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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 20 23 30 27 100 CLEVELAND 18 21 27 29 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CARLOS ROGERS 22, STEVE FRANCIS 21, SHANDON ANDERSON 15 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 24, ANDRE MILLER 19, CHRIS MIHM 17

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - CARLOS ROGERS 10, STEVE FRANCIS 9 CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 18, LAMOND MURRAY 11

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, SHANDON ANDERSON 6 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 14,032


Extended Box

HOUSTON (100) AT CLEVELAND (95)

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

ANDERSON F 40 5-7 3-5 2 5 7 6 3 1 2 15 THOMAS F 30 2-11 0-0 0 7 7 2 5 1 2 4 TAYLOR C 25 5-10 0-0 3 1 4 1 4 1 0 10 FRANCIS G 42 7-20 5-6 4 5 9 7 3 2 2 21 NORRIS G 20 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 5 MOBLEY 34 4-11 5-6 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 14 ROGERS 31 10-11 2-2 2 8 10 0 3 1 0 22 WILLIAMS 8 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 BULLARD 10 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 6 CATO DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION OLAJUWON DNP - SWOLLEN RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 38-84 16-21 12 31 43 21 23 8 8 100 (.452) (.762) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

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

MURRAY F 38 9-16 5-8 3 8 11 2 4 1 1 24 WEATHERSPOON F 39 3-6 2-2 6 12 18 1 2 0 1 8 MIHM C 28 7-15 3-4 3 4 7 0 0 0 1 17 HARPRING G 41 5-18 6-7 5 5 10 2 5 1 4 16 MILLER G 47 7-17 4-5 2 4 6 8 3 2 2 19 C HENDERSON 17 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 GATLING 18 3-10 1-5 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 8 TRAYLOR 12 1-4 1-2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 22-33 22 37 59 17 17 5 11 95 (.393) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

HOUSTON 20 23 30 27 - 100 CLEVELAND 18 21 27 29 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - THOMAS 2, TAYLOR, ROGERS. CLEVELAND - MIHM 5, WEATHERSPOON 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 8-23 (.348), ANDERSON 2-2, THOMAS 0-2, FRANCIS 2-8, MOBLEY 1-3, WILLIAMS 1-3, BULLARD 2-5. CLEVELAND 3-5 (.600), MURRAY 1-1, MILLER 1-1, GATLING 1-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - HEAD COACH TOMJANOVICH, FRANCIS, CLEVELAND - GATLING. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, SEAN CORBIN, KEVIN FEHR. A - 14,032. T - 2:12.


Box Score

HOUSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 40 5-7 3-5 2-7 6 3 15 Thomas 30 2-11 0-0 0-7 2 5 4 Taylor 25 5-10 0-0 3-4 1 4 10 Francis 42 7-20 5-6 4-9 7 3 21 Norris 20 2-4 1-2 0-1 0 1 5 Mobley 34 4-11 5-6 0-2 4 2 14 Rogers 31 10-11 2-2 2-10 0 3 22 Williams 8 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 0 3 Bullard 10 2-6 0-0 1-1 0 2 6 Cato DNP - sprained left ankle Langhi DNP - coach's decision Olajuwon DNP - swollen right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-84 16-21 12-43 21 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Anderson 2-2, Thomas 0-2, Francis 2-8, Mobley 1-3, Williams 1-3, Bullard 2-5). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas 2, Taylor, Rogers). Turnovers: 9 (Anderson 2, Francis 2, Mobley 2, Thomas 2). Steals: 8 (Francis 2, Norris 2, Anderson, Rogers, Taylor, Thomas).

CLEVELAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 38 9-16 5-8 3-11 2 4 24 Weatherspoon 39 3-6 2-2 6-18 1 2 8 Mihm 28 7-15 3-4 3-7 0 0 17 Harpring 41 5-18 6-7 5-10 2 5 16 Miller 47 7-17 4-5 2-6 8 3 19 C Henderson 17 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Gatling 18 3-10 1-5 1-5 1 2 8 Traylor 12 1-4 1-2 2-2 1 0 3 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Langdon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 22-33 22-59 17 17 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (Murray 1-1, Miller 1-1, Gatling 1-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Mihm 5, Weatherspoon 4). Turnovers: 11 (Harpring 4, C Henderson 2, Miller 2, Mihm, Murray, Weatherspoon). Steals: 5 (Miller 2, C Henderson, Harpring, Murray). ____________________________________________ Houston 20 23 30 27 - 100 Cleveland 18 21 27 29 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Head Coach Tomjanovich, 1:46 2nd; Francis, 7:06 3rd). Cleveland 1 (Gatling, 0:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,032. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Derosa, Sean Corbin, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Carlos Rogers helped the Houston Rockets fill the vacancy in their banged-up frontcourt, and then some.

Rogers had a season-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Rockets used their bench to pull out a 100-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With centers Kelvin Cato (sprained ankle) and Hakeem Olajuwon (swollen knee) sidelined by injuries, the Rockets gave the 6-11 Rogers plenty of time, especially when Maurice Taylor -- a power forward starting at center -- went down with an injury early in the second half.

Rogers responded by hitting 10-of-11 shots and not committing a turnover in 31 inspiring minutes.

"We got a great contribution from Carlos Rogers," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He got his opportunity and fed off the system. He's got a great knack for going to the open spot. He got a couple of big offensive rebounds."

"Man, I was tired," Rogers admitted. "No way I was going to look at the bench and say, `Come get me.' Coach always told me to be patient and wait until it is your turn. I didn't think I'd get that many minutes tonight."

The Rockets led for most of the contest but appeared ready to wilt down the stretch when Cleveland point guard Andre Miller scored on consecutive trips to give the Cavaliers an 84-83 lead with 6:25 to play.

But Matt Bullard came off the bench and drilled consecutive 3-pointers and Rogers made a pair of layups to fuel a 12-5 run that gave Houston the lead for good, 95-89, with 2:10 left.

"I'm not the fastest guy in the world," Rogers said. "But you have to know when to cut to the basket. It's all in the timing. And when you see people turn their heads, I go."

"Whenever I got double-teamed, I kind of looked the defense off and there was Carlos, flashing down the middle and getting the offensive rebounds," Rockets guard Steve Francis said. "That's something we need."

Miller had 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Cavs, who also were shorthanded after trading backup point guard Brevin Knight to Atlanta for guards Jim Jackson and Larry Robinson and Anthony Johnson -- none of whom was in uniform tonight.

"It's a tremendous win for us," Tomjanovich said. "We're depleted, injured, got guys at home and some of the guys that were here are playing hurt. It was fortunate that we were playing the Cavs, where they are in the middle of a trade."

Although Houston had dropped seven of its previous eight games, it has won five of its last seven road contests.

Francis scored 21 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists for the Rockets, who shot 45 percent (34-of-84) and committed just nine turnovers.

Shandon Anderson scored 15 points and Cuttino Mobley, normally the Rockets' most productive bench player, added 14. Houston was also without the services of 6-11 rookie forward Dan Langhi, adding to Rogers' significant load on the interior.

"In practice, he plays hard," Francis said of Rogers. "It always takes something bad to happen for something good to come. All three of our 7-footers are out, so Carlos is the next closest thing we have to a 7-footer."

Lamond Murray scored 24 points, rookie Chris Mihm had a season-high 17 and Matt Harpring added 16 and 10 rebounds for the Cavs, who shot 39 percent (35-of-89).

Clarence Weatherspoon's 18 rebounds helped Cleveland to a 59-43 rebounding advantage. But Rogers seemed to get all the key boards down the stretch.

"You can't let Carlos Rogers come in and hurt you the way he did, going 10-for-11 with 22 points," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "Our big guys just never ran the floor with him."

Francis' 3-pointer with 11:02 to play gave Houston what appeared to be a comfortable 78-69 cushion. But Chris Gatling hit a 3-pointer and Miller added two free throws to spark the Cavs' comeback.

Cleveland's Robert Traylor buried a seven-footer to shave the deficit to two and before Miller's back-to-back layups capped a 15-4 burst, giving Cleveland a short-lived 84-83 lead before Bullard and Rogers took over.

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