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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          31   23   32   25    111  
     NEW YORK         14   23   23   19    79      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 27, JIMMY JACKSON 21, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 15
                NYK - MOOCHIE NORRIS 17, KEITH VAN HORN 17, 
                      SHANDON ANDERSON 11

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - MAURICE TAYLOR 9, YAO MING 9, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 8
                NYK - KEITH VAN HORN 11, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 6, 
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, JIMMY JACKSON 3, 
                      CUTTINO MOBLEY 3
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 10, SHANDON ANDERSON 2, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

HOUSTON (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Cato 27 2-6 6-6 2-7 0 4 10 J Jackson 39 8-11 1-4 0-7 3 2 21 Y Ming 27 5-10 5-6 2-9 2 2 15 S Francis 40 7-14 10-12 2-8 6 3 27 C Mobley 38 5-13 1-1 0-3 3 1 14 M Taylor 27 5-9 5-6 2-9 1 3 15 E Piatkowski 17 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 0 3 S Padgett 15 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 5 2 M Wilks 8 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 B Nachbar 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 30-37 8-48 16 21 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.811. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (J Jackson 4-6, S Francis 3-5, C Mobley 3-6, E Piatkowski 1-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:4 (S Francis 2, J Jackson, Y Ming). Turnovers:13 (E Piatkowski 2, M Taylor 2, K Cato 2, S Padgett 2, S Francis 2, J Jackson, Y Ming, M Wilks). Steals: 10 (J Jackson 3, C Mobley 3, S Francis 3, M Taylor). NEW YORK (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 16 1-7 4-6 1-2 0 4 6 K Van Horn 37 6-12 3-4 2-11 1 4 17 D Mutombo 25 2-2 2-2 1-6 0 2 6 A Houston 26 3-11 1-3 1-5 0 2 8 S Marbury 41 3-12 0-0 2-4 10 2 6 S Anderson 28 3-11 4-4 1-3 2 2 11 P Hardaway 25 1-8 3-4 1-4 1 1 5 M Norris 26 6-11 1-2 0-2 1 2 17 O Harrington 13 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 C Trybanski 3 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 F Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-78 19-27 11-40 15 21 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (K Van Horn 2-5, A Houston 1-4, S Marbury 0-1, S Anderson 1-2, M Norris 4-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (D Mutombo, K Thomas). Turnovers:17 (P Hardaway 4, S Marbury 4, K Thomas 3, M Norris 2, K Van Horn 2, A Houston, S Anderson). Steals: 5 (A Houston 2, P Hardaway, S Anderson, S Marbury). -------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 31 23 32 25 - 111 NEW YORK 14 23 23 19 - 79 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (K Cato, 6:53 3rd). New York - 1 (D Mutombo, 5:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:25. Officials: Steve Javie, Ted Bernhardt, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (111) AT NEW YORK (79) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K CATO F 27 2-6 6-6 2 5 7 0 4 0 2 10 J JACKSON F 39 8-11 1-4 0 7 7 3 2 3 1 21 Y MING C 27 5-10 5-6 2 7 9 2 2 0 1 15 S FRANCIS G 40 7-14 10-12 2 6 8 6 3 3 2 27 C MOBLEY G 38 5-13 1-1 0 3 3 3 1 3 0 14 M TAYLOR 27 5-9 5-6 2 7 9 1 3 1 2 15 E PIATKOWSKI 17 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 3 S PADGETT 15 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 2 2 M WILKS 8 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 B NACHBAR 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-71 30-37 8 40 48 16 21 10 13 111 (.493) (.811) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (9 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 16 1-7 4-6 1 1 2 0 4 0 3 6 K VAN HORN F 37 6-12 3-4 2 9 11 1 4 0 2 17 D MUTOMBO C 25 2-2 2-2 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 6 A HOUSTON G 26 3-11 1-3 1 4 5 0 2 2 1 8 S MARBURY G 41 3-12 0-0 2 2 4 10 2 1 4 6 S ANDERSON 28 3-11 4-4 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 11 P HARDAWAY 25 1-8 3-4 1 3 4 1 1 1 4 5 M NORRIS 26 6-11 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 17 O HARRINGTON 13 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 2 C TRYBANSKI 3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 F WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-78 19-27 11 29 40 15 21 5 17 79 (.333) (.704) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17 (32 PTS) HOUSTON 31 23 32 25 - 111 NEW YORK 14 23 23 19 - 79 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - S FRANCIS 2, J JACKSON, Y MING. NEW YORK - D MUTOMBO, K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 11-21 (.524), J JACKSON 4-6, S FRANCIS 3- 5, C MOBLEY 3-6, E PIATKOWSKI 1-4. NEW YORK 8-17 (.471), K VAN HORN 2- 5, A HOUSTON 1-4, S MARBURY 0-1, S ANDERSON 1-2, M NORRIS 4-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - K CATO. NEW YORK - D MUTOMBO. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TED BERNHARDT, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,763. T - 2:25.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden came to welcome home Stephon Marbury. Before leaving, they said good-bye to Don Chaney. Amid repeated chants of "Fire Chaney," Marbury and the Knicks were terrible in a nationally televised 111-79 trouncing by the Houston Rockets, their fourth straight setback. Acquired Monday from Phoenix in a huge eight-player trade, Marbury was playing his first home game for his hometown team. But "Coney Island's Finest" was anything but, scoring just six points and committing four turnovers while being badly outplayed by Rockets All-Star guard Steve Francis, who scored 27 points. "I would never think it could happen this bad," said Marbury, who once touched off a riot in the Garden with a 30-foot buzzer-beater that won the city high school championship. The 19,763 in attendance were in a riotous mood at the outset. But it took the Rockets just over half the opening period to turn the buzz to boos, beginning the game with a 23-2 run that brought the first of many chants calling for Chaney's job. "I knew they were chanting, but I didn't know what," said Chaney, whose job security in tenuous at best, given new team president Isiah Thomas and his obvious goal of making the Knicks his team. "What they were saying, I found out later. It was a good chant. Hey, we stunk." Marbury, who used to sneak into the Garden as a kid, was not one bit surprised. "That's how it goes in New York if you're losing," Marbury said. "You gotta win." In the opening run, the Knicks had as many timeouts as points while committing three fouls and five turnovers. Meanwhile, Houston's frontcourt of Yao Ming, Kelvin Cato and Jim Jackson accounted for all the points until a dunk by Francis capped the burst at the 5:27 mark. The Knicks trailed, 31-14, after one period and never got closer than 11 points thereafter. They shot a season-low 33 percent (26-of-78) from the field and trailed by as many as 33 points in their worst loss of the season. "Horrible, awful," said Chaney, who fell to 71-111 in two-plus seasons with the Knicks. "We played like strangers on both ends of the floor." One night after matching a franchise-record low with 66 points, the Rockets exploded for a season high, shooting just under 50 percent (35-of-71), including 11-of-21 from the arc. Jackson scored 21 points, Yao and Maurice Taylor added 15 each and Cuttino Mobley had 14. "We needed to come back and play well because of how we played last night," said Jackson, who scored eight points in the opening run. "We didn't worry about the crowd. We wanted to come out and play and kind of dominate." "I know we're gonna have a defensive practice tomorrow," Marbury said. There were many embarrassing moments for the Knicks. NBA free-throw percentage leader Allan Houston missed two in a row in the second period. Keith Van Horn followed with an airball on a 3-pointer. And after a slow start, Francis lit up Marbury for 14 points in the third quarter, including a jumper off a crossover dribble that had Marbury grasping for air. Van Horn scored 17 points, leading the Knicks for the eighth straight game. He was tied for team scoring honors by reserve guard Moochie Norris, who was a member of the Rockets less than two weeks ago. And it all took place in front of Jeff Van Gundy, who was replaced by Chaney when he abruptly left the Knicks just over two years ago. He was named coach of the Rockets this summer and also was making a return of sorts, receiving a rousing cheer in introductions. "Ain't nobody watching the game because I came back," Van Gundy said. By the fourth quarter, almost no one was watching. They were too busy chanting - and not for Marbury. "That's New York," he said. "When you're losing, that's what's gonna happen."


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