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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MEMPHIS          26   25   21   15    87   
      HOUSTON          21   26   23   20    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - STROMILE SWIFT 18, PAU GASOL 15, BONZI 
                      WELLS 13
                HOU - JUWAN HOWARD 20, YAO MING 14, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - BONZI WELLS 6, PAU GASOL 6, MIKE MILLER 
                      5
                HOU - YAO MING 11, JIMMY JACKSON 9, TRACY 
                      MCGRADY 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 7, EARL WATSON 3, PAU 
                      GASOL 3
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 7, CHARLIE WARD 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   11,568

Box Score

MEMPHIS (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Gasol 32 4-7 7-10 0-6 3 3 15 S Battier 25 2-4 2-2 0-2 0 3 6 L Wright 25 2-7 1-2 1-3 2 4 5 B Wells 32 6-13 0-0 2-6 1 3 13 J Williams 29 3-7 0-0 0-1 7 2 7 M Miller 23 2-5 2-2 0-5 2 2 6 S Swift 23 3-9 12-13 1-3 1 2 18 D Jones 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 E Watson 19 3-5 2-2 0-1 3 3 10 B Cardinal 16 0-5 3-3 0-2 0 2 3 J Posey DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT J Tsakalidis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-66 29-34 4-29 19 26 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.853. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (P Gasol 0-1, S Battier 0-2, B Wells 1-1, J Williams 1-2, M Miller 0-2, D Jones 0-2, E Watson 2-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots:2 (B Cardinal, S Swift). Turnovers:15 (J Williams 4, E Watson 3, L Wright 2, P Gasol 2, B Wells 2, S Swift, D Jones). Steals: 15 (B Wells 4, J Williams 3, B Cardinal 2, P Gasol 2, S Swift, M Miller, D Jones, S Battier). HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 44 4-10 1-1 1-9 2 3 11 M Taylor 25 6-11 0-0 0-3 3 3 12 Y Ming 31 6-12 2-2 2-11 1 6 14 T McGrady 29 5-11 1-2 2-6 7 3 12 C Ward 32 2-5 2-2 0-2 4 1 8 D Mutombo 15 2-2 2-2 0-2 0 1 6 T Lue 16 1-8 0-0 0-0 3 4 2 B Nachbar 22 1-2 3-4 0-3 0 1 5 J Howard 24 7-12 6-6 3-3 0 5 20 R Bowen 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Padgett DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 17-19 8-39 20 27 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (J Jackson 2-3, T McGrady 1-3, C Ward 2-4, T Lue 0-3). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:2 (Y Ming 2). Turnovers:24 (J Jackson 5, J Howard 5, T McGrady 5, M Taylor 3, Y Ming 3, C Ward 2, T Lue). Steals: 7 (C Ward 2, M Taylor 2, T McGrady 2, J Jackson). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 26 25 21 15 - 87 HOUSTON 21 26 23 20 - 90 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:44 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,568. T: 2:23. Officials: Anthony Jordan, Leroy Richardson, Ron Garretson.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (87) AT HOUSTON (90) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P GASOL F 32 4-7 7-10 0 6 6 3 3 2 2 15 S BATTIER F 25 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 6 L WRIGHT C 25 2-7 1-2 1 2 3 2 4 0 2 5 B WELLS G 32 6-13 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 4 2 13 J WILLIAMS G 29 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 7 2 3 4 7 M MILLER 23 2-5 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 0 6 S SWIFT 23 3-9 12-13 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 18 D JONES 16 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 E WATSON 19 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 10 B CARDINAL 16 0-5 3-3 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 3 J POSEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT FOOT J TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-66 29-34 4 25 29 19 26 15 15 87 (.409) (.853) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 16 (10 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 44 4-10 1-1 1 8 9 2 3 1 5 11 M TAYLOR F 25 6-11 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 2 3 12 Y MING C 31 6-12 2-2 2 9 11 1 6 0 3 14 T MCGRADY G 29 5-11 1-2 2 4 6 7 3 2 5 12 C WARD G 32 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 2 2 8 D MUTOMBO 15 2-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 6 T LUE 16 1-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 