHIE NORRIS 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 GSW - BOB SURA 4, ANTAWN JAMISON 4, JASON RICHARDSON 4

ATT: 15,039


Extended Box

HOUSTON (116) AT GOLDEN STATE (104)

HOUSTON

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

K THOMAS F 40 10-16 11-13 1 8 9 1 3 1 2 31 W WILLIAMS F 18 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 0 0 7 K CATO C 30 5-5 1-2 6 6 12 0 4 0 2 11 C MOBLEY G 33 5-14 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 0 2 12 S FRANCIS G 42 9-19 3-6 2 6 8 8 3 0 9 24 M NORRIS 29 4-10 2-2 1 0 1 5 0 1 1 10 J COLLIER 18 4-6 2-2 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 10 O TORRES 8 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 5 T MORRIS 16 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 6 D LANGHI 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 T BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION E GRIFFIN DNP - SPRAIND TOE

TOTALS 240 44-83 19-25 14 29 43 24 20 2 17 116 (.530) (.760) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 19 (13 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE

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

D FORTSON F 18 4-5 2-2 2 5 7 1 4 1 2 10 A JAMISON F 40 5-15 7-7 3 4 7 4 2 2 1 17 A FOYLE C 35 5-9 2-4 5 3 8 0 5 0 2 12 J RICHARDSON G 37 7-18 0-0 1 1 2 4 2 1 2 14 G ARENAS G 31 5-12 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 3 2 16 B SURA 26 7-16 4-4 2 3 5 4 2 0 0 19 E DAMPIER 10 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 L HUGHES 15 2-7 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 5 C MILLS 18 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 T MURPHY 10 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 8 D GARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION D OLIVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-92 21-24 14 20 34 18 22 8 11 104 (.424) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (17 PTS)

HOUSTON 30 32 32 22 - 116 GOLDEN STATE 19 32 31 22 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - S FRANCIS 3, K CATO, K THOMAS, T MORRIS, J COLLIER, C MOBLEY. GOLDEN STATE - A FOYLE 5, C MILLS, A JAMISON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 9-18 (.500), W WILLIAMS 1-2, C MOBLEY 2- 3, S FRANCIS 3-6, M NORRIS 0-1, O TORRES 1-2, T MORRIS 2-4. GOLDEN STATE 5- 18 (.278), A JAMISON 0-1, J RICHARDSON 0-3, G ARENAS 3-8, B SURA 1- 3, L HUGHES 0-1, C MILLS 1-1, T MURPHY 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - K THOMAS, S FRANCIS, W WILLIAMS. GOLDEN STATE - A JAMISON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. A - 15,039. T - 2:12.


Box Score

HOUSTON (116)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 40 10-16 11-13 1-9 1 3 31 W Williams 18 3-5 0-0 0-3 3 4 7 K Cato 30 5-5 1-2 6-12 0 4 11 C Mobley 33 5-14 0-0 0-3 3 4 12 S Francis 42 9-19 3-6 2-8 8 3 24 M Norris 29 4-10 2-2 1-1 5 0 10 J Collier 18 4-6 2-2 2-3 2 0 10 O Torres 8 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 0 5 T Morris 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 D Langhi 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 T Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Griffin DNP - SPRAIND TOE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-83 19-25 14-43 24 20 116 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (W Williams 1-2, C Mobley 2-3, S Francis 3-6, M Norris 0-1, O Torres 1-2, T Morris 2-4). Team Rebounds: 17. Blocked Shots:8 (S Francis 3, K Cato, K Thomas, T Morris, J Collier, C Mobley). Turnovers:17 (S Francis 9, K Cato 2, C Mobley 2, K Thomas 2, M Norris, O Torres). Steals: 2 (M Norris, K Thomas).

