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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DENVER           20   22   18   25    85   
     HOUSTON          22   26   24   30    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - ANDRE MILLER 19, CARMELO ANTHONY 18, 
                      NENE HILARIO 13
                HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 21, YAO MING 19, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 17

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 9, NIKOLOZ TSKITISHVILI 
                      6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 4
                HOU - KELVIN CATO 13, CUTTINO MOBLEY 8, 
                      TORRAYE BRAGGS 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - ANDRE MILLER 3, CARMELO ANTHONY 2, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, MOOCHIE NORRIS 4, JIMMY
                      JACKSON 3

Box Score

DENVER (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Anthony 37 5-14 7-10 3-9 2 3 18 Nene 31 4-5 5-6 2-4 1 5 13 M Camby 22 2-7 0-0 2-4 0 4 4 V Lenard 27 1-8 3-3 2-4 0 2 5 A Miller 34 6-13 6-7 0-2 3 4 19 E Boykins 19 2-8 4-5 1-2 1 0 9 J Barry 18 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 1 7 F Elson 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 N Tskitishvili 16 1-6 2-2 3-6 0 2 4 R Bowen 8 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 C Andersen 16 1-4 2-3 1-4 0 2 4 R White 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-73 29-36 15-38 10 26 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (C Anthony 1-3, V Lenard 0-2, A Miller 1-3, E Boykins 1-2, J Barry 1-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:8 (C Andersen 3, M Camby 2, Nene 2, N Tskitishvili). Turnovers:22 (C Anthony 8, A Miller 3, V Lenard 2, M Camby 2, Nene 2, C Andersen 2, J Barry, N Tskitishvili, R White). Steals: 10 (Nene 3, F Elson 3, M Camby 2, A Miller, C Andersen). HOUSTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 30 5-12 0-0 2-4 3 4 10 K Cato 38 4-8 2-2 6-13 2 3 10 Y Ming 20 6-8 7-8 0-3 2 5 19 S Francis 36 5-11 6-11 2-4 6 2 17 C Mobley 42 6-16 7-8 0-8 2 1 21 B Nachbar 20 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 5 5 M Norris 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 2 2 M Taylor 19 5-11 0-0 1-4 1 4 10 T Braggs 16 2-5 2-3 3-6 1 3 6 M Wilks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Padgett 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 24-32 14-44 21 29 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (J Jackson 0-2, S Francis 1-1, C Mobley 2-3, B Nachbar 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (Y Ming 3, M Taylor). Turnovers:19 (M Norris 5, S Francis 4, C Mobley 3, Y Ming 3, J Jackson, B Nachbar, M Taylor, K Cato). Steals: 11 (J Jackson 3, C Mobley 3, S Francis 2, M Taylor, K Cato, Y Ming). ------------------------------------------- DENVER 20 22 18 25 - 85 HOUSTON 22 26 24 30 - 102 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 3 (M Taylor, 1:30 3rd; J Jackson, 10:51 3rd; S Francis, 2:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,189. T: 2:36. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Kevin Fehr, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

