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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          20   23   25   32    100  
     MEMPHIS          22   20   24   29    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 22, MAURICE TAYLOR 16, 
                      CUTTINO MOBLEY 16
                MEM - PAU GASOL 26, DREW GOODEN 19, JASON 
                      WILLIAMS 15

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - YAO MING 10, KELVIN CATO 9, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 6
                MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 11, DREW GOODEN 11, PAU 
                      GASOL 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, CUTTINO MOBLEY 3, THREE
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 8, BREVIN KNIGHT 5, PAU 
                      GASOL 3

         ATT:   12,352

Box Score

HOUSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 31 6-11 2-3 2-4 2 2 14 E Griffin 13 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 5 3 Y Ming 29 4-11 5-6 3-10 0 3 13 S Francis 43 7-15 7-9 2-6 9 1 22 C Mobley 44 5-15 5-6 1-3 3 3 16 K Cato 17 1-2 1-2 1-9 0 3 3 M Taylor 30 5-8 6-7 0-2 2 1 16 T Morris 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 M Norris 20 0-5 6-6 0-3 2 1 6 J Hawkins 6 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 5 J Collier DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Nachbar DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 32-39 11-43 18 21 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (E Griffin 1-1, S Francis 1-2, C Mobley 1-4, J Hawkins 1-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:11 (M Taylor 3, Y Ming 3, K Cato 2, E Griffin 2, M Norris). Turnovers:14 (S Francis 7, M Taylor 2, K Cato, E Griffin, Y Ming, J Posey, C Mobley). Steals: 6 (J Posey 3, S Francis 2, C Mobley). MEMPHIS (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 37 8-18 3-4 6-11 1 4 19 P Gasol 40 7-15 12-14 1-8 3 3 26 L Wright 34 3-13 2-2 5-11 0 6 8 J Williams 35 6-10 0-0 0-3 8 5 15 G Giricek 35 6-14 1-3 0-1 2 4 14 S Battier 19 3-4 1-2 2-4 0 1 9 B Knight 13 0-3 0-0 0-1 5 1 0 M Batiste 12 2-5 0-0 3-5 0 4 4 E Watson 10 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Trybanski 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 W Person DNP - RIGHT INDEX FINGER INJURY S Swift DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT HAND _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-88 19-25 17-44 19 30 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (D Gooden 0-1, J Williams 3-6, G Giricek 1-2, S Battier 2-2, M Batiste 0-1, E Watson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:7 (P Gasol 4, C Trybanski 2, G Giricek). Turnovers:10 (L Wright 3, G Giricek 3, J Williams 2, B Knight, P Gasol). Steals: 6 (G Giricek 2, J Williams, S Battier, P Gasol, D Gooden). -------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 20 23 25 32 - 100 MEMPHIS 22 20 24 29 - 95 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,352. T: 2:22. Officials: George Toliver, Jack Nies, Marc Davis.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (100) AT MEMPHIS (95) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 31 6-11 2-3 2 2 4 2 2 3 1 14 E GRIFFIN 13 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 3 Y MING C 29 4-11 5-6 3 7 10 0 3 0 1 13 S FRANCIS G 43 7-15 7-9 2 4 6 9 1 2 7 22 C MOBLEY G 44 5-15 5-6 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 16 K CATO 17 1-2 1-2 1 8 9 0 3 0 1 3 M TAYLOR F 30 5-8 6-7 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 16 T MORRIS 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 M NORRIS 20 0-5 6-6 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 6 J HAWKINS 6 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 J COLLIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION B NACHBAR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-75 32-39 11 32 43 18 21 6 14 100 (.427) (.821) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14 (16 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 37 8-18 3-4 6 5 11 1 4 1 0 19 P GASOL F 40 7-15 12-14 1 7 8 3 3 1 1 26 L WRIGHT C 34 3-13 2-2 5 6 11 0 6 0 3 8 J WILLIAMS G 35 6-10 0-0 0 3 3 8 5 1 2 15 G GIRICEK G 35 6-14 1-3 0 1 1 2 4 2 3 14 S BATTIER 19 3-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 9 B KNIGHT 13 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 0 M BATISTE 12 2-5 0-0 3 