GOLDEN STATE (104)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Fortson 18 4-5 2-2 2-7 1 4 10 A Jamison 40 5-15 7-7 3-7 4 2 17 A Foyle 35 5-9 2-4 5-8 0 5 12 J Richardson 37 7-18 0-0 1-2 4 2 14 G Arenas 31 5-12 3-4 0-1 2 2 16 B Sura 26 7-16 4-4 2-5 4 2 19 E Dampier 10 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 L Hughes 15 2-7 1-1 0-0 1 1 5 C Mills 18 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 3 T Murphy 10 3-7 2-2 0-0 1 3 8 D Garrett DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Oliver DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-92 21-24 14-34 18 22 104 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (A Jamison 0-1, J Richardson 0-3, G Arenas 3-8, B Sura 1-3, L Hughes 0-1, C Mills 1-1, T Murphy 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (A Foyle 5, C Mills, A Jamison). Turnovers:11 (D Fortson 2, A Foyle 2, G Arenas 2, J Richardson 2, A Jamison, L Hughes, T Murphy). Steals: 8 (G Arenas 3, A Jamison 2, C Mills, J Richardson, D Fortson).

-------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 30 32 32 22 - 116 GOLDEN STATE 19 32 31 22 - 104 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Houston - 3 (K Thomas, 9:33 1st; S Francis, 10:10 2nd; W Williams, 4:11 3rd). Golden State - (A Jamison, 4:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,039. T: 2:12.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors made too many mistakes as they were trying to rally and Kenny Thomas made sure it cost them.

Thomas scored a career-high 31 points as the Houston Rockets held the Warriors scoreless for over four minutes down the stretch and posted a 116-104 victory.

The Rockets led by as many as 16 points late in the third quarter, but the Warriors slowly began to creep back. They sliced the deficit to 105-102 on a pair of free throws by Bob Sura with 4:11 left.

But Golden State's next possession proved to be the turning point. Rookie Jason Richardson stole the ball from Moochie Norris and passed to Larry Hughes, who blew an easy layup.

"It was a big play in the game and he should have finished it and he didn't," Warriors forward Chris Mills said. "That pretty much turned the game around. We were coming back, playing pretty well at that point.

"I really can't tell you what was going through Larry's mind. But I know he had the ball in the middle and from the bench it looked like he didn't have the correct spacing."

Thomas went to work thereafter, scoring the next seven points to push Houston's lead to 112-102 with 1:56 remaining.

"Kenny is a tough player to guard because he has an aggressive mentality," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He did a good job of finding different ways to score."

After the blown layup, Steve Francis misfired on a 3-point attempt and Richardson grabbed the rebound. But he stepped out of bounds and Thomas converted a three-point play.

"It's been a chronic problem," Warriors coach Brian Winters said. "Every time we get in a close game, we find a way to shoot ourselves in the foot. A poor pass, maybe make a defensive mistake. Whatever it is, we need to get over it. When the game gets close, you have to have the ability to make a proper basektball play."

"When our guards were getting penetration to the lane, they were dropping it off to me and I was just trying to get the ball in the bucket," Thomas said. "Towards the end, my teammates were looking for me. The biggest thing for me was knocking down my free throws."

Golden State, which has lost a season-high 10 straight games, did not score again until a meaningless layup by Sura with one second left.

Thomas, whose previous high was 26 points against Miami on December 15, shot 10-of-16 from the floor and made 11-of-13 free throws. He helped Houston record its 13th straight win at Golden State.

The Rockets led 62-51 at halftime behind 19 points from Francis, who finished with 24.

Houston pushed its advantage to 16 points twice in the third quarter as Thomas' driving layup made it 83-67 with 4:57 to go.

But the Warriors responded with a 9-3 run to get within 84-76. Richardson made a pair of jumpers, Adonal Foyle sank a foul shot, Antawn Jamison hit a hook and Troy Murphy dunked.

However, Golden State's shortcomings on both ends of the court were evident in the rest of the quarter. The Warriors could have gotten within six points with just over a minute left in the period, but Murphy missed a jumper and Sura was off with a finger roll.

The Rockets were shooting 69 percent after three quarters but cooled off in the opening 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth. By the time Cuttino Mobley made a turnaround jumper with 4:24 left, Houston had missed 12 of its first 16 shots.

The Rockets ended up at 53 percent (44-of-83), making 9-of-18 shots from beyond the arc.

"When we win, it's because we pass the ball," Francis said. "When they came back, we knew if we concentrated on our offense, we'd be OK."

Sura came off the bench and led six players in double figures with 19 points. But the Warriors shot just 42 percent (39-of-92) en route to their sixth consecutive home loss. They share the worst record in the Western Conference with Memphis at 17-52.

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