DENVER (85) AT HOUSTON (102) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C ANTHONY F 37 5-14 7-10 3 6 9 2 3 0 8 18 NENE F 31 4-5 5-6 2 2 4 1 5 3 2 13 M CAMBY C 22 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 2 2 4 V LENARD G 27 1-8 3-3 2 2 4 0 2 0 2 5 A MILLER G 34 6-13 6-7 0 2 2 3 4 1 3 19 E BOYKINS 19 2-8 4-5 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 9 J BARRY 18 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 7 F ELSON 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 2 N TSKITISHVILI 16 1-6 2-2 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 4 R BOWEN 8 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 C ANDERSEN 16 1-4 2-3 1 3 4 0 2 1 2 4 R WHITE 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 TOTALS 240 26-73 29-36 15 23 38 10 26 10 22 85 (.356) (.806) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23 (27 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON 30 5-12 0-0 2 2 4 3 4 3 1 10 K CATO F 38 4-8 2-2 6 7 13 2 3 1 1 10 Y MING C 20 6-8 7-8 0 3 3 2 5 1 3 19 S FRANCIS G 36 5-11 6-11 2 2 4 6 2 2 4 17 C MOBLEY G 42 6-16 7-8 0 8 8 2 1 3 3 21 B NACHBAR F 20 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 1 5 M NORRIS 15 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 0 5 2 M TAYLOR 19 5-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 1 1 10 T BRAGGS 16 2-5 2-3 3 3 6 1 3 0 0 6 M WILKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S PADGETT 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-76 24-32 14 30 44 21 29 11 19 102 (.487) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19 (13 PTS) DENVER 20 22 18 25 - 85 HOUSTON 22 26 24 30 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - C ANDERSEN 3, M CAMBY 2, NENE 2, N TSKITISHVILI. HOUSTON - Y MING 3, M TAYLOR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-13 (.308), C ANTHONY 1-3, V LENARD 0-2, A MILLER 1-3, E BOYKINS 1-2, J BARRY 1-3. HOUSTON 4-7 (.571), J JACKSON 0- 2, S FRANCIS 1-1, C MOBLEY 2-3, B NACHBAR 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - M TAYLOR, J JACKSON, S FRANCIS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, KEVIN FEHR, STEVE JAVIE. A - 18,189. T - 2:36.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Yao Ming gave Jeff Van Gundy the production he wanted, although the Houston Rockets' first-year coach probably wants his center to stay on the floor longer. Yao scored 19 points in a foul-plagued 20 minutes as the Rockets cruised to a 102-85 victory over the poor-shooting Denver Nuggets in Van Gundy's debut. It was a special night for the Rockets as Van Gundy became the 10th coach in team history in the first game at the $202 million Toyota Center. The former New York Knicks coach has made it a mandate for the offense to focus on Yao and Steve Francis. The 7-5 center responded with 15 points in the first half before foul trouble slowed him over the final 24 minutes. "I thought I played pretty good, but I got into foul trouble and I know I can play better," Yao said through an interpreter. "I just had way too many fouls and I would have liked to play more." "When you look at the fouls, some are going to be 50-50 type calls and there are others that we can help (Yao) avoid," Van Gundy said. "We need to get guys in front of him keeping the ball out of the lane so he is not in a vulnerable position." Cuttino Mobley led Houston with 21 points and Francis added 17 and six assists. The Rockets took control with a 13-5 spurt to start the second half, capped by Mobley's dunk off a feed from Francis for a 61-47 bulge with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter. Francis also finished with six assists, adjusting to his role as more of a distributor than a scorer as Houston moves away from its free-wheeling style. Francis and Van Gundy were rumored to have clashed during training camp about the team's new offense. "There wasn't a whole lot of guys trying to do a lot of things on their own," Francis said. "We got into sets, moved the ball around well and everybody got their shots. This year we know it's not about anyone getting a certain amount of points - it's about wins and losses." The Nuggets missed their first seven shots of the second half and endured a drought of more than six minutes in the fourth quarter. Denver shot just over 31 percent (11-of-35) after halftime. Denver, which won Wednesday's opener against San Antonio, was led by Andre Miller's 19 points. Rookie Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his 18 in the second half. "It was a very tough 18 points," said Anthony, who committed eight of Denver's 23 turnovers. "I tried to do too much, and in the second half I calmed down a little bit. We missed a ton of shots and Houston ran on us and picked up their lead." Anthony made 5-of-14 shots as he was held in check in the first half by veteran Jim Jackson and finished with only a pair of assists. "He's trying to do too much," Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "He'll figure it out and he will correct it. This game was uncharacteristic for him so far this season." Yao, who had three blocks, and Kelvin Cato helped anchor a strong defensive effort by Houston. Yao provided the signature moment of the game when he rejected Anthony twice in one sequence in the first quarter. Houston never trailed and shot 53 percent (20-of-38) in the second half. Francis and Mobley combined for 10 points in the third quarter as the Rockets began to pull away. Cato added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Jackson and Maurice Taylor chipped in 10 points apiece. "We have been with Jeff for better than a month now and I think everybody has a really good understanding of what he wants us to do," Cato said. Brazilian second-year center Nene netted 13 points and was the only other Nugget in double figures. Chris Andersen had three of Denver's eight blocks.


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