2 B NACHBAR 22 1-2 3-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 5 J HOWARD 24 7-12 6-6 3 0 3 0 5 0 5 20 R BOWEN 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-73 17-19 8 31 39 20 27 7 24 90 (.466) (.895) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 24 (26 PTS) MEMPHIS 26 25 21 15 - 87 HOUSTON 21 26 23 20 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - B CARDINAL, S SWIFT. HOUSTON - Y MING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 4-12 (.333), P GASOL 0-1, S BATTIER 0-2, B WELLS 1-1, J WILLIAMS 1-2, M MILLER 0-2, D JONES 0-2, E WATSON 2- 2. HOUSTON 5-13 (.385), J JACKSON 2-3, T MCGRADY 1-3, C WARD 2-4, T LUE 0- 3. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, LEROY RICHARDSON, RON GARRETSON. A - 11,568. T - 2:23.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- After the Houston Rockets lost All-Star Tracy McGrady for the fourth quarter, Juwan Howard helped them win. Howard scored 10 of his season-high 20 points in the final period as the Rockets won their third straight game, escaping with a 90-87 triumph over the winless Memphis Grizzlies. After McGrady, a two-time scoring champion, went to the locker room with an apparent hip injury after the third quarter, Howard scored eight of Houston's first 10 points in the fourth period. He hit a pair of free throws with 6:57 remaining to tie it, 78-78, and start a decisive 11-0 run. Acquired with McGrady in an offseason trade with Orlando, Howard hit a layup 29 seconds later to give the Rockets the lead for good. Charlie Ward followed with a 3-pointer. Howard said he did not feel any extra pressure without McGrady in the lineup, although he is still adjusting to his role as a non-starter. "That is what team basketball is all about," Howard said. "We have a lot of depth, a lot of talented players on this basketball team. If a player goes down with an injury the rest of us have to be ready to step up every night. Coming off the bench is something new to me. You just go out there and try to find ways to stay loose and stay active." McGrady played through the injury in the first half, but left the court before the start of the fourth quarter. He said that his status for Thursday's home game against Minnesota is still up in the air. "Right now, I don't know if I will be ready to go next time," McGrady said. "But right now, we'll treat it and see how it is tomorrow. As of now, I don't think I could play, but I don't want to look at it like that. I definitely want to come out and try to play Thursday. McGrady is upset with the timing of the injury. "It's early, but it is pretty aggravating," McGrady said. "The thing about it right now is that guys are really starting to come together and come to our own. We are playing good basketball, and for this to happen, it's really disappointing to me." Yao Ming scored the next four points, including a one-handed follow dunk. Howard capped the run with a pair of free throws, giving the Rockets an 87-78 lead. Yao had 14 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with just over one minute to play. Jimmy Jackson added 11 and nine for Houston, which outrebounded Memphis, 39-29. Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy was happy to get the win without having his top scorer available in the fourth quarter. "It's a great win. I'm happy. I really am," Van Gundy said. "We didn't compete as hard as they did in the first half. Usually just playing good for 24 minutes is not good enough against most teams, but tonight it was." Stromile Swift scored 18 points and Pau Gasol added 15 for Memphis (0-4), which led after each of the first three quarters. Swift sank his first 12 free throws before missing with the Grizzlies trailing, 89-86, with 29 seconds remaining. "We gave ourselves a chance to win, but we waited to long," Swift said. "Too many turnovers killed us in the end. " "Our defense has to continue to be like it was tonight," Gasol said. "It was excellent the entire game and we played better tonight that we did in any of our other three games. We played as a team." The Grizzlies led by as many as 10 points in the first half before the Rockets made a mini-run to get back in the game. Jim Jackson hit a 3-pointer during the run and McGrady added three points before Memphis recovered to take a 51-47 lead into the break.


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