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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          21   22   32   24    99   
     ORLANDO          17   23   28   19    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - YAO MING 37, MAURICE TAYLOR 20, CUTTINO 
                      MOBLEY 12
                ORL - TRACY MCGRADY 31, TYRONN LUE 12, GORDAN 
                      GIRICEK 10

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - YAO MING 10, MAURICE TAYLOR 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                ORL - JUWAN HOWARD 6, TYRONN LUE 6, ZAZA 
                      PACHULIA 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - MARK JACKSON 10, STEVE FRANCIS 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                ORL - TYRONN LUE 6, ROD STRICKLAND 4, JUWAN 
                      HOWARD 4

         ATT:   14,135

Box Score

HOUSTON (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 39 4-8 1-1 1-7 3 3 11 K Cato 32 3-5 2-3 2-7 3 2 8 Y Ming 34 15-23 7-7 2-10 0 3 37 C Mobley 33 4-10 2-3 0-3 1 4 12 S Francis 38 3-11 0-0 1-3 4 2 7 M Taylor 29 8-13 4-4 2-8 1 3 20 B Nachbar 9 1-3 2-2 1-3 0 0 4 M Jackson 24 0-4 0-0 0-1 10 3 0 S Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Wilks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Piatkowski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 18-20 9-43 22 21 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (J Jackson 2-4, C Mobley 2-3, S Francis 1-5, M Jackson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (K Cato 2, Y Ming 2, M Taylor). Turnovers:10 (S Francis 3, M Taylor 2, C Mobley 2, J Jackson, K Cato, Y Ming). Steals: 4 (J Jackson, M Jackson, C Mobley, S Francis). ORLANDO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Bogans 18 1-3 0-0 1-2 2 2 3 J Howard 34 4-14 1-2 1-6 4 3 9 A DeClercq 23 0-2 2-2 0-1 0 4 2 T McGrady 38 10-22 6-7 1-2 2 0 31 T Lue 30 5-10 1-2 0-6 6 2 12 D Gooden 21 3-7 3-4 1-2 0 2 9 G Giricek 34 3-7 2-2 1-5 0 1 10 Z Pachulia 14 1-4 4-4 2-6 0 3 6 R Strickland 15 2-5 1-2 2-4 4 1 5 S Williams 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Hunter 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Gaines 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 20-25 9-35 19 18 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (K Bogans 1-1, T McGrady 5-9, T Lue 1-3, G Giricek 2-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (S Hunter, D Gooden). Turnovers:10 (J Howard 2, G Giricek 2, R Strickland, A DeClercq, T Lue, S Hunter, D Gooden, K Bogans). Steals: 2 (T Lue, G Giricek). ------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 21 22 32 24 - 99 ORLANDO 17 23 28 19 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:27 1st). Orlando - 2 (Defensive Three, 5:12 1st; Defensive Three, 9:49 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,135. T: 2:12. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Phil Robinson, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (99) AT ORLANDO (87) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 39 4-8 1-1 1 6 7 3 3 1 1 11 K CATO F 32 3-5 2-3 2 5 7 3 2 0 1 8 Y MING C 34 15-23 7-7 2 8 10 0 3 0 1 37 C MOBLEY G 33 4-10 2-3 0 3 3 1 4 1 2 12 S FRANCIS G 38 3-11 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 1 3 7 M TAYLOR 29 8-13 4-4 2 6 8 1 3 0 2 20 B NACHBAR 9 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 4 M JACKSON 24 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 10 3 1 0 0 S PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 M WILKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION E PIATKOWSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-77 18-20 9 34 43 22 21 4 10 99 (.494) (.900) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (17 PTS) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K BOGANS F 18 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 3 J HOWARD F 34 4-14 1-2 1 5 6 4 3 0 2 9 A DECLERCQ C 23 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 2 T MCGRADY G 38 10-22 6-7 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 31 T LUE G 30 5-10 1-2 0 6 6 6 2 1 1 12 D GOODEN 21 3-7 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 9 G GIRICEK 34 3-7 2-2 1 4 5 0 1 1 2 10 Z PACHULIA 14 1-4 4-4 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 6 R STRICKLAND 15 2-5 1-2 2 2 4 4 1 0 1 5 S WILLIAMS 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S HUNTER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 R GAINES 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 29-76 20-25 9 26 35 19 18 2 10 87 (.382) (.800) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (11 PTS) HOUSTON 21 22 32 24 - 99 ORLANDO 17 23 28 19 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - K CATO 2, Y MING 2, M TAYLOR. ORLANDO - S HUNTER, D GOODEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-14 (.357), J JACKSON 2-4, C MOBLEY 2- 3, S FRANCIS 1-5, M JACKSON 0-2. ORLANDO 9-15 (.600), K BOGANS 1-1, T MCGRADY 5-9, T LUE 1-3, G GIRICEK 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. ORLANDO - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, PHIL ROBINSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 14,135. T - 2:12.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Houston Rockets decided to feed their big man, and Yao Ming was ready to feast. Yao scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Rockets to their third straight win, a 99-87 victory over the Orlando Magic. The 7-5 Yao took over the game in the third quarter, scoring 21 points as Houston's guards repeatedly fed him the ball in 1-on-1 situations. "My teammates gave me a lot of support today and the coaches wanted to get the ball into me," Yao said through an interpreter. "I had a lot of self-confidence. I didn't want to be passive and let them come and defend me. I wanted to attack them." Despite the Magic's reluctance to double-team, they trailed only 75-71 entering the final period thanks to Tracy McGrady, Gordon Giricek and Tyronn Lue, who combined to make six 3-pointers in the third quarter. "Our game plan was to double-team Yao on the dribble, but we were late getting there tonight," Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. "The guy's 7-6 and our guys are 6-9, 6-10. So he shot over the top even when we got the double-team. I think he's really finding a comfort level in the NBA." In the fourth quarter, Maurice Taylor picked up where Yao left off, scoring 10 straight points for Houston in three minutes to provide an 87-78 lead with 7:55 to play. Taylor finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. After Taylor's outburst, the Rockets pulled away. Yao's final basket, a jumper from the top of the key with 3:16 left, gave the Rockets their biggest lead at 97-83 and sent the fans heading for the exits. "With single coverage he should have games like these," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "And I think his play is an improvement on our team. The other players weren't getting anxious about their own opportunities within the game. That's what team basketball is all about." Yao made 15-of-23 shots and 7-of-7 free throws. His performance gave the Rockets a 42-22 advantage in the paint. Houston leading scorer Steve Francis did not score until there were 38 seconds to go in the third quarter. He finished with seven points and four assists. The key point man for the Rockets was newly signed guard Mark Jackson, who had 10 assists in 24 minutes and drew praise from his new coach. "You can make an average shooter a good shooter by giving him the ball on time and on target," Van Gundy said. "Mark has an innate ability to hit people on time and on target and allow guys to shoot the ball particularly well." McGrady led the Magic with 31 points. "Every time I answered, Yao Ming answered," McGrady said. "I had the hot streak in the third quarter, but it didn't matter, they'd just come down the court and do the same thing. Even Shaq can't stop him from getting position on the court. He's a beast." The Rockets swept the season series with the Magic.


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