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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHICAGO          29   14   22   27    92   
      HOUSTON          28   23   25   29    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHI - KIRK HINRICH 16, TYSON CHANDLER 12, 
                      CHRIS DUHON 12
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 24, YAO MING 21, DAVID 
                      WESLEY 13

HIGH REBOUND:   CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 20, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 6,
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 4
                HOU - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 13, YAO MING 10, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHI - KIRK HINRICH 5, JANNERO PARGO 5, CHRIS 
                      DUHON 4
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 9, BOB SURA 7, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 3

         ATT:   14,267

Box Score

CHICAGO (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Deng 20 3-8 1-1 1-3 2 2 7 O Harrington 17 1-4 0-0 1-6 1 2 2 E Curry 23 4-11 2-3 0-2 0 3 10 C Duhon 27 4-8 0-0 0-2 4 3 12 K Hinrich 36 6-12 3-4 0-3 5 1 16 A Nocioni 17 2-6 3-3 1-4 1 2 7 T Chandler 33 4-13 4-10 9-20 2 2 12 B Gordon 24 4-12 0-0 2-4 0 1 9 A Griffin 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Piatkowski 19 4-8 0-0 2-4 1 2 11 J Reiner 7 1-3 0-0 3-3 0 2 2 J Pargo 14 2-8 0-0 0-0 5 1 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-95 13-21 19-51 21 21 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 9-26, .346 (L Deng 0-1, C Duhon 4-8, K Hinrich 1-4, A Nocioni 0-2, T Chandler 0-1, B Gordon 1-3, E Piatkowski 3-5, J Pargo 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (T Chandler 3, E Curry 2). Turnovers:13 (O Harrington 2, T Chandler 2, J Pargo 2, L Deng 2, E Piatkowski, A Nocioni, B Gordon, K Hinrich, E Curry). Steals: 7 (K Hinrich 3, E Piatkowski, C Duhon, J Pargo, A Griffin). HOUSTON (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T McGrady 38 7-17 9-12 1-5 9 3 24 J Howard 25 5-13 2-2 3-7 2 1 12 Y Ming 30 9-10 3-5 2-10 0 3 21 D Wesley 36 5-11 0-0 1-2 1 2 13 B Sura 38 4-7 2-2 0-7 7 5 10 D Mutombo 17 3-5 0-2 4-13 0 3 6 S Padgett 23 2-6 1-2 2-4 2 1 6 R Bowen 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 R Strickland 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 J Barry 21 4-6 0-0 0-3 3 0 9 A Barrett 6 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-82 17-25 13-51 29 19 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (T McGrady 1-4, D Wesley 3-4, B Sura 0-1, S Padgett 1-3, J Barry 1-1, A Barrett 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (D Mutombo 2, T McGrady, S Padgett, Y Ming). Turnovers:11 (B Sura 6, J Barry 2, R Strickland, Y Ming, D Mutombo). Steals: 6 (T McGrady 2, B Sura, D Mutombo, S Padgett, J Barry). ------------------------------------------- CHICAGO 29 14 22 27 - 92 HOUSTON 28 23 25 29 - 105 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 2 (J Howard, 9:23 1st; B Sura, 5:00 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,267. T: 2:08. Officials: Mark Ayotte, Monty McCutchen, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

CHICAGO (92) AT HOUSTON (105) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L DENG F 20 3-8 1-1 1 2 3 2 2 0 2 7 O HARRINGTON F 17 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 2 2 E CURRY C 23 4-11 2-3 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 10 C DUHON G 27 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 0 12 K HINRICH G 36 6-12 3-4 0 3 3 5 1 3 1 16 A NOCIONI 17 2-6 3-3 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 7 T CHANDLER 33 4-13 