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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          21   17   29   22    89   
     CLEVELAND        13   24   29   19    85      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 18, STEVE FRANCIS 18, 
                      MAURICE TAYLOR 14
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 19, LEBRON JAMES 17, 
                      TONY BATTIE 14

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - KELVIN CATO 10, CUTTINO MOBLEY 7, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 7
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 11, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 9, 
                      KEDRICK BROWN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, JIMMY JACKSON 6, 
                      CUTTINO MOBLEY 6
                CLE - KEVIN OLLIE 6, ERIC WILLIAMS 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   14,567

Box Score

HOUSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 37 4-14 2-2 1-6 6 4 11 K Cato 30 2-5 0-0 2-10 0 2 4 Y Ming 30 6-8 0-0 1-6 0 4 12 S Francis 45 6-18 5-6 0-7 9 3 18 C Mobley 41 8-16 0-0 0-7 6 1 18 M Taylor 25 6-12 2-2 1-3 1 3 14 E Piatkowski 17 4-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 10 M Norris 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 S Padgett 11 1-1 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Ford DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Nachbar DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 9-10 6-45 23 19 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (J Jackson 1-8, S Francis 1-4, C Mobley 2-6, E Piatkowski 2-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:11 (M Taylor 3, Y Ming 3, J Jackson, K Cato, S Padgett, C Mobley, E Piatkowski). Turnovers:10 (M Taylor 3, Y Ming 2, J Jackson, K Cato, C Mobley, S Francis, S Padgett). Steals: 5 (K Cato 2, J Jackson, C Mobley, S Francis). CLEVELAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Miles 23 1-6 0-0 0-5 0 3 2 C Boozer 32 1-6 3-5 1-11 3 2 5 Z Ilgauskas 30 6-18 7-8 5-9 1 3 19 L James 36 7-19 1-2 0-1 3 2 17 J Bremer 13 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 K Brown 25 4-8 0-0 1-7 1 0 11 E Williams 31 3-9 5-8 2-4 5 1 11 T Battie 32 7-13 0-0 2-4 2 1 14 K Ollie 18 2-4 0-0 1-3 6 1 6 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION I Newble DNP - SICK J Kapono DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-88 16-23 12-44 21 13 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (D Miles 0-1, L James 2-4, J Bremer 0-2, K Brown 3-5, K Ollie 2-2). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:1 (Z Ilgauskas). Turnovers:8 (T Battie 2, L James 2, E Williams, D Miles, C Boozer, Z Ilgauskas). Steals: 5 (J Bremer 2, E Williams, D Miles, K Brown). ------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 21 17 29 22 - 89 CLEVELAND 13 24 29 19 - 85 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,567. T: 2:02. Officials: Gary Zielinski, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (89) AT CLEVELAND (85) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 37 4-14 2-2 1 5 6 6 4 1 1 11 K CATO F 30 2-5 0-0 2 8 10 0 2 2 1 4 Y MING C 30 6-8 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 2 12 S FRANCIS G 45 6-18 5-6 0 7 7 9 3 1 1 18 C MOBLEY G 41 8-16 0-0 0 7 7 6 1 1 1 18 M TAYLOR 25 6-12 2-2 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 14 E PIATKOWSKI 17 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 10 M NORRIS 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 S PADGETT 11 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 1 2 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION A FORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION B NACHBAR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-81 9-10 6 39 45 23 19 5 10 89 (.457) (.900) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10 (5 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MILES F 23 1-6 0-0 0 5 5 0 3 1 1 2 C BOOZER F 32 1-6 3-5 1 10 11 3 2 0 1 5 Z ILGAUSKAS C 30 6-18 7-8 5 4 9 1 3 0 1 19 L JAMES G 36 7-19 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 2 17 J BREMER G 13 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 K BROWN 25 4-8 0-0 1 6 7 1 0 1 0 11 E WILLIAMS 31 3-9 5-8 2 2 4 5 1 1 1 11 T BATTIE 32 7-13 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 14 K OLLIE 18 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 6 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION I NEWBLE DNP - SICK J KAPONO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-88 16-23 12 32 44 21 13 5 8 85 (.352) (.696) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 8 (9 PTS) HOUSTON 21 17 29 22 - 89 CLEVELAND 13 24 29 19 - 85 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - M TAYLOR 3, Y MING 3, J JACKSON, K CATO, S PADGETT, C MOBLEY, E PIATKOWSKI. CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 6-22 (.273), J JACKSON 1-8, S FRANCIS 1- 4, C MOBLEY 2-6, E PIATKOWSKI 2-4. CLEVELAND 7-14 (.500), D MILES 0- 1, L JAMES 2-4, J BREMER 0-2, K BROWN 3-5, K OLLIE 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY ZIELINSKI, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 14,567. T - 2:02.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Steve Francis came alive in the fourth quarter to help the Houston Rockets snap a three-game losing streak. Francis scored seven of his 18 points in a decisive run to lead the Rockets to a 89-85 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With 5:21 left, rookie LeBron James beat the shot clock with a long jump shot to put the Cavaliers up, 78-71. But Francis started a 12-point surge for the Rockets with a 3-pointer at the other end. James got Cleveland within 87-85 on a long 3-pointer off the glass with 9.8 seconds left. Francis answered with a pair of free throws to ice the game. "Not to take anything away from Cleveland, but we haven't done that in a while," Francis said of the late surge. "It's not about me thinking shot first. It's more important for me getting guys involved." Francis dished out nine assists and committed only one turnover to remain effective on a night when he shot just 6-of-18 from the floor. "I thought he played real hard," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "You can play well when you don't shoot well." James scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 19 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost three in a row and 12 of 14. The three players the Cavaliers acquired in Monday's deal with the Boston Celtics made positive debuts. Tony Battie scored 14 points and Eric Williams and Kedrick Brown each chipped in 11. "I wanted them to shoot," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "They're just good basketball players. They are going to help us win a lot of ballgames." Cuttino Mobley, who put the Rockets ahead to stay at 79-78 on a 3-pointer with four minutes left, scored 18 points. "The big three has to come to play, that's all," said Mobley, referring to himself, Francis and center Yao Ming, who had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. "And we came to play tonight." Maurice Taylor and Eric Piatkowski also provided a spark for Houston off the bench, scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively.


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