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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ORLANDO          15   12   24   27    78   
      HOUSTON          24   24   19   22    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 23, JAMEER NELSON 12, 
                      KELVIN CATO 11
                HOU - YAO MING 22, JON BARRY 19, BOB SURA 15

HIGH REBOUND:   ORL - DWIGHT HOWARD 11, STEVE FRANCIS 10, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                HOU - BOB SURA 11, YAO MING 10, JON BARRY 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 7, GRANT HILL 3, JAMEER 
                      NELSON 2
                HOU - BOB SURA 7, JON BARRY 5, ROD STRICKLAND 
                      4

         ATT:   18,282

Box Score

ORLANDO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Hill 33 5-12 0-1 1-6 3 2 10 D Howard 30 2-5 0-0 1-11 0 0 4 K Cato 37 3-6 5-6 1-6 0 4 11 S Francis 44 10-28 3-5 3-10 7 5 23 H Turkoglu 28 4-11 0-0 2-5 0 1 8 D Christie 14 1-4 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 P Garrity 13 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 J Nelson 24 6-9 0-0 1-2 2 6 12 T Battie 13 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 3 2 S Augmon 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A DeClercq 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 D Stevenson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 11-16 10-47 13 23 78 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (S Francis 0-4, H Turkoglu 0-2, P Garrity 1-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:3 (K Cato 2, D Howard). Turnovers:17 (S Francis 7, H Turkoglu 4, D Howard 3, G Hill 2, J Nelson). Steals: 6 (D Howard 2, D Christie, G Hill, K Cato, J Nelson). HOUSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Bowen 15 1-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 2 J Howard 31 5-11 0-0 2-4 2 3 10 Y Ming 36 9-14 4-5 1-10 1 4 22 D Wesley 42 4-10 2-3 0-3 2 2 10 B Sura 36 3-13 9-12 2-11 7 3 15 J Barry 33 7-10 2-2 0-6 5 0 19 R Strickland 16 0-7 2-2 0-3 4 2 2 D Mutombo 11 3-3 3-4 1-3 0 0 9 S Padgett 17 0-3 0-0 1-4 1 2 0 A Barrett 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION T McGrady DNP - PERSONAL REASONS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 22-28 7-47 22 19 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (D Wesley 0-2, B Sura 0-4, J Barry 3-5, R Strickland 0-1, S Padgett 0-1, A Barrett 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (Y Ming 2). Turnovers:10 (B Sura 3, Y Ming 3, R Strickland 2, D Wesley, J Howard). Steals: 9 (D Wesley 6, B Sura, J Barry, Y Ming). ------------------------------------------- ORLANDO 15 12 24 27 - 78 HOUSTON 24 24 19 22 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,282. T: 2:11. Officials: Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

ORLANDO (78) AT HOUSTON (89) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G HILL F 33 5-12 0-1 1 5 6 3 2 1 2 10 D HOWARD F 30 2-5 0-0 1 10 11 0 0 2 3 4 K CATO C 37 3-6 5-6 1 5 6 0 4 1 0 11 S FRANCIS G 44 10-28 3-5 3 7 10 7 5 0 7 23 H TURKOGLU G 28 4-11 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 4 8 D CHRISTIE 14 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4 P GARRITY 13 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 J NELSON 24 6-9 0-0 1 1 2 2 6 1 1 12 T BATTIE 13 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 2 S AUGMON 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A DECLERCQ 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 D STEVENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-82 11-16 10 37 47 13 23 6 17 78 (.402) (.688) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17 (10 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R BOWEN F 15 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 2 J HOWARD F 31 5-11 0-0 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 10 Y MING C 36 9-14 4-5 1 9 10 1 4 1 3 22 D WESLEY G 42 4-10 2-3 0 3 3 2 2 6 1 10 B SURA G 36 3-13 9-12 2 9 11 7 3 1 3 15 J BARRY 33 7-10 2-2 0 6 6 5 0 1 0 19 R STRICKLAND 16 0-7 2-2 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 2 D MUTOMBO 11 3-3 3-4 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 9 S PADGETT 17 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 A BARRETT 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION T MCGRADY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS TOTALS 240 32-78 22-28 7 40 47 22 19 9 10 89 (.410) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12 (6 PTS) ORLANDO 15 12 24 27 - 78 HOUSTON 24 24 19 22 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - K CATO 2, D HOWARD. HOUSTON - Y MING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 1-8 (.125), S FRANCIS 0-4, H TURKOGLU 0- 2, P GARRITY 1-2. HOUSTON 3-14 (.214), D WESLEY 0-2, B SURA 0-4, J BARRY 3- 5, R STRICKLAND 0-1, S PADGETT 0-1, A BARRETT 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED MALLOY, KEN MAUER, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,282. T - 2:11.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- No Tracy McGrady, no problem for the Houston Rockets. Playing without their leading scorer, the Rockets got 22 points from Yao Ming and a season-high 19 from Jon Barry in an 89-78 victory over the Orlando Magic. The game was the second in five days between the teams involved in a seven-player blockbuster deal in the offseason in which McGrady and Magic guard Steve Francis were the key figures. Behind McGrady's 27 points, the Rockets won the first meeting since the trade besting Orlando 108-99 on Thursday. Without McGrady, who was attending to a family emergency, Houston was picked up by a stifling first-half defense that was responsible for opening a 48-27 cushion. The Magic shot 30 percent (11-of-37) and committed 12 turnovers before halftime, setting a franchise low for first-half scoring. Their previous low was 29 points at Indiana on November 22, 2002. The Rockets' strong start without McGrady did not surprise coach Jeff Van Gundy. "I think you underestimate professional athletes," Van Gundy said. "They think they can win regardless of who plays. Obviously you never want to miss someone of Tracy's magnitude over a period of time, but in a one-game situation you can overcome anybody's loss." Yao scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Barry had seven points, five rebounds and five assists before the break. "Not having (McGrady), we really made a focus to get the ball in the paint," said Barry, who hit a series of big shots in the second half. After Orlando cut the deficit to 61-49 late in the third, Barry hit a 3-pointer and a 15-footer in a span of 30 seconds to help Houston take a 67-51 lead into the fourth. The Magic got within 72-65 midway through the fourth on rookie Jameer Nelson's basket, but Barry responded with his third 3-pointer to push the lead to double digits. "Jon did a great job," Van Gundy said. "He gave us a cushion early and then hitting those two big shots when we were dead in the water (late) in the third quarter." The win was the Rockets' first in three tries without McGrady this season. "Anytime you lose your big gun you want to prove you can still get it done," said Barry, who was acquired December 23 in a trade with Atlanta. "Tracy's been playing great for us. You take 25 points out of the lineup, you have to make it up somewhere." In the first 24 minutes of his return to Houston, Francis was 1-of-8 with three turnovers. He recovered to finish with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists but had seven of the Magic's 17 turnovers. Francis played five seasons with the Rockets and received mostly cheers when introduced before the game. "I am grateful for the ovation the fans gave me," said Francis, who shot 8-of-16 in the second half. "It felt different knowing this is where I started and this is where I learned to play the game. "I think it's difficult coming back, playing your first game," said Van Gundy, who coached Francis last season. "The first half was a bit of an aberration (for Francis)." Van Gundy said he wasn't sure whether McGrady would be back when Houston visits New Orleans on Tuesday. "I don't want to get used to it," Barry said. "I hope he's there."


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