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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 26 31 24 17 98 GOLDEN STATE 29 18 21 27 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 22, CUTTINO MOBLEY 20, STEVE FRANCIS 16 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 23, CHRIS PORTER 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 11, MARC JACKSON 10

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 7, LARRY HUGHES 5

ATT: 10,417


Extended Box

HOUSTON (98) AT GOLDEN STATE (95)

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

TAYLOR F 35 10-16 2-5 5 4 9 1 3 1 4 22 WILLIAMS F 17 3-6 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 2 2 9 OLAJUWON C 17 3-6 0-0 1 5 6 1 4 0 5 6 ANDERSON G 22 2-2 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 1 4 FRANCIS G 45 5-14 6-6 3 3 6 12 3 3 6 16 THOMAS 31 3-6 6-6 1 5 6 2 1 0 2 12 MOBLEY 39 7-17 5-6 0 5 5 4 2 1 1 20 BULLARD 15 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 3 NORRIS 19 1-3 3-4 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 6 LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - STRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 35-72 23-29 10 34 44 27 18 7 21 98 (.486) (.793) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(18 PTS)

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

JAMISON F 43 10-28 3-5 6 5 11 3 3 0 2 23 PORTER F 38 9-19 2-2 2 6 8 3 2 3 0 20 JACKSON C 44 5-10 5-5 4 6 10 2 2 0 2 15 BLAYLOCK G 32 5-15 0-0 3 3 6 7 1 4 1 10 HUGHES G 35 6-17 3-4 4 3 7 5 3 2 2 15 FOYLE 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 CUMMINGS 27 4-8 0-0 2 1 3 4 4 0 1 9 DEL NEGRO 12 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 3 CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAMPIER DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT KNEE KEEFE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SURA DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 40-100 14-17 21 25 46 26 19 9 9 95 (.400) (.824) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

HOUSTON 26 31 24 17 - 98 GOLDEN STATE 29 18 21 27 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - FRANCIS 2, BULLARD, OLAJUWON. GOLDEN STATE - HUGHES, PORTER, JACKSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-14 (.357), WILLIAMS 2-3, FRANCIS 0-3, THOMAS 0-1, MOBLEY 1-4, BULLARD 1-2, NORRIS 1-1. GOLDEN STATE 1-9 (.111), JAMISON 0-1, JACKSON 0-3, BLAYLOCK 0-1, HUGHES 0-1, CUMMINGS 1-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - FRANCIS, MOBLEY, GOLDEN STATE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HUGHES 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, JOE FORTE, BILL KENNEDY. A - 10,417. T - 2:14.


Box Score

HOUSTON (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 35 10-16 2-5 5-9 1 3 22 Williams 17 3-6 1-2 0-1 2 1 9 Olajuwon 17 3-6 0-0 1-6 1 4 6 Anderson 22 2-2 0-0 0-5 0 1 4 Francis 45 5-14 6-6 3-6 12 3 16 Thomas 31 3-6 6-6 1-6 2 1 12 Mobley 39 7-17 5-6 0-5 4 2 20 Bullard 15 1-2 0-0 0-4 1 2 3 Norris 19 1-3 3-4 0-2 4 1 6 Langhi DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - strained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 23-29 10-44 27 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Williams 2-3, Francis 0-3, Thomas 0-1, Mobley 1-4, Bullard 1-2, Norris 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Francis 2, Bullard, Olajuwon). Turnovers: 21 (Francis 6, Olajuwon 5, Taylor 4, Thomas 2, Williams 2, Anderson, Mobley). Steals: 7 (Francis 3, Williams 2, Mobley, Taylor).

GOLDEN STATE (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 43 10-28 3-5 6-11 3 3 23 Porter 38 9-19 2-2 2-8 3 2 20 Jackson 44 5-10 5-5 4-10 2 2 15 Blaylock 32 5-15 0-0 3-6 7 1 10 Hughes 35 6-17 3-4 4-7 5 3 15 Foyle 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Cummings 27 4-8 0-0 2-3 4 4 9 Del Negro 12 1-2 1-1 0-0 2 3 3 Curley DNP - coach's decision Dampier DNP - inflammed left knee Keefe DNP - coach's decision Sura DNP - strained left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24040-100 14-17 21-46 26 19 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Jamison 0-1, Jackson 0-3, Blaylock 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Cummings 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Hughes, Porter, Jackson). Turnovers: 10 (Hughes 2, Jackson 2, Jamison 2, Blaylock, Cummings, Del Negro). Steals: 9 (Blaylock 4, Porter 3, Hughes 2). ____________________________________________ Houston 26 31 24 17 - 98 Golden State 29 18 21 27 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Francis, 1:00 1st; Mobley, 4:50 4th). Golden State 3 (Illegal Defense, 5:32 3rd; Hughes 2 (ejected), 0:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,417. T: 2:14. Officials: Bill Spooner, Joe Forte, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Moochie Norris banked in a desperation 34-foot heave with no time remaining to give the Houston Rockets a stunning 98-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Norris' only basket of the game came when he was unguarded above the top of the key with time running out. He launched the ball with the Warriors looking on and helped the Rockets extend their winning streak to three games.

"I just tried to square up and push it up there," Norris said. "(The ball) went up there, glass, and it went in. It just felt good when I released it. I was a little upset because I released it so late, so I didn't think I had a chance to make it. Once I got it up, I let it go, backpedaling.

"I practice it all the time -- before every game and practice. Get up there and shoot 30-50 half-court shots."

That did not go unnoticed among teammates.

"Every day, if it's after practice or shootarounds, he always shoots half-court shots," forward Maurice Taylor said. "When he got it up there he's got a chance because he practices them. I don't know if he called glass, but I accept it."

Golden State's Vinny Del Negro found Antawn Jamison alone under the basket for the tying lay-in with 17 seconds to play. Jamison went 10-for-28 from the field and scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half.

"I hurt my team more than anything tonight, but it's a team game not an individual game," said Jamison, who missed three straight shots before the tying hoop. "I missed some easy shots at the end of the game. You learn from situations from this. I just couldn't nail it."

Steve Francis put one off the glass to put Houston in front after three straight misses by Jamison. He finished with 16 points and 12 assists. Taylor chipped in season highs with 22 points and nine rebounds as the Rockets gave coach Rudy Tomjanovich his 400th career win.

"It's amazing," Tomjanovich said. "It's just a great feeling. Thank God, I didn't have a lot of time to think about it. I didn't think about it before the game, and it's over. It's not that I have to talk about it, 'cause I hate talking about that stuff. Now I'm going to be around for a couple more years so hopefully there's some more milestones ahead. It will be a game I'll remember. I really will."

Cuttino Mobley made two foul shots to knot the score at 93-93 after Jamison knocked down two free throws with 2:23 to play. The foul shots gave Golden State its first lead since 39-37 in the second quarter.

As surprising as their flashes have been, the Warriors still lacked cohesiveness and it showed as they suffered their fourth straight loss and sixth consecutive home defeat, despite receiving double-digit scoring from all five starters.

Injuries forced Golden State to use only eight players and Larry Hughes was ejected with 1.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"I've got to play a much smarter basketball game," Jamison said. "We've been on the other end of a late shot to win a game, now we know how it feels on the other end. But to be down the way we were down and not give up, and to be in position to win the game and to lose it on a shot like that is really hard to swallow. It's not anything we can do to change it. He hit a very difficult shot. You can't do anything but shake his hand. It's very hard."

Shorthanded, the Warriors rallied from a 15-point deficit as Del Negro's fadeaway jumper capped an 11-2 spurt and trimmed the margin to 86-83.

But Norris' heroics gave Houston its 10th straight road win in the series. The Rockets improved to 10-1 when leading after the third quarter.

The Warriors got within five points on four occasions in the third quarter before Houston built a 15-point advantage on Cuttino Mobley's baseline jumper with 1:17 left in the period.

Golden State, which trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, shot just 40 percent (40-of-100) from the field and was outrebounded, 46-44.

This also marked the 14th time in 15 games the Warriors' bench has been outscored.

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