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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          18   18   32   15    83   
     SEATTLE          18   28   11   15    72      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 21, GLEN RICE 12, KENNY 
                      THOMAS 12
                SEA - DESMOND MASON 19, RASHARD LEWIS 18, GARY
                      PAYTON 10

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - KENNY THOMAS 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                SEA - BRENT BARRY 7, GARY PAYTON 5, CALVIN 
                      BOOTH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, YAO MING 5, GLEN RICE 3
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 14, BRENT BARRY 3, KENNY 
                      ANDERSON 3

         ATT:   17,072

Box Score

HOUSTON (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Rice 34 4-8 2-2 0-3 3 1 12 K Thomas 36 5-12 2-2 2-10 1 1 12 Y Ming 29 3-7 0-2 1-4 5 2 6 S Francis 44 8-21 4-6 1-5 6 2 21 J Hawkins 39 2-7 2-2 0-4 1 2 6 M Norris 20 3-3 3-4 1-5 1 2 9 K Cato 18 2-3 2-2 1-5 1 0 6 E Griffin 8 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 T Morris 7 1-2 2-2 1-2 0 0 4 T Maddox 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Taylor 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 B Nachbar DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 17-22 7-38 18 10 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (G Rice 2-4, S Francis 1-3, E Griffin 1-3, T Morris 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:7 (Y Ming 3, K Cato 2, K Thomas, J Hawkins). Turnovers:12 (K Cato 2, S Francis 2, K Thomas 2, J Hawkins 2, Y Ming 2, M Taylor, E Griffin). Steals: 8 (S Francis 2, K Thomas 2, G Rice, T Morris, J Hawkins, Y Ming). SEATTLE (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 R Lewis 39 7-15 2-2 1-2 0 2 18 P Drobnjak 35 4-11 0-0 2-4 0 5 8 B Barry 34 2-8 2-2 0-7 3 2 7 G Payton 41 3-16 4-6 1-5 14 4 10 K Anderson 17 3-7 0-0 1-4 3 2 6 D Mason 37 9-16 1-1 1-4 1 2 19 C Booth 13 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 0 2 V Radmanovic 12 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 A Sesay 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J James DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 9-11 8-34 21 17 72 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (R Lewis 2-7, B Barry 1-2, G Payton 0-3, D Mason 0-1, C Booth 0-1, V Radmanovic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:2 (P Drobnjak 2). Turnovers:14 (G Payton 3, B Barry 2, R Lewis 2, C Booth 2, P Drobnjak 2, K Anderson, V Radmanovic, D Mason). Steals: 11 (B Barry 2, G Payton 2, D Mason 2, P Drobnjak 2, K Anderson, R Lewis, V Radmanovic). ------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 18 18 32 15 - 83 SEATTLE 18 28 11 15 - 72 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:21 3rd). Seattle - 2 (Defensive Three, 1:22 2nd; Defensive Three, 1:46 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:15. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Joe Forte, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (83) AT SEATTLE (72) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G RICE F 34 4-8 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 12 K THOMAS F 36 5-12 2-2 2 8 10 1 1 2 2 12 Y MING C 29 3-7 0-2 1 3 4 5 2 1 2 6 S FRANCIS G 44 8-21 4-6 1 4 5 6 2 2 2 21 J HAWKINS G 39 2-7 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 1 2 6 M NORRIS 20 3-3 3-4 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 9 K CATO 18 2-3 2-2 1 4 5 1 0 0 2 6 E GRIFFIN 8 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 T MORRIS 7 1-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 T MADDOX 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M TAYLOR 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 B NACHBAR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-71 17-22 7 31 38 18 10 8 12 83 (.437) (.773) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (20 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 R LEWIS F 39 7-15 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 18 P DROBNJAK C 35 4-11 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 2 2 8 B BARRY G 34 2-8 2-2 0 7 7 3 2 2 2 7 G PAYTON G 41 3-16 4-6 1 4 5 14 4 2 3 10 K ANDERSON 17 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 