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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     ORLANDO          26   25   22   13    86   
     HOUSTON          29   28   22   17    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ORL - JUWAN HOWARD 22, TYRONN LUE 18, STEVE 
                      HUNTER 15
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 31, CUTTINO MOBLEY 21, YAO
                      MING 16

HIGH REBOUND:   ORL - STEVE HUNTER 9, JUWAN HOWARD 7, TRACY 
                      MCGRADY 6
                HOU - KELVIN CATO 11, YAO MING 11, TORRAYE 
                      BRAGGS 10

HIGH ASSISTS:   ORL - TYRONN LUE 7, TRACY MCGRADY 5, JUWAN 
                      HOWARD 3
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,148

Box Score

ORLANDO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 40 2-10 4-4 1-4 2 2 8 J Howard 42 10-18 2-3 2-7 3 5 22 S Hunter 32 7-9 1-4 4-9 1 5 15 T McGrady 41 5-21 2-3 1-6 5 2 14 T Lue 38 5-12 7-7 2-5 7 1 18 Z Pachulia 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 K Bogans 18 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 7 S Williams 13 0-0 1-1 0-1 1 1 1 P Garrity 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Harvey 4 0-1 1-2 1-1 0 1 1 A DeClercq DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Gaines DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 18-24 12-35 19 18 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (T McGrady 2-4, T Lue 1-2, K Bogans 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (S Hunter 2, T McGrady, D Gooden, T Lue). Turnovers:11 (T McGrady 5, T Lue, D Harvey, S Hunter, D Gooden, K Bogans, Z Pachulia). Steals: 6 (J Howard 2, T McGrady, T Lue, K Bogans, Z Pachulia). HOUSTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 34 2-11 0-0 0-5 3 5 5 K Cato 30 3-7 4-4 4-11 1 3 10 Y Ming 34 6-18 4-6 6-11 3 2 16 S Francis 44 11-18 6-8 2-7 6 1 31 C Mobley 42 9-14 1-2 0-2 2 2 21 T Braggs 15 0-2 0-0 5-10 1 1 0 B Nachbar 19 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 1 6 S Padgett 15 3-3 0-2 2-3 1 1 7 M Norris 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Taylor DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE M Wilks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 15-22 19-51 21 16 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (J Jackson 1-8, S Francis 3-6, C Mobley 2-2, B Nachbar 2-5, S Padgett 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (S Francis 2, K Cato, S Padgett, B Nachbar, Y Ming). Turnovers:15 (J Jackson 3, C Mobley 3, S Francis 3, T Braggs 3, K Cato 2, Y Ming). Steals: 6 (S Francis 2, J Jackson, T Braggs, Y Ming, K Cato). ------------------------------------------- ORLANDO 26 25 22 13 - 86 HOUSTON 29 28 22 17 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 4 (Defensive Three, 0:17 1st; Defensive Three, 7:49 3rd; Defensive Three, 10:56 3rd; Y Ming, 2:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,148. T: 2:14. Officials: Jack Nies, Jess Kersey, Marc Davis.


