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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 26 23 25 19 93 HOUSTON 37 33 15 30 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 24, SAM CASSELL 22, RAY ALLEN 19 HOU - WALT WILLIAMS 28, SHANDON ANDERSON 25, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 HOU - WALT WILLIAMS 10, SHANDON ANDERSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 10, DARVIN HAM 2 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 10,687


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (93) AT HOUSTON (115)

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

HAM F 34 2-2 0-0 3 2 5 2 5 0 3 4 ROBINSON F 37 10-19 4-4 2 5 7 1 1 1 3 24 JOHNSON C 17 0-1 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 ALLEN G 33 6-17 5-7 2 4 6 1 6 1 1 19 CASSELL G 39 7-15 8-8 2 0 2 10 3 0 4 22 THOMAS 22 3-7 1-1 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 7 HUNTER 25 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 7 S WILLIAMS 11 2-4 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 0 4 CAFFEY 16 1-5 4-6 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 ALSTON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 REDD 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-75 22-26 11 26 37 15 25 3 14 93 (.453) (.846) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

TAYLOR F 25 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 8 WILLIAMS F 41 10-16 5-6 3 7 10 4 4 3 4 28 OLAJUWON C 19 1-2 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 4 ANDERSON G 35 5-8 13-15 1 6 7 1 3 2 1 25 FRANCIS G 30 5-10 0-0 3 1 4 7 5 0 0 12 MOBLEY 27 4-14 5-5 0 3 3 2 3 0 3 14 BULLARD 24 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 14 NORRIS 23 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 4 4 0 2 8 CATO 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 ROGERS 13 1-1 0-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 2 COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-75 27-32 9 27 36 21 30 5 14 115 (.507) (.844) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 26 23 25 19 - 93 HOUSTON 37 33 15 30 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - HAM 2, ROBINSON 2, ALLEN, JOHNSON. HOUSTON - WILLIAMS 2, FRANCIS, OLAJUWON, TAYLOR, ROGERS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 3-9 (.333), ROBINSON 0-2, ALLEN 2-4, THOMAS 0-1, HUNTER 1-2. HOUSTON 12-27 (.444), WILLIAMS 3-7, ANDERSON 2-4, FRANCIS 2-3, MOBLEY 1-5, BULLARD 4-8. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 4. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, SEAN CORBIN, MIKE SMITH. A - 10,687. T - 2:16.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ham 34 2-2 0-0 3-5 2 5 4 Robinson 37 10-19 4-4 2-7 1 1 24 Johnson 17 0-1 0-0 1-6 0 2 0 Allen 33 6-17 5-7 2-6 1 6 19 Cassell 39 7-15 8-8 2-2 10 3 22 Thomas 22 3-7 1-1 0-4 1 3 7 Hunter 25 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 7 S Williams 11 2-4 0-0 1-6 0 1 4 Caffey 16 1-5 4-6 0-0 0 1 6 Alston 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Redd 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Przybilla DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 22-26 11-37 15 25 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Robinson 0-2, Allen 2-4, Thomas 0-1, Hunter 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Ham 2, Robinson 2, Allen, Johnson). Turnovers: 16 (Cassell 4, Ham 3, Robinson 3, Allen, Alston, Caffey, Thomas). Steals: 3 (Allen, Robinson, Thomas).

HOUSTON (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 25 4-9 0-0 0-1 0 4 8 Williams 41 10-16 5-6 3-10 4 4 28 Olajuwon 19 1-2 2-2 0-4 1 2 4 Anderson 35 5-8 13-15 1-7 1 3 25 Francis 30 5-10 0-0 3-4 7 5 12 Mobley 27 4-14 5-5 0-3 2 3 14 Bullard 24 5-9 0-0 0-1 2 3 14 Norris 23 3-6 2-2 0-2 4 4 8 Cato 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Rogers 13 1-1 0-2 2-3 0 2 2 Collier DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 27-32 9-36 21 30 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.844. 3-Point Goals: 12-27, .444 (Williams 3-7, Anderson 2-4, Francis 2-3, Mobley 1-5, Bullard 4-8). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Williams 2, Francis, Olajuwon, Taylor, Rogers). Turnovers: 15 (Williams 4, Mobley 3, Norris 2, Taylor 2, Anderson, Bullard, Olajuwon). Steals: 5 (Williams 3, Anderson 2). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 26 23 25 19 - 93 Houston 37 33 15 30 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 4 (Illegal Defense 4, 7:34 2nd, 11:02 3rd, 8:34 3rd, 1:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,687. T: 2:16. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin, Mike Smith.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- What Walt Williams started, the injury-plagued Houston Rockets needed Moochie Norris and Matt Bullard to finish.

