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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 17 24 22 22 8 93 NEW JERSEY 26 22 21 16 7 92 FINAL IN 1ST OT


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HOUSTON (93) AT NEW JERSEY (92) - FINAL IN OT

HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HARRINGTON F 27 5-13 2-2 5 7 12 0 5 0 1 12 PIPPEN F 47 10-23 6-10 1 5 6 6 4 4 7 26 OLAJUWON C 47 8-13 5-6 5 10 15 3 1 0 6 21 DICKERSON G 51 6-20 1-1 4 1 5 1 0 3 1 14 MALONEY G 20 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 BULLARD 12 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 MILLER 19 3-9 3-7 5 6 11 0 3 0 1 9 MOBLEY 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 PRICE 30 2-6 2-2 3 2 5 2 4 1 3 7 DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBERTS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 265 36-94 19-28 24 33 57 16 21 9 20 93 (.383) (.679) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 21(23 PTS)

NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BURRELL F 27 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 1 1 5 VAN HORN F 37 7-19 4-6 1 6 7 2 2 0 5 18 J WILLIAMS C 39 6-7 0-0 5 6 11 2 5 0 1 12 GILL G 40 10-17 4-4 0 4 4 1 6 6 2 24 KITTLES G 44 8-15 0-1 0 5 5 3 3 4 4 17 GATLING 16 2-8 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 6 JONES 14 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 MCILVAINE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MURDOCK 35 2-9 3-5 1 0 1 9 4 1 2 7 SEIKALY 10 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 1 BOYKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CASSELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE EVANS DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRIS DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK

TOTALS 265 38-85 14-20 11 28 39 21 28 13 16 92 (.447) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

HOUSTON 17 24 22 22 8 - 93 NEW JERSEY 26 22 21 16 7 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - PIPPEN, OLAJUWON, HARRINGTON, MILLER. NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS 3, GILL 2, KITTLES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 2-16 (.125), PIPPEN 0-5, OLAJUWON 0-1, DICKERSON 1-5, BULLARD 0-3, PRICE 1-2. NEW JERSEY 2-7 (.286), BURRELL 1-1, VAN HORN 0-2, KITTLES 1-1, MURDOCK 0-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - DICKERSON, NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, SCOTT FOSTER, MARC DAVIS. A - 18,469. T - 2:36.


Box Score

HOUSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 27 5-13 2-2 5-12 0 5 12 Pippen 47 10-23 6-10 1-6 6 4 26 Olajuwon 47 8-13 5-6 5-15 3 1 21 Dickerson 51 6-20 1-1 4-5 1 0 14 Maloney 20 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Bullard 12 1-6 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Miller 19 3-9 3-7 5-11 0 3 9 Mobley 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Price 30 2-6 2-2 3-5 2 4 7 Drew DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision Roberts DNP - strained right hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-94 19-28 24-57 16 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Pippen 0-5, Olajuwon 0-1, Dickerson 1-5, Bullard 0-3, Price 1-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Pippen, Olajuwon, Harrington, Miller). Turnovers: 21 (Pippen 7, Olajuwon 6, Price 3, Dickerson, Harrington, Maloney, Miller). Steals: 9 (Pippen 4, Dickerson 3, Mobley, Price).

NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 27 2-5 0-0 1-3 2 5 5 Van Horn 37 7-19 4-6 1-7 2 2 18 J Williams 39 6-7 0-0 5-11 2 5 12 Gill 40 10-17 4-4 0-4 1 6 24 Kittles 44 8-15 0-1 0-5 3 3 17 Gatling 16 2-8 2-2 2-4 1 1 6 Jones 14 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Mcilvaine 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Murdock 35 2-9 3-5 1-1 9 4 7 Seikaly 10 0-3 1-2 1-4 0 2 1 Boykins DNP - coach's decision Cassell DNP - sprained right ankle Evans DNP - coach's decision Harris DNP - strained lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 38-85 14-20 11-39 21 28 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Burrell 1-1, Van Horn 0-2, Kittles 1-1, Murdock 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (J Williams 3, Gill 2, Kittles). Turnovers: 17 (Van Horn 5, Kittles 4, Gill 2, Murdock 2, Burrell, J Williams, Seikaly). Steals: 13 (Gill 6, Kittles 4, Burrell, Jones, Murdock). _________________________________________________ Houston 17 24 22 22 8 - 93 New Jersey 26 22 21 16 7 - 92 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Dickerson, 2:41 4th). New Jersey 1 (Van Horn, 2:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,469. T: 2:36. Officials: Steve Javie, Scott Foster, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- When the Houston Rockets acquired Scottie Pippen, they knew they were getting one of the best all-around players in NBA history. As a bonus, they also acquired his reputation.

Pippen was the beneficiary of a very questionable call and made a free throw with 3.3 seconds left in overtime, giving the Rockets a 93-92 victory over the slumping New Jersey Nets.

With the game tied, Pippen came above the 3-point circle to receive a pass, which Nets forward Scott Burrell denied. The former Chicago Bulls teammates made incidental contact with their feet and Pippen fell as Hakeem Olajuwon's pass went out of bounds. But referee Marc Davis whistled Burrell for a foul, sending Pippen to the line.

"It was a foul," Pippen said. "I was tripped. It was obvious. He tried to overplay me and he tripped me, just like he used to do in practice."

Pippen gave his explanation in front of Burrell, who had come in to the visitors' locker room and watched with a puzzled look. Earlier, he gave his own take on the pivotal play.

"He falls down, the ball goes out of bounds," Burrell said. "Incidental contact is what won the game for them. It's a young referee making a call for a veteran."

Pippen made the first free throw and missed the second, giving the Nets one more chance. Keith Van Horn, whose 3-pointer was blocked by Pippen at the end of regulation, had another shot blocked by Othella Harrington as time expired.

Pippen scored 18 of his 26 points after halftime for Houston, which erased a 13-point second-quarter deficit and beat New Jersey for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings.

Hakeem Olajuwon added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets. After a mostly quiet second half, he sank a tying jumper with 4.4 seconds left in regulation and scored five points in overtime.

"It was a gift," admitted Olajuwon, whose teammates were joking about the finish in the locker room.

"It was a crazy, hard-fought game that could have gone either way," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I'm just glad the buzzer went off and we were ahead."

Kendall Gill scored 24 points and Kerry Kittles added 18 for the Nets, who lost for the fourth time in five games and are off to a 2-5 start, their worst in five seasons.

"That's a tough one to swallow," Nets coach John Calipari said. "I thought we did some good stuff, but not enough to win the game. I know you want me to say, 'This call, that call, this call,' but we shouldn't have been there in the first place."

The Nets appeared to have taken the lead on a tip-in by Jayson Williams with 6.6 seconds left. But referee Scott Foster waved off the basket with an offensive goaltending call.

Earlier, the Rockets had taken a 92-90 lead on a pair of free throws by Olajuwon with 53 seconds left, the result of what looked like another phantom call against New Jersey guard Eric Murdock.

"When you've got guys battling, you don't let the referees decide the game," said Gill, who aggravated his sprained left ankle late in the second quarter but remained in the game. "Two of the top 50 players (of all time) got fouls at the end of a game. I wish I had it like that."

Pippen scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a long corner jumper that gave Houston an 81-80 lead with 3:28 left. Van Horn answered with a hook and Gill drove for a layup to give the Nets an 84-81 advantage with 2:35 to go.

Harrington made two free throws after grabbing an offensive rebound with 1:59 remaining, but Olajuwon lost the ball out of bounds and Pippen shot an airball on consecutive possessions. The Nets had a chance to seal it, but Murdock made just 1-of-2 from the line with 12 seconds left.

On the next possession, Olajuwon seemed surprised to receive a pass but calmly nailed a 16-footer -- his only basket of the period -- to tie the game.

"When I caught the ball, I saw Scottie cutting through and I held it for a few seconds," Olajuwon said. "You're forced to make a move."

Rookie Michael Dickerson scored 14 points and Harrington added 12 and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 38 percent (36-of-94) from the field but compensated with a 57-39 rebounding advantage.

Kerry Kittles scored 17 points and Williams added 12 and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who shot 45 percent (38-of-85).

Playing its third game in three nights, Houston started slowly. New Jersey opened a 10-point lead in the first quarter and settled for a 26-17 advantage behind six points apiece from Gill and Williams.

Consecutive baskets by Gill gave the Nets their largest lead at 32-19 with 9:39 left in the second quarter. The Rockets closed to 48-41 at halftime and within 52-51 on a jumper by Pippen with 7:26 left in the third quarter.

"I thought we were losing some momentum," Pippen said. "Going into the second half, I wanted to have the ball in my hands."

Kittles made a jumper and 3-pointer to start a run of seven straight New Jersey points and a jumper by Burrell gave the Nets a 59-51 lead midway through the period.

Led by Pippen, the Rockets tied it twice but did not take their first lead until Dickerson drove for a basket and a 75-74 edge with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter. Neither team led by more than three points thereafter.

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