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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     CHICAGO          11   22   34   24    91   
     HOUSTON          33   22   34   32    121     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 23, JALEN ROSE 15, EDDY 
                      CURRY 14
                HOU - JAMES POSEY 26, STEVE FRANCIS 23, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND:   CHI - CORIE BLOUNT 7, EDDY CURRY 6, TYSON 
                      CHANDLER 6
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 9, YAO MING 6, KELVIN CATO
                      5

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 8, DONYELL MARSHALL 3, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 10, JAMES POSEY 8, CUTTINO
                      MOBLEY 4

Box Score

CHICAGO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Marshall 27 2-6 2-2 1-4 3 5 6 T Chandler 29 3-5 2-4 3-6 1 3 8 E Curry 33 6-15 2-2 2-6 2 3 14 J Crawford 34 9-17 1-2 1-2 8 3 23 J Rose 31 7-16 1-1 0-4 1 3 15 C Blount 14 1-2 0-0 3-7 0 2 2 T Hassell 21 2-6 0-0 2-4 2 1 4 J Williams 19 2-8 0-0 0-0 1 1 5 R Mason Jr 17 2-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 6 L Baxter 9 1-4 2-5 1-2 0 2 4 D Bagaric 6 2-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 F Hoiberg DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 10-16 14-39 21 25 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 7-11, .636 (J Crawford 4-5, J Williams 1-4, R Mason Jr 2-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (T Hassell, E Curry, L Baxter). Turnovers:26 (J Rose 5, E Curry 4, D Marshall 3, T Chandler 3, J Crawford 3, J Williams 3, R Mason Jr 2, L Baxter 2, C Blount). Steals: 8 (D Marshall 2, J Crawford 2, R Mason Jr 2, J Rose, E Curry). HOUSTON (121) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 38 9-12 6-7 1-3 8 1 26 E Griffin 24 3-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 Y Ming 29 8-11 0-0 1-6 0 3 16 S Francis 36 5-5 11-12 0-9 10 2 23 C Mobley 36 4-8 3-3 0-2 4 1 13 G Rice 14 4-8 4-4 0-1 0 3 16 K Cato 19 3-6 3-3 0-5 0 3 9 M Taylor 20 4-9 1-1 2-3 0 1 9 M Norris 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 J Hawkins 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 T Maddox 4 0-1 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 T Morris 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-71 29-32 4-35 29 17 121 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.577, FT-.906. 3-Point Goals: 10-17, .588 (J Posey 2-3, E Griffin 0-1, S Francis 2-2, C Mobley 2-4, G Rice 4-7). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:10 (K Cato 3, E Griffin 3, S Francis 2, Y Ming 2). Turnovers:18 (G Rice 5, S Francis 5, C Mobley 2, J Posey 2, Y Ming 2, M Norris, M Taylor). Steals: 17 (S Francis 5, J Posey 5, M Norris 2, C Mobley 2, K Cato, E Griffin, Y Ming). ------------------------------------------- CHICAGO 11 22 34 24 - 91 HOUSTON 33 22 34 32 - 121 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Chicago - 1 (Defensive Three, 0:39 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,758. T: 2:11. Officials: Greg Willard, Hue Hollins, Pat Fraher.


