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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 15 31 28 20 94 PORTLAND 15 24 26 22 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - WALT WILLIAMS 31, GLEN RICE 14, STEVE FRANCIS 12 POR - BONZI WELLS 28, DEREK ANDERSON 12, RUBEN PATTERSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 10, BONZI WELLS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 8, STEVE FRANCIS 6 POR - ERIC BARKLEY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,210


Extended Box

HOUSTON (94) AT PORTLAND (87)

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

RICE F 34 4-9 4-4 0 4 4 2 4 0 2 14 THOMAS F 15 0-5 0-0 0 5 5 3 0 0 1 0 CATO C 21 1-4 1-2 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 3 FRANCIS G 35 4-9 3-6 1 8 9 6 2 3 5 12 MOBLEY G 44 4-11 1-2 1 4 5 5 2 1 2 9 W WILLIAMS 34 12-20 1-1 0 2 2 2 3 0 2 31 NORRIS 21 2-3 3-4 1 0 1 8 2 2 0 7 K WILLIS 24 5-7 1-1 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 11 MORRIS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 TORRES 8 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-73 14-20 7 30 37 26 18 6 14 94 (.479) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

WELLS F 37 9-15 9-10 2 7 9 2 4 2 2 28 WALLACE F 38 5-12 0-0 2 8 10 1 2 0 1 10 DAVIS C 23 3-6 1-2 2 6 8 0 1 0 0 7 ANDERSON G 42 4-11 4-5 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 12 BARKLEY G 23 1-7 2-2 1 0 1 7 2 0 2 4 BRUNSON 12 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 0 KEMP 16 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 8 PATTERSON 25 4-9 3-4 2 3 5 2 2 2 3 11 KERR 20 3-6 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 7 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION RANDOLPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 22-26 11 30 41 20 17 5 13 87 (.432) (.846) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

HOUSTON 15 31 28 20 - 94 PORTLAND 15 24 26 22 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - MOBLEY, W WILLIAMS, K WILLIS, CATO. PORTLAND - DAVIS 2, PATTERSON, BOUMTJE BOUMTJE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 10-23 (.435), RICE 2-6, FRANCIS 1-4, MOBLEY 0-2, W WILLIAMS 6-10, TORRES 1-1. PORTLAND 1-8 (.125), WELLS 1-2, WALLACE 0-2, ANDERSON 0-4. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, PORTLAND - WELLS, WALLACE, ASSISTANT COACH CHEEKS. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, RON OLESIAK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,210. T - 2:07.


Box Score

HOUSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 34 4-9 4-4 0-4 2 4 14 Thomas 15 0-5 0-0 0-5 3 0 0 Cato 21 1-4 1-2 3-5 0 1 3 Francis 35 4-9 3-6 1-9 6 2 12 Mobley 44 4-11 1-2 1-5 5 2 9 W Williams 34 12-20 1-1 0-2 2 3 31 Norris 21 2-3 3-4 1-1 8 2 7 K Willis 24 5-7 1-1 1-5 0 2 11 Morris 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Torres 8 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 7 Griffin DNP - coach's decision Langhi DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 14-20 7-37 26 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (Rice 2-6, Francis 1-4, Mobley 0-2, W Williams 6-10, Torres 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Mobley, W Williams, K Willis, Cato). Turnovers: 15 (Francis 5, Mobley 2, Rice 2, W Williams 2, Cato, Thomas, Torres). Steals: 6 (Francis 3, Norris 2, Mobley).

PORTLAND (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wells 37 9-15 9-10 2-9 2 4 28 Wallace 38 5-12 0-0 2-10 1 2 10 Davis 23 3-6 1-2 2-8 0 1 7 Anderson 42 4-11 4-5 1-3 3 1 12 Barkley 23 1-7 2-2 1-1 7 2 4 Brunson 12 0-3 0-0 0-2 3 0 0 Kemp 16 3-4 2-2 0-1 0 4 8 Patterson 25 4-9 3-4 2-5 2 2 11 Kerr 20 3-6 1-1 0-1 2 1 7 Boumtje Boumtj 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Randolph DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 22-26 11-41 20 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Wells 1-2, Wallace 0-2, Anderson 0-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Davis 2, Patterson, Boumtje Boumtje). Turnovers: 13 (Patterson 3, Anderson 2, Barkley 2, Wells 2, Brunson, Kemp, Kerr, Wallace). Steals: 5 (Patterson 2, Wells 2, Kemp). ____________________________________________ Houston 15 31 28 20 - 94 Portland 15 24 26 22 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Defensive Three, 3:34 1st). Portland 3 (Wells, 6:54 3rd; Wallace, 6:54 3rd; Assistant Coach Cheeks, 8:39 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,210. T: 2:07. Officials: Jack Nies, Ron Olesiak, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Against his former team, "The Wizard" conjured up his best game in nearly four years.

Walt Williams scored a season-high 31 points, helping the Houston Rockets end a slump with a 94-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Known as "The Wizard" since his college days at Maryland, Williams has not been displaying much magic lately. The 31-year-old swingman came in averaging 7.0 points per game as a reserve, eclipsing 20 points just once.

Williams scored 15 points in the second quarter, when Houston opened a 15-point lead. He added another 10 in the third period, when the Rockets turned back a rally by the Trail Blazers and regained the lead for good.

"Walter was phenomenal," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He came in and played good."

Williams made 12-of-20 shots, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. It was his first 30-point game since he scored 39 for Toronto against Philadelphia on December 10, 1997. The Raptors traded him to Portland later that season.

"I'm not going to lie -- it's a little bit more fun because I know a lot of those guys on the team," Williams said. "I'm still good friends with a lot of those guys and keep in contact."

Two players have scored 30 points against Portland this season. The first was Steve Smith, who was traded by the Blazers to the San Antonio Spurs in the offseason.

"We went in worrying about Steve Francis and then this guy goes 12-for-20," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I tell you, the next guy we see who played here before I got here, I want to say I had nothing to do with it."

Glen Rice scored 14 points and Francis added 12 for the Rockets, who had lost four of their last five games.

Bonzi Wells scored 28 points for Portland, which was playing at home for the first time since returning from a 3-2 road trip. Portland again was without point forward Scottie Pippen, who went on the injured list with a bruised right knee earlier in the day.

"They killed us," Wells said. "And our ex-Blazer comes out and pounds us. Walt kept hitting threes."

Williams made 6-of-7 shots in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers. He scored seven points in an 18-6 run that gave Houston a 40-25 lead with 5:02 left before halftime.

"It was a good night for me," Williams said. "Those guys were penetrating a lot and finding me open."

"He just knows he's a good jump shooter," Blazers guard Derek Anderson said.

Portland got within 46-39 at halftime and used a 7-0 run to take a 60-59 lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter. Williams answered with a jumper and 3-pointer that gave Houston the lead for good.

The Rockets led 74-65 entering the final period and the Blazers got within five points twice. On both occasions, they had a chance to get closer but botched transition possessions.

"I just have to give guys my credit for scrapping and hanging tough," Tomjanovich said. "There were a couple times they made runs, but it never did get down to a one-possession game."

Kevin Willis added 11 points off the bench for the Rockets, who shot 48 percent (35-of-73) and hit 10-of-23 3-pointers. Francis had nine rebounds and six assists.

Anderson scored 12 points and Rasheed Wallace added 10 and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 43 percent (32-of-74) but made just 1-of-8 from the arc.

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