1 6 D MASON 37 9-16 1-1 1 3 4 1 2 2 1 19 C BOOTH 13 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 2 2 V RADMANOVIC 12 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 A SESAY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-80 9-11 8 26 34 21 17 11 14 72 (.375) (.818) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 14 (18 PTS) HOUSTON 18 18 32 15 - 83 SEATTLE 18 28 11 15 - 72 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - Y MING 3, K CATO 2, K THOMAS, J HAWKINS. SEATTLE - P DROBNJAK 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 4-11 (.364), G RICE 2-4, S FRANCIS 1-3, E GRIFFIN 1-3, T MORRIS 0-1. SEATTLE 3-15 (.200), R LEWIS 2-7, B BARRY 1- 2, G PAYTON 0-3, D MASON 0-1, C BOOTH 0-1, V RADMANOVIC 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, JOE FORTE, RON OLESIAK. A - 17,072. T - 2:15.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- One good quarter was enough to lift the Houston Rockets past the Seattle SuperSonics. Steve Francis scored 13 points and Glen Rice added nine in the decisive third quarter as the Rockets rallied for an 83-72 victory over the SuperSonics. Houston scored just 18 points in each of the first two quarters and managed only 15 in the final period. But the Rockets dominated the fading Sonics in the third, which was enough to make them 2-2 on their five-game road trip. Seattle had a 46-36 halftime lead but was outscored, 32-11, in the third period. Helped by the ball movement of rookie center Yao Ming, the Rockets shot 13-of-18 from the floor during the quarter while the Sonics were just 4-of-23. "In the second half, Yao's passing was phenomenal and then Steve got it going," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "But I shouldn't have even brought up those things. Defense won this game for us. I'm as proud as I could be about a team." Houston scored 13 of the quarter's first 16 points. Rookie Juaquin Hawkins scored four straight points before Kenny Thomas capped the burst with a layup to forge a 49-49 tie with 7:46 to go. "I thought we did a marvelous job of battling," Francis said. "We wanted to get everybody involved we did a good job of getting the ball down low to (Yao). I thought we surprised them by hitting some shots. Nobody was trying to do it by themselves." After Seattle's Rashard lewis buried a jumper, Rice gave the Rockets the lead for good at 52-51 on a 3-pointer with 6:39 left. Francis scored the next nine points for Houston, which carried a 68-57 advantage into the final quarter. The Rockets had their largest lead at 70-57 after Kelvin Cato's dunk nine seconds into the final quarter. The Sonics never got closer than six thereafter. Francis finished with 21 points and Rice scored 12. Kenny Thomas had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Yao had six points, four rebounds and five assists for Houston. The Rockets shot just 44 percent (31-of-71) but limited the Sonics to 38 percent (30-of-80). Seattle managed just 26 points on 9-of-37 shooting in the second half. "Twenty-six points in the second half?" Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We are a jump-shooting team. We have to learn to mix it up, attack the basket and not just rely on the perimeter game, because you just can't shoot the lights out every night." "We didn't shoot the ball well," said Seattle forward Rashard Lewis, who made 7-of-15 shots. "We weren't able to knock down jump shots. I don't know. There just wasn't no rhythm." Desmond Mason scored 19 points and Rashard Lewis added 18 as the Seattle lost for the sixth time in seven games. "It's just obvious that we're not playing good basketball right now," McMillan said. "We're not playing well on either end of the floor. The execution is not where it should be and it's showing in our play." Gary Payton set a franchise record by playing in his 964th career game but had 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting. He handed out 14 assists. Houston had a 29-26 lead with just under seven minutes left in the second quarter before Seattle closed the first half with a 20-7 run. Mason scored 12 points in the second quarter. He had six consecutive points during the run and gave the Sonics their largest lead at 46-34 on a jumper with 32 seconds left.


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