Williams scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half as Houston broke out to a 25-point lead, but Norris and Bullard ignited a crucial fourth-quarter run the Rockets needed to secure their 115-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Norris finished with eight points and four assists and Bullard scored 14. But both came up big when the Rockets' lead was shaved to eight points early in the fourth quarter with the Bucks seemingly on the verge of taking over.

Shandon Anderson added 25 points and Steve Francis had 12 and seven assists for the Rockets, who saw Williams score the 7,000th point of his career on a free throw with 5:18 to go in the first half.

Glenn Robinson led the Bucks with 24 points, Sam Cassell contributed 22 and 10 assists and Ray Allen added 19 points before he fouled out.

"Our 1, 2, 3 men got dominated the whole game," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We were supposed to be improved defensively and I thought it was a joke out there. When you dig yourself a hole, you have to use a lot of energy. In the second half our offense ran out of gas."

The Rockets may have become complacent with the big early lead, but they were also hurt by injuries, as both Kelvin Cato and Maurice Taylor suffered sprained ankles and had to leave the game. Cato left in the second quarter and Taylor went out with 11:16 left in the game.

Houston team physician Walter Lowe described Taylor's sprain as "typical" and said he was day-to-day. Cato's condition is more serious, though.

"He has a high ankle sprain, which is a much more difficult sprain," Lowe said. "We need to do some more looking at it, so we'll get an MRI in the morning. He may be out a month to six weeks."

The Bucks took advantage, creeping within 87-79 when Jason Caffey nailed a 14-foot jumper with 9:38 left, and the Milwaukee defense had Houston scrambling for a shot as the 24-second clock was winding down. But Norris somehow got free on the left baseline for a 10-foot jumper that just beat the clock, sparking a 12-2 run that turned things around.

Bullard, known for his spot-up jump shooting on the perimeter, stunned the Compaq Center crowd by driving around Tim Thomas for a running hook in the lane. Norris stripped Cassell and Bullard blocked Thomas's jumper on the ensuing sequence, forcing a 24-second violation.

At the other end, Norris drove into the paint and as the Bucks collapsed to close off his path to the hoop he found Bullard out at the arc, and the 6-10 forward hit a 3-pointer, stretching the lead to 91-79 with 8:13 left.

"It's a big win for us to pull out even though we lost some guys down the stretch," Bullard said.

Anderson had a tip-in and when Cuttino Mobley nailed a 3-pointer with 5:48 to go, Houston was back in control, 99-81.

"There's a lot of disappointment in my heart, and it's time for everyone on this team to gut check and be ready for the next game," Allen said.

It didn't have to be so hard on Houston. The Rockets scored the first six points of the game and looked like they were ready to run away with it.

Williams found Anderson for an open 3-pointer and after Taylor blocked Allen's jumper, Williams hit Hakeem Olajuwon for a layup that gave the Rockets a 17-7 lead with 7:13 left in the first quarter.

Bullard's 3-pointer from the right side gave the Rockets their biggest lead of the quarter, 31-16, with 2:23 left.

Williams' 10-footer started the Rockets on a 7-0 run to open the second quarter, capped by Norris's jumper that gave Houston a 44-26 lead with 9:14 to go in the half.

"Tonight I just wanted to concentrate on my footwork," Williams said. "That's what I was working on and it looked like it helped. It's nice to be on a team where it's nice to do more than shoot the 3. That's kind of what I've been known to do. Tonight I was just out here looking for the open shot, creating things."

Francis gave the Rockets their largest lead of the first half, 68-43, when he nailed a 3-pointer from the right side with 2:16 to go.

They held a 70-49 lead at the break for their highest scoring half since they scored 71 against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15, 1997.

By holding off Milwaukee's rally, Houston avoided losing consecutive games at the start of the season for the second year in a row.

In 1999-2000, the Rockets dropped their first five games.

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