2 5 0 4 0 0 4 E WATSON 10 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C TRYBANSKI 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 W PERSON DNP - RIGHT INDEX FINGER INJURY S SWIFT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT HAND TOTALS 240 35-88 19-25 17 27 44 19 30 6 10 95 (.398) (.760) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10 (15 PTS) HOUSTON 20 23 25 32 - 100 MEMPHIS 22 20 24 29 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - M TAYLOR 3, Y MING 3, K CATO 2, E GRIFFIN 2, M NORRIS. MEMPHIS - P GASOL 4, C TRYBANSKI 2, G GIRICEK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 4-8 (.500), E GRIFFIN 1-1, S FRANCIS 1- 2, C MOBLEY 1-4, J HAWKINS 1-1. MEMPHIS 6-14 (.429), D GOODEN 0-1, J WILLIAMS 3-6, G GIRICEK 1-2, S BATTIER 2-2, M BATISTE 0-1, E WATSON 0- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GEORGE TOLIVER, JACK NIES, MARC DAVIS. A - 12,352. T - 2:22.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Houston Rockets would not let poor free-throw shooting hurt them for the second straight day. Steve Francis had 22 points and nine assists and Maurice Taylor had 16 points off the bench as the Rockets snapped a season-high four-game slide with a 100-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Houston's longest losing streak of the season was extended with a 100-98 setback at Chicago on Sunday. The Rockets could have ended their funk one day early if they had success at the line, where they missed 12 free throws. Houston redeemed itself Monday, making its final 15 foul shots to help hold off a determined Memphis team. "Tonight was a big game for us because we've been on the sneid, losing four games in a row," Francis said. "We've been losing to teams that we feel we've had a good chance of beating. We wanted to come in and set the tone." The Rockets never trailed in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies pulled within 80-79 with 5:29 remaining after Pau Gasol scored four straight points. Houston's James Posey and Taylor answered with consecutive three-point plays for an 86-79 cushion with 4:02 to go. Gasol scored three points during a 7-2 spurt as Memphis climbed within 90-88 on rookie Gordan Giricek's long jumper at the 1:10 mark. Francis answered with a jumper and buried to free throws to extend the lead for Houston, which sealed the win by making 8-of-8 foul shots in the final 30 seconds. "We had talked about finding a way to win and got great contributions off the bench," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Posey made some big defensive plays and we made our free throws down the stretch." "It's tough to win on the road against any team," Francis said. "I think we're one of the teams that really knows that it's hard to win in this league. We just want to keep going forward." Cuttino Mobley scored 16 points, Posey added 14 and rookie Yao Ming collected 13 and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who were 32-of-39 from the line. Houston got 32 points from its bench while Memphis had only 13 from its reserves. Gasol finished with 26 points and eight rebounds and rookie Drew Gooden had 19 and 11 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. "We are losing by so few points," Gasol said. "We are so close, it is the little details we mess up. Nobody likes losing at home. We want to be better every game." Jason Williams collected 15 points and eight assists and Giricek added 14 points for Memphis, which had its three-game home winning streak over Houston snapped. "It is very frustrating," Gasol said. "We need to get some wins, especially here at home. We have to pick it up." "When we are healthy with our best 10, we have to play a perfect game to beat the playoff teams," Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "We play well here, we have beaten the playoff teams. We have a lot of young talent and they are getting good experiences with this team." The Grizzlies had the lead for the first 16 minutes, but the teams exchanged the lead nine times and were tied four times in the final eight minutes of the second quarter. Francis made 1-of-2 free throws with four seconds left to give the Rockets a 43-42 halftime edge. The teams exchanged the lead six times in the third quarter before Houston took it for good at 58-57 on a jumper by Francis with 4:43 remaining.


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