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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 28 23 21 26 98 SACRAMENTO 25 29 33 24 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 20, CUTTINO MOBLEY 19, WALT WILLIAMS 16 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 37, DOUG CHRISTIE 18, HIDAYET TURKOGLU 16

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 18, VLADE DIVAC 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 10, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 SAC - DOUG CHRISTIE 8, JASON WILLIAMS 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

HOUSTON (98) AT SACRAMENTO (111)

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

TAYLOR F 21 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 2 4 WILLIAMS F 33 6-9 3-4 1 2 3 0 4 1 2 16 OLAJUWON C 27 3-8 4-5 3 6 9 0 2 3 1 10 ANDERSON G 18 2-4 4-4 0 1 1 2 0 2 1 8 FRANCIS G 47 6-15 8-9 3 3 6 10 1 3 3 20 MOBLEY 33 7-17 5-6 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 19 THOMAS 30 3-4 0-2 1 4 5 2 5 1 2 7 BULLARD 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 NORRIS 24 5-11 4-6 0 3 3 2 1 1 3 14 LANGHI 1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-76 28-36 10 27 37 20 20 12 15 98 (.447) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

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

TURKOGLU F 37 5-9 5-6 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 16 WEBBER F 43 15-26 7-7 5 13 18 2 3 2 4 37 DIVAC C 25 0-4 1-2 2 6 8 4 4 1 1 1 CHRISTIE G 37 7-14 2-2 1 1 2 8 5 3 3 18 WILLIAMS G 37 5-12 0-0 0 1 1 6 4 1 1 13 POLLARD 16 3-5 4-4 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 10 BARRY 13 0-2 2-3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 JACKSON 22 5-11 0-0 2 5 7 0 1 0 3 12 MARTIN 5 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 FUNDERBURKE 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION STOJAKOVIC DNP - BRUISED RIGHT SHOULDER

TOTALS 240 40-84 23-26 13 31 44 24 26 8 15 111 (.476) (.885) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

HOUSTON 28 23 21 26 - 98 SACRAMENTO 25 29 33 24 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - THOMAS 3, OLAJUWON 3, MOBLEY 2, FRANCIS. SACRAMENTO - TURKOGLU 3, WEBBER, CHRISTIE, POLLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 2-13 (.154), WILLIAMS 1-2, ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 0-4, MOBLEY 0-2, THOMAS 1-1, BULLARD 0-1, NORRIS 0-2. SACRAMENTO 8-17 (.471), TURKOGLU 1-1, WEBBER 0-1, CHRISTIE 2-3, WILLIAMS 3-5, POLLARD 0-1, BARRY 0-2, JACKSON 2-4. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - FRANCIS, SACRAMENTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TONY BROTHERS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 17,317. T - 2:13.


Box Score

HOUSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 21 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 4 4 Williams 33 6-9 3-4 1-3 0 4 16 Olajuwon 27 3-8 4-5 3-9 0 2 10 Anderson 18 2-4 4-4 0-1 2 0 8 Francis 47 6-15 8-9 3-6 10 1 20 Mobley 33 7-17 5-6 2-6 1 1 19 Thomas 30 3-4 0-2 1-5 2 5 7 Bullard 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Norris 24 5-11 4-6 0-3 2 1 14 Langhi 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Miller DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - strained right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 28-36 10-37 20 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Williams 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Francis 0-4, Mobley 0-2, Thomas 1-1, Bullard 0-1, Norris 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Thomas 3, Olajuwon 3, Mobley 2, Francis). Turnovers: 16 (Francis 3, Norris 3, Taylor 2, Thomas 2, Williams 2, Anderson, Mobley, Olajuwon). Steals: 12 (Francis 3, Olajuwon 3, Anderson 2, Mobley, Norris, Thomas, Williams).

SACRAMENTO (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Turkoglu 37 5-9 5-6 1-4 1 4 16 Webber 43 15-26 7-7 5-18 2 3 37 Divac 25 0-4 1-2 2-8 4 4 1 Christie 37 7-14 2-2 1-2 8 5 18 Williams 37 5-12 0-0 0-1 6 4 13 Pollard 16 3-5 4-4 2-4 0 3 10 Barry 13 0-2 2-3 0-0 2 1 2 Jackson 22 5-11 0-0 2-7 0 1 12 Martin 5 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Funderburke 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Stojakovic DNP - bruised right shoulder _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-84 23-26 13-44 24 26 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Turkoglu 1-1, Webber 0-1, Christie 2-3, Williams 3-5, Pollard 0-1, Barry 0-2, Jackson 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Turkoglu 3, Webber, Christie, Pollard). Turnovers: 16 (Webber 4, Christie 3, Jackson 3, Pollard 2, Divac, Turkoglu, Williams). Steals: 8 (Christie 3, Webber 2, Barry, Divac, Williams). ____________________________________________ Houston 28 23 21 26 - 98 Sacramento 25 29 33 24 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Francis, 8:25 2nd). Sacramento 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:13. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Tony Brothers, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- With over 17,000 fans pleading for him to stay in Sacramento, Chris Webber exploded for season highs of 37 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Kings to a 111-98 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Webber notched his ninth consecutive double-double as the Kings began their campaign to keep the impending free agent forward in Sacramento, handing out white signs with "Stay!" printed on them to tonight's crowd.

