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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      HOUSTON          23   18   26   22    89   
      MEMPHIS          19   19   22   21    81      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 30, JIMMY JACKSON 14, 
                      JUWAN HOWARD 11
                MEM - PAU GASOL 21, BONZI WELLS 15, JASON 
                      WILLIAMS 11

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - JUWAN HOWARD 9, JIMMY JACKSON 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 9, STROMILE SWIFT 8, PAU
                      GASOL 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 9, JIMMY JACKSON 4, 
                      BOSTJAN NACHBAR 4
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 5, SHANE BATTIER 3, THREE
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   18,119

Box Score

HOUSTON (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 36 5-10 1-1 1-8 4 1 14 M Taylor 20 4-6 1-1 1-7 0 6 9 Y Ming 22 3-7 2-2 0-4 0 5 8 C Ward 21 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 1 3 T McGrady 42 8-19 11-12 1-4 9 3 30 J Howard 28 4-16 3-5 6-9 0 3 11 D Mutombo 26 2-3 0-0 3-7 0 5 4 T Lue 27 2-3 2-2 0-2 1 2 7 B Nachbar 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 4 3 3 R Bowen 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Padgett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-70 20-23 12-43 20 29 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (J Jackson 3-4, M Taylor 0-1, C Ward 1-1, T McGrady 3-7, T Lue 1-2, B Nachbar 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:9 (D Mutombo 6, Y Ming 3). Turnovers:19 (T McGrady 4, J Jackson 3, D Mutombo 3, C Ward 2, B Nachbar 2, J Howard 2, M Taylor, Y Ming, T Lue). Steals: 6 (C Ward, J Jackson, D Mutombo, J Howard, R Bowen, Y Ming). MEMPHIS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 20 1-4 0-0 3-4 0 4 3 P Gasol 31 7-14 7-9 1-6 2 1 21 L Wright 26 1-9 0-0 2-9 1 3 2 J Williams 31 3-10 2-2 1-3 5 3 11 B Wells 26 4-10 7-10 1-1 1 2 15 S Swift 22 3-10 3-3 4-8 0 0 9 S Battier 28 1-3 0-0 1-4 3 2 3 M Miller 22 3-7 0-0 1-5 2 1 7 E Watson 17 1-3 2-3 0-0 2 3 4 B Cardinal 17 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 3 6 J Tsakalidis DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-74 23-29 14-40 16 22 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.351, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (J Posey 1-2, J Williams 3-8, B Wells 0-1, S Battier 1-1, M Miller 1-4, E Watson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (P Gasol 4, S Swift, M Miller). Turnovers:18 (J Posey 6, P Gasol 5, M Miller 2, E Watson 2, L Wright, S Swift, B Wells). Steals: 10 (B Wells 4, P Gasol 2, L Wright, B Cardinal, S Swift, M Miller). ------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 23 18 26 22 - 89 MEMPHIS 19 19 22 21 - 81 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 3 (J Jackson, 0:58 2nd; Team, 2:57 2nd; Team, 8:06 2nd). Memphis - 2 (S Swift, 0:58 2nd; COACH Brown, 0:14 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,119. T: 2:32. Officials: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (89) AT MEMPHIS (81) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 36 5-10 1-1 1 7 8 4 1 1 3 14 M TAYLOR F 20 4-6 1-1 1 6 7 0 6 0 1 9 Y MING C 22 3-7 2-2 0 4 4 0 5 1 1 8 C WARD G 21 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 T MCGRADY G 42 8-19 11-12 1 3 4 9 3 0 4 30 J HOWARD 28 4-16 3-5 6 3 9 0 3 1 2 11 D MUTOMBO 26 2-3 0-0 3 4 7 0 5 1 3 4 T LUE 27 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 7 B NACHBAR 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 3 R BOWEN 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 S PADGETT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-70 20-23 12 31 43 20 29 6 19 89 (.429) (.870) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21 (15 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 20 1-4 0-0 3 1 4 0 4 0 6 3 P GASOL F 31 7-14 7-9 1 5 6 2 1 2 5 21 L WRIGHT C 26 1-9 0-0 2 7 9 1 3 1 1 2 J WILLIAMS G 31 3-10 2-2 1 2 3 5 3 0 0 11 B WELLS G 26 4-10 7-10 1 0 1 1 2 4 1 15 S SWIFT 22 3-10 3-3 4 4 8 0 0 1 1 9 S BATTIER 28 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 0 0 3 M MILLER 22 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 1 2 7 E WATSON 17 1-3 2-3 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 4 B CARDINAL 17 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 J TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-74 23-29 14 26 40 16 22 10 18 81 (.351) (.793) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18 (17 PTS) HOUSTON 23 18 26 22 - 89 MEMPHIS 19 19 22 21 - 81 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - D MUTOMBO 6, Y MING 3. MEMPHIS - P GASOL 4, S SWIFT, M MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 9-17 (.529), J JACKSON 3-4, M TAYLOR 0- 1, C WARD 1-1, T MCGRADY 3-7, T LUE 1-2, B NACHBAR 1-2. MEMPHIS 6- 18 (.333), J POSEY 1-2, J WILLIAMS 3-8, B WELLS 0-1, S BATTIER 1-1, M MILLER 1-4, E WATSON 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - J JACKSON, TEAM 2. MEMPHIS - S SWIFT, COACH BROWN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, LUIS GRILLO, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,119. T - 2:32.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady made sure the Houston Rockets would not end a season-opening three-game road trip without a victory. McGrady scored 30 points and had nine assists as the Rockets overcame foul trouble to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 89-81. Jim Jackson added 14 points and eight rebounds and Juwan Howard chipped in 11 and nine for the Rockets, who opened the season with losses at Detroit and Toronto. "Well, game one was tough, but I think we're looking good," McGrady said. "A game like this feels good because this team is tough. We'll keep building." "I thought Tracy's passing was great," Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He definitely helps make the team more effective. We just were trying to get the ball in the hands of our best decision-maker." Yao Ming had just eight points amid constant foul trouble, but backup Dikembe Mutombo blocked six shots and helped hound the Grizzlies into shooting just 35 percent (26-of-74). "When you start to block a lot of shots and you challenge all of their shots, then I think you get confidence and it helped us build our momentum," said Mutombo, who became the fourth player in NBA history with 3,000 blocks. "That takes them out of their game." "(Mutombo) protected the paint," Van Gundy said. "He guarded a lot of guys with good quickness and he did a good job." Memphis coach Hubie Brown was disappointed his team did not take advantage of scoring opportunities. "We had 24 fast-break opportunities and only scored on seven of them," he said. "We also turned the ball over six times on the break. "We had a lot of 2-on-1s and 3-on-1s and turned the ball over. We had a lot of open shots from three and four feet out and we missed them. "It is very frustrating, especially (when) we knew that the game will be in the 80s. It is just frustrating." Memphis' Pau Gasol scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, but most of those came in the final minutes with the Rockets holding a comfortable lead. Bonzi Wells had 15 points for the Grizzlies, who made just 6-of-18 3-pointers while the Rockets went 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. "It might help to get away," said Wells, whose team failed to win either of its first two games at the new FedEx Forum. "With coming off (a 50-win) last season and opening a new building, maybe we've put some unneeded pressure on ourselves. We just need to go on the road and play our game." "Right now we're not on the same page. We're not gelling," said Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright, who had two points on 1-of-9 shooting. "We have a lot of guys back that weren't with us in the preseason, and we gotta get going. We gotta start gelling." The start of the game was delayed more than 10 minutes because of a clock cable malfunction.


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