Extended Box

CHICAGO (91) AT HOUSTON (121) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MARSHALL F 27 2-6 2-2 1 3 4 3 5 2 3 6 T CHANDLER F 29 3-5 2-4 3 3 6 1 3 0 3 8 E CURRY C 33 6-15 2-2 2 4 6 2 3 1 4 14 J CRAWFORD G 34 9-17 1-2 1 1 2 8 3 2 3 23 J ROSE G 31 7-16 1-1 0 4 4 1 3 1 5 15 C BLOUNT 14 1-2 0-0 3 4 7 0 2 0 1 2 T HASSELL 21 2-6 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 0 0 4 J WILLIAMS 19 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 5 R MASON JR 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 6 L BAXTER 9 1-4 2-5 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 4 D BAGARIC 6 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 4 F HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-84 10-16 14 25 39 21 25 8 26 91 (.440) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 26 (32 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 38 9-12 6-7 1 2 3 8 1 5 2 26 E GRIFFIN F 24 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 6 Y MING C 29 8-11 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 1 2 16 S FRANCIS G 36 5-5 11-12 0 9 9 10 2 5 5 23 C MOBLEY G 36 4-8 3-3 0 2 2 4 1 2 2 13 G RICE 14 4-8 4-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 5 16 K CATO 19 3-6 3-3 0 5 5 0 3 1 0 9 M TAYLOR 20 4-9 1-1 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 9 M NORRIS 12 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 0 J HAWKINS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 T MADDOX 4 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 T MORRIS 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 41-71 29-32 4 31 35 29 17 17 18 121 (.577) (.906) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 19 (17 PTS) CHICAGO 11 22 34 24 - 91 HOUSTON 33 22 34 32 - 121 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - T HASSELL, E CURRY, L BAXTER. HOUSTON - K CATO 3, E GRIFFIN 3, S FRANCIS 2, Y MING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 7-11 (.636), J CRAWFORD 4-5, J WILLIAMS 1- 4, R MASON JR 2-2. HOUSTON 10-17 (.588), J POSEY 2-3, E GRIFFIN 0- 1, S FRANCIS 2-2, C MOBLEY 2-4, G RICE 4-7. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, HUE HOLLINS, PAT FRAHER. A - 14,758. T - 2:11.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- There must be something about a visit from the Chicago Bulls that seems to bring out the best in teams, including the Houston Rockets. James Posey scored 15 of his season-high 26 points in the first quarter as the Rockets tied a season high with their fourth straight win, a 121-91 rout of the Bulls. Facing the league's most inept road team, the Rockets had little difficulties turning the game into a rout. Posey, who came in averaging 10 points per game, had four straight uncontested layups as Houston opened a 15-3 lead midway through the opening period. "It felt good to have an opportunity to get a bunch of open shots," Posey said. "I'm just trying to get easy baskets in transition. That's my game. It's been a long, long time (since I had a game like that)." "Posey set the tone, he knocked the ball loose, got the running game going," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He's making an adjustment to a new team. His role is still being defined here." Chicago elected to focus their defensive efforts on Steve Francis and rookie Yao Ming, Posey turned that strategy into a mistake. After Posey made his first four baskets, Francis scored half of Houston's next 10 points to extend the bulge to 25-5 at the 3:43 mark. Acquired by the Rockets from Denver in a three-way trade in December, Posey surpassed his season average with a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining in the quarter as Houston forced 11 turnovers in the first 12 minutes. The Bulls tied a season low with 11 points in the first quarter and endured two droughts of at least three minutes. Even as the Rockets missed their first five shots and committed a pair of turnovers in the first four minutes of the second quarter, Chicago could not respond. The Bulls were even worse, misfiring on their first seven and eight of their first nine. But Houston ended its shooting woes with three 3-pointers by Glen Rice in a span of 2:19 that built its lead to 48-25 at the 4:07 mark. The Bulls, whose 3-32 road record is the worst in the NBA, shot just 37.5 percent (15-of-40) in the first half, allowed the Rockets to shoot 57 percent (20-of-35) and trailed 55-33 at halftime en route to their 12th straight road loss to a Western Conference opponent. Francis just missed a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and Yao scored 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter as Houston (34-30) moved into a tie with idle Phoenix for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The teams meet Sunday. "Guys played hard on both ends of the floor," Rice said. "The most important thing is we're doing it together. We can learn a lot from this game. The confidence is probably at a season high. Tonight we got our defense back on track and moved the ball around as well as we have all year." Jamal Crawford scored 23 points for the Bulls, whose last road win against the a Western Conference opponent was in Houston on March 16. According to Bulls coach Bill Cartwright, Crawford was the lone starter that showed up. "Out of our first group, the only guy who was ready to play was Jamal," he said. "We've got to get ourselves ready to play basketball. It's as simple as that. I'm very disappointed. We'll just have to regroup. We'll look at some film and see what we've got to do." Leading scorer Jalen Rose missed five of his first eight shots and finished with a quiet 15 points. Chicago committed 26 turnovers and allowed over 120 points in back-to-back regulation games for the first time since February 7-8, 1990. "We didn't start the game off right," Bulls forward Donyell Marshall said. "We just didn't have concentration."


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