The All-Star power forward is a free agent at the end of this season and has been rumored to be headed elsewhere, with his hometown of Detroit or media center New York having been named as possible destinations. Webber has not said he is leaving.

"It was flattering, it definitely made me feel good," said Webber, who has led the team in scoring the last five games, averaging 28.2 points. "I didn't really notice it at first. It was flattering. As a player what else could you ask for except to be loved by your fans and it really made me feel good. They didn't tell me they were going to do it because I would have said, `No.' It was definitely flattering though, and I think everybody that had a sign out there, it meant a lot to me."

Doug Christie added 18 points and a season-high eight assists and Turkish rookie Hidayet Turkoglu, making his first NBA start in place of the injured Peja Stojakovic, collected a career-high 16 points in 27 minutes for Sacramento, which won its third straight game and sixth of its last seven.

"Hedo (Turkoglu) had a great game," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "He's been playing behind Peja and he's healthy. We knew he would run the ball instead of walking it up the court."

Stojakovic, averaging 18.6 points and 5.9 rebounds, missed his first game of the season with a bruised right shoulder. Turkoglu hurt his left shoulder during the game and will have it evaluated on Saturday.

"(Turkoglu) knows his job and he comes into practice early, stays late and just by him working out extra hard and coming in here and doing a good job, he knows what he has to do," said Sacramento guard Bobby Jackson, who chipped in 12 points and seven assists. "He knows that he has to step up and not be scared."

The Kings stretched their home winning streak to five games and improved to 9-1 at ARCO Arena this season. Sacramento also took a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers for first place in the powerful Pacific Division.

"We've got one more game at home so we have to take care of business on that end of it but we're playing great and we just have got to keep playing the way we've been playing," Jackson said. "Everybody's contributing and playing hard and we just wanted to win."

Steve Francis had 20 points and 10 assists and Cuttino Mobley contributed 19 points for the inconsistent Rockets, who have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games. They started a four-game road trip by dropping to 3-6 away from home.

Houston lost to Sacramento for the fourth time in the last five meetings after winning the previous 11.

"Both games against this team (this season) we've had terrible droughts," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I think we can compete against these guys but we just can't have that big drought when you just fall apart. They're just too good when they have that cushion."

After leading by just three points at halftime, Sacramento went on an 18-4 run in the third quarter. Christie began the surge with a basket with 6:41 left and Webber, who had seven points in the spurt, capped it with a three-point play that pushed the bulge to 80-63 with 3:25 remaining in the quarter.

"There was a spurt in the third quarter when we didn't score a lot of points," Francis said. "Chris Webber did a good job of scoring points for his team. That third-quarter lapse hurt us. We had (98) points, so I didn't think their defense was that great -- we just didn't make shots."

The Kings scored the first 10 points of the game. But Houston went on a 15-6 run midway through the first quarter as Francis' basket gave the Rockets their first lead, 24-23.

The Rockets held a six-point advantage on Mobley's 22-foot jumper 42 seconds into the second quarter. A battle for the lead ensued as neither team could shake the other. The Kings finally went ahead for good as Webber hit an 18-foot jumper 1:31 before halftime.

The Rockets used a 21-8 run in the fourth quarter to move within six points with 5:55 left, but were held without a field goal over the game's final 3:29.

Jason Williams contributed 13 points and six assists and Scot Pollard had 10 points for the Kings, who shot 47.6 percent (40-for-84) from the field, including 8-for-17 from 3-point range.

Houston center Hakeem Olajuwon scored 10 points to pass 26,000 for his career. Walt Williams scored 16 points and Moochi Norris added 14 as the Rockets shot 44.7 percent (34-for-76) and were outrebounded, 44-37.

"I didn't even realize that," Olajuwon said of his milestone. "Wow, that's amazing. I should tell my PR guy. He should let me know about that."

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