Extended Box

ORLANDO (86) AT HOUSTON (96) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 40 2-10 4-4 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 8 J HOWARD F 42 10-18 2-3 2 5 7 3 5 2 0 22 S HUNTER C 32 7-9 1-4 4 5 9 1 5 0 1 15 T MCGRADY G 41 5-21 2-3 1 5 6 5 2 1 5 14 T LUE G 38 5-12 7-7 2 3 5 7 1 1 1 18 Z PACHULIA 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 K BOGANS 18 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 7 S WILLIAMS 13 0-0 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 P GARRITY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D HARVEY 4 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 A DECLERCQ DNP - COACH'S DECISION R GAINES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-79 18-24 12 23 35 19 18 6 11 86 (.405) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (19 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 34 2-11 0-0 0 5 5 3 5 1 3 5 K CATO F 30 3-7 4-4 4 7 11 1 3 1 2 10 Y MING C 34 6-18 4-6 6 5 11 3 2 1 1 16 S FRANCIS G 44 11-18 6-8 2 5 7 6 1 2 3 31 C MOBLEY G 42 9-14 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 3 21 T BRAGGS 15 0-2 0-0 5 5 10 1 1 1 3 0 B NACHBAR 19 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 6 S PADGETT 15 3-3 0-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 7 M NORRIS 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION M TAYLOR DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE M WILKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-80 15-22 19 32 51 21 16 6 15 96 (.450) (.682) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) ORLANDO 26 25 22 13 - 86 HOUSTON 29 28 22 17 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - S HUNTER 2, T MCGRADY, D GOODEN, T LUE. HOUSTON - S FRANCIS 2, K CATO, S PADGETT, B NACHBAR, Y MING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-9 (.444), T MCGRADY 2-4, T LUE 1-2, K BOGANS 1- 3. HOUSTON 9-22 (.409), J JACKSON 1-8, S FRANCIS 3-6, C MOBLEY 2-2, B NACHBAR 2-5, S PADGETT 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE 3, Y MING. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, JESS KERSEY, MARC DAVIS. A - 18,148. T - 2:14.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The season has just begun, but Tracy McGrady and the Orlando Magic already could use a vacation. McGrady had another horrible shooting night as Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley led the Houston Rockets to a 96-86 triumph over the Magic, who have lost six straight games. Francis scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting and Mobley chipped in 21 and stellar defense on McGrady for the Rockets, who improved to 4-1. "I thought we all played together and that's what we've done in the four games that we have won," Francis said. "I thought everybody came out focused. We knew we had a lull for a couple minutes, but I thought everybody was on the same page and we got the job done. I thought that it started with the defense on McGrady." Yao Ming added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kelvin Cato 10 and 11 for Houston, which has won three in a row over Orlando after losing 14 of the previous 15 encounters. "We were talking about our original plan to defend Tracy McGrady," Yao said. "Our whole defense was centered on stopping him." McGrady, who scored just four points in a 100-71 home loss to Minnesota on Friday, scored 14 points but was hounded by Mobley into 5-of-21 shooting. The perennial All-Star has just 22 points in his last five halves. "I had a lot of help from the team (guarding McGrady)," Mobley said. "Jeff's (Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy) philosophy (of team defense) helped me out a lot. I definitely enjoy the challenge. I want to prove to people I can play. Jeff gives me the opportunity to showcase what I can do. He has high expectations of me, offensively and defensively." "Cuttino did a good job of having a hand in (McGrady's) face every single time," Francis said. "Somebody had a hand in his face all the time." Juwan Howard scored 22 points, Tyronn Lue added 18 and Steven Hunter 15 for Orlando, which is on its longest losing streak since an eight-game skid from January 7-20, 2000. Houston held just an 81-78 advantage before Mobley nailed a jumper and Cato had a dunk and pair of free throws to make it 87-78 with 8:36 remaining. Orlando got no closer than six points thereafter. "I liked the way we played," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "In the fourth quarter we had good shots, but we didn't execute our offense well. Things aren't going well for us and when that happens, usually shots don't fall. They have to keep thinking positive." "We kept fighting to the end and then ran out of gas," Lue said. "We just couldn't get over the hump." Houston outrebounded Orlando, 51-35, and had three players reach double figures in the category. Unheralded backup forward Torraye Braggs was held scoreless but grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. "I'm trying to focus on rebounding and bringing energy," Braggs said. "I just have to play my part before (suspended forwards Maurice Taylor and Eddie Griffin) get back. We're just trying to fill in before the normal guys get back and play our roles." The Rockets, who held a 29-26 edge after one quarter, opened up a 41-27 lead 3:36 into the second period before the Magic climbed within 57-51 at the break. "I didn't think much of our team defense in the first half," Van Gundy said. "As a group it was very good in the second half. The first half we were really good offensively. The second half was a little flip-flop." "That was really a big pickup for Houston (getting Van Gundy in the offseason)," Howard said. "He is a great coach and it's really good to see him out there teaching."


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