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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            16   20   20   14    70   
     HOUSTON          16   27   22   25    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - EDDIE JONES 21, LAMAR ODOM 14, DWYANE 
                      WADE 11
                HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 30, YAO MING 16, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 14

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - LAMAR ODOM 10, BRIAN GRANT 6, UDONIS 
                      HASLEM 6
                HOU - YAO MING 8, STEVE FRANCIS 7, KELVIN CATO
                      6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - LAMAR ODOM 5, DWYANE WADE 5, EDDIE JONES
                      3
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, JIMMY JACKSON 4, 
                      BOSTJAN NACHBAR 3

         ATT:   11,135

Box Score

MIAMI (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp U Haslem 27 1-12 0-0 3-6 2 2 2 L Odom 38 6-15 2-8 4-10 5 3 14 B Grant 30 4-8 0-0 3-6 0 5 8 D Wade 38 4-9 3-4 0-5 5 3 11 E Jones 36 8-15 4-4 1-4 3 4 21 T Hill 9 0-1 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 C Butler 26 1-6 2-4 0-1 0 3 4 L Woods 10 1-3 3-4 2-4 0 1 5 R Alston 12 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 J Wallace 14 1-5 0-0 0-5 0 1 2 B Coles DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Beasley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-75 17-28 14-42 15 24 70 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.347, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (U Haslem 0-1, L Odom 0-2, D Wade 0-1, E Jones 1-3, J Wallace 0-1). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:2 (L Odom, L Woods). Turnovers:14 (E Jones 3, L Odom 3, D Wade 3, C Butler 3, J Wallace, U Haslem). Steals: 6 (D Wade 3, E Jones, C Butler, L Odom). HOUSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 26 1-8 0-0 0-1 4 3 2 K Cato 20 1-3 3-3 4-6 0 4 5 Y Ming 32 5-7 6-7 1-8 1 3 16 S Francis 36 5-14 4-5 1-7 7 2 14 C Mobley 41 11-21 3-3 0-5 2 0 30 T Braggs 16 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 B Nachbar 19 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 3 3 M Norris 21 1-3 2-2 0-5 2 1 5 S Padgett 24 5-7 0-0 1-2 1 4 13 M Wilks 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 A Ford 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Amaechi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 18-20 7-36 21 23 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (J Jackson 0-2, S Francis 0-4, C Mobley 5-8, B Nachbar 1-4, M Norris 1-2, S Padgett 3-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:12 (Y Ming 7, K Cato, S Francis, A Ford, T Braggs, B Nachbar). Turnovers:15 (S Padgett 4, S Francis 3, B Nachbar 3, Y Ming 2, J Jackson, A Ford, T Braggs). Steals: 6 (C Mobley 3, T Braggs 2, J Jackson). ------------------------------------------- MIAMI 16 20 20 14 - 70 HOUSTON 16 27 22 25 - 90 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (Defensive Three, 10:33 3rd; Defensive Three, 11:26 4th). Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 8:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,135. T: 2:19. Officials: Leroy Richardson, Monty McCutchen, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

