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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 26 26 29 31 112 PHILADELPHIA 21 21 27 18 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 23, CUTTINO MOBLEY 23, TWO PLAYERS WITH 18 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 26, THEO RATLIFF 14, RODNEY BUFORD 13

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 14, CUTTINO MOBLEY 9 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 11, TYRONE HILL 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, MOOCHIE NORRIS 5 PHI - AARON MCKIE 8, PEPE SANCHEZ 6

ATT: 17,661


Extended Box

HOUSTON (112) AT PHILADELPHIA (87)

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

ANDERSON F 27 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 4 TAYLOR F 22 2-8 3-4 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 7 OLAJUWON C 25 7-14 4-6 8 6 14 0 1 3 1 18 FRANCIS G 38 9-17 2-2 0 3 3 6 4 2 1 23 MOBLEY G 41 5-16 12-12 2 7 9 4 3 5 2 23 BULLARD 22 7-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 18 THOMAS 22 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 1 2 4 NORRIS 26 1-5 2-2 2 1 3 5 4 1 1 4 WILLIAMS 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 LANGHI 4 2-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 COLLIER 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-86 24-28 16 28 44 19 21 14 10 112 (.453) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

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

HILL F 24 1-2 2-2 1 7 8 1 2 0 2 4 LYNCH F 32 1-5 3-4 3 8 11 2 2 0 4 5 RATLIFF C 33 6-10 2-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 3 14 IVERSON G 39 10-28 5-6 1 3 4 3 1 0 3 26 MCKIE G 34 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 8 3 1 4 9 BUFORD 26 6-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 13 JONES 23 2-7 1-2 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 5 SANCHEZ 12 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 6 2 1 1 2 MACCULLOCH 11 1-1 1-2 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 3 MOHAMMED 6 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 6 KUKOC DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN OLLIE DNP - BIRTH OF DAUGHTER

TOTALS 240 35-80 14-18 12 30 42 23 22 5 20 87 (.438) (.778) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(33 PTS)

HOUSTON 26 26 29 31 - 112 PHILADELPHIA 21 21 27 18 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - ANDERSON 2, THOMAS, OLAJUWON. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, JONES 2, SANCHEZ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 10-24 (.417), ANDERSON 0-2, FRANCIS 3-5, MOBLEY 1-3, BULLARD 4-7, THOMAS 0-2, NORRIS 0-2, WILLIAMS 2-3. PHILADELPHIA 3-12 (.250), IVERSON 1-4, MCKIE 1-2, BUFORD 1-2, JONES 0-4. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - IVERSON. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, MARK WUNDERLICH, SCOTT WALL. A - 17,661. T - 2:05.


Box Score

HOUSTON (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Anderson 27 2-5 0-0 1-3 3 1 4 Taylor 22 2-8 3-4 2-4 0 1 7 Olajuwon 25 7-14 4-6 8-14 0 1 18 Francis 38 9-17 2-2 0-3 6 4 23 Mobley 41 5-16 12-12 2-9 4 3 23 Bullard 22 7-10 0-0 0-1 0 2 18 Thomas 22 2-5 0-0 1-6 0 3 4 Norris 26 1-5 2-2 2-3 5 4 4 Williams 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Langhi 4 2-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 5 Collier 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-86 24-28 16-44 19 21 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Anderson 0-2, Francis 3-5, Mobley 1-3, Bullard 4-7, Thomas 0-2, Norris 0-2, Williams 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Anderson 2, Thomas, Olajuwon). Turnovers: 11 (Collier 2, Mobley 2, Thomas 2, Anderson, Francis, Norris, Olajuwon). Steals: 14 (Mobley 5, Olajuwon 3, Francis 2, Anderson, Norris, Taylor, Thomas).