MIAMI (70) AT HOUSTON (90) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === U HASLEM F 27 1-12 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 0 1 2 L ODOM F 38 6-15 2-8 4 6 10 5 3 1 3 14 B GRANT C 30 4-8 0-0 3 3 6 0 5 0 0 8 D WADE G 38 4-9 3-4 0 5 5 5 3 3 3 11 E JONES G 36 8-15 4-4 1 3 4 3 4 1 3 21 T HILL 9 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 C BUTLER 26 1-6 2-4 0 1 1 0 3 1 3 4 L WOODS 10 1-3 3-4 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 5 R ALSTON 12 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 J WALLACE 14 1-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 1 2 B COLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BEASLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-75 17-28 14 28 42 15 24 6 14 70 (.347) (.607) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 17 (17 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 26 1-8 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 1 1 2 K CATO F 20 1-3 3-3 4 2 6 0 4 0 0 5 Y MING C 32 5-7 6-7 1 7 8 1 3 0 2 16 S FRANCIS G 36 5-14 4-5 1 6 7 7 2 0 3 14 C MOBLEY G 41 11-21 3-3 0 5 5 2 0 3 0 30 T BRAGGS 16 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 B NACHBAR 19 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 3 M NORRIS 21 1-3 2-2 0 5 5 2 1 0 0 5 S PADGETT 24 5-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 4 13 M WILKS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 A FORD 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 J AMAECHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-69 18-20 7 29 36 21 23 6 15 90 (.449) (.900) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17 (17 PTS) MIAMI 16 20 20 14 - 70 HOUSTON 16 27 22 25 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - L ODOM, L WOODS. HOUSTON - Y MING 7, K CATO, S FRANCIS, A FORD, T BRAGGS, B NACHBAR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 1-8 (.125), U HASLEM 0-1, L ODOM 0-2, D WADE 0- 1, E JONES 1-3, J WALLACE 0-1. HOUSTON 10-24 (.417), J JACKSON 0-2, S FRANCIS 0-4, C MOBLEY 5-8, B NACHBAR 1-4, M NORRIS 1-2, S PADGETT 3- 4. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LEROY RICHARDSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, SCOTT WALL. A - 11,135. T - 2:19.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- After Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy shared a wave and a nod, Yao Ming had a block party for the Houston Rockets. Yao blocked a career-high seven shots and Cuttino Mobley scored 30 points as the Rockets cruised to a 90-70 victory over the winless Miami Heat in the first meeting of the Van Gundy brothers. The matchup of the coaching brothers was the first in the NBA since current Larry Brown faced Herb Brown from 1976-78. The two squared off before in memorable playoff series when Jeff coached the New York Knicks and Stan was an assistant under Pat Riley in Miami. Both brothers discussed their childhoods in pregame media sessions, talking about table tennis battles and their love for basketball. This one was no contest, however. "(The media) brought me right back to pingpong and childhood and things like that," Jeff Van Gundy said. "But I don't think it's easy, frankly, to have such a superior team. You almost feel guilty that you've been blessed with the better talent, and that was difficult." Stan Van Gundy waved at his brother before the game and Jeff replied with a nod before sharing a laugh with assistant Tom Thibodeau on his bench. Miami proceeded to lose its seventh straight to start the season, its worst streak since a 17-game slide to open the inaugural 1988-89 campaign. "It kind of surprised me that Jeff came down," Stan Van Gundy said. "That's rare for him to do that. That's why I didn't get up to greet him." Younger brother Jeff has a 7-5 weapon in Yao, who blocked rookie Udonis Haslem twice on one early sequence and was an intimidating presence throughout. He helped the Rockets overcome a dreadful start in which they fell into an 8-0 hole and went nearly five minutes before their first basket. "An old Chinese expression is that even though we had the younger brother, we were still able to defeat the older," Yao said through an interpreter. It was just a matter of time, however, before the Rockets established themselves as the better team. They battled back to a 16-16 tie after one quarter and took a 43-36 halftime lead. Of course, the victory was not enough for the never-satisfied Jeff Van Gundy, who wore a scowl as he left the floor. "Tonight we won, but we took a step back in a lot of ways," he said. "We can't let our opponent's defensive intensity take away from what we want to do." Stan Van Gundy, who directed a tirade at his team after its last setback, used a similar tone to discuss his team's performance. "When the lead gets to 10 or 12, it gets really discouraging," he said. "I'd like to see us fight through the discouragement." The brothers' parents watched the game in Miami. They said before the game they had no rooting interest. Yao finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and Steve Francis also flirted with a triple-double with 14 points, seven assists and seven boards. Scott Padgett scored 13 points off the bench. "It wasn't about Jeff vs. Stan," Francis said. "Jeff said it was about Houston vs. Miami, and I respect that." Besides their days with the Knicks and Heat, the Van Gundys faced each other as coach and player in a 1984 holiday tournament, when Jeff was a player at Nazareth College and Stan was coaching at Castleton. Nazareth won and Jeff was named tournament MVP. The coaching matchup was about the only intrigue, with the teams headed in directions that are similar to how each coach landed his new job. Jeff Van Gundy was lured to Houston with a lucrative long-term contract while Stan Van Gundy took over in Miami only when Pat Riley resigned a week before the season opener. Yao never let the 6-8 Haslem and the 6-9 Brian Grant become factors, limiting Miami's best big men to a combined 10 points on 5-of-20 shooting. The Heat shot just under 35 percent (26-of-75). "Basketball is a big person's game," Yao said. "That kind of size will always be an advantage." "Every night is not going to be like this, thank goodness," Grant said. "He is a lot more solid than last year." Eddie Jones scored 21 points to lead Miami and Lamar Odom added 14 and 10 rebounds. Rookie Dwyane Wade chipped in 11 points.


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