PHILADELPHIA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 24 1-2 2-2 1-8 1 2 4 Lynch 32 1-5 3-4 3-11 2 2 5 Ratliff 33 6-10 2-2 0-3 1 4 14 Iverson 39 10-28 5-6 1-4 3 1 26 Mckie 34 4-10 0-0 0-1 8 3 9 Buford 26 6-8 0-0 1-3 1 3 13 Jones 23 2-7 1-2 2-6 0 1 5 Sanchez 12 1-3 0-0 2-3 6 2 2 Macculloch 11 1-1 1-2 1-1 1 3 3 Mohammed 6 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 6 Kukoc DNP - lower back strain Ollie DNP - birth of daughter _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 14-18 12-42 23 22 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Iverson 1-4, Mckie 1-2, Buford 1-2, Jones 0-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 2, Jones 2, Sanchez). Turnovers: 21 (Lynch 4, Mckie 4, Iverson 3, Ratliff 3, Hill 2, Mohammed 2, Buford, Sanchez). Steals: 5 (Jones, Mckie, Mohammed, Ratliff, Sanchez). ____________________________________________ Houston 26 26 29 31 - 112 Philadelphia 21 21 27 18 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Iverson, 7:54 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,661. T: 2:05. Officials: Joe Derosa, Mark Wunderlich, Scott Wall.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers started the All-Star break about three hours too early.

In one of their worst performances of the season, the 76ers looked uninterested and tired in a 112-87 loss to the Houston Rockets, who got another solid game from a rejuvenated Hakeem Olajuwon.

"As much as you want to say, `Let's not go home early,' everyone is thinking about going home, the All-Star Game and getting some rest," 76ers guard Allen Iverson admitted. "When you start to think about going home, the results are like they were tonight."

The 76ers head to the All-Star break with a 36-14 mark, the best in the NBA. But this was their sixth game in nine days and injuries and fatigue may have caught up with them. They barely got untracked and appeared disorganized on offense and slow on defense.

"We're not going to use fatigue as an excuse," Iverson said. "If we start doing that, that's when things will start to fold."

"This team is just a little tired," forward Tyrone Hill said. "(But) we haven't made any excuses since day one and we're not making any excuses now."

Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley scored 23 points each to lead a balanced attack for Houston, which lost to Philadelphia in overtime at home on January 24 but did not let this one get away. The Rockets led by as many as 30 points as they dealt the 76ers their worst loss of the season.

For the second straight game, Olajuwon showed an opposing young center that he still has some spring in his 38-year-old legs. On Monday, he scored 18 points against New York's Marcus Camby. In this one, he had 18 points and a season-high 14 rebounds against All-Star Theo Ratliff, despite sitting out the final 15 minutes.

"Anytime we're on the road, you play on a different level, you feel so free and comfortable," Olajuwon said. "The movement of the ball is much easier for us."

Matt Bullard scored 12 of his 18 points on 3-pointers for the Rockets, who shot 45 percent (39-of-86) from the field and never trailed after the over the final three quarters.

"It (shooting) just gets your confidence going," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "It's like a dam breaks and the pressure is off the next guy who gets a shot."

Iverson scored 26 points on just 10-of-28 shooting for the Sixers, who have lost three straight games to teams under .500 after winning their first 19 such contests.

"Everyone will come back healthy and rested and we'll see what happens," Hill said. "We're going to try to get the next 25 out of 32. That is what we are trying to do."

Philadelphia actually held a 15-6 lead midway through the first quarter. But Iverson briefly left with a rib injury and the offense unraveled as Houston scored 12 straight points.

Francis scored 11 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Rockets holding a 26-21 lead. In the second period, Bullard scored 11 points, sinking three 3-pointers, as Houston built the advantage to 52-42 at halftime.

The Rockets scored the first eight points of the third quarter, including a pair of buckets by Olajuwon. His seven-footer and two free throws made it 70-48 with 6:13 left before the Sixers closed to 81-69 entering the final quarter.

Even with Olajuwon on the bench, Houston pulled away. Mobley and Bullard hit 3-pointers in a 15-2 run that opened the fourth quarter and gave the Rockets a 96-71 lead.

Mobley was 12-of-12 from the line and grabbed nine rebounds for Houston, which made 10-of-24 3-pointers and scored 33 points off 21 turnovers by Philadelphia.

Ratliff scored 14 points and Rodney Buford added 13 off the bench for the Sixers, who shot 44 percent (35-of-80) and were just 3-of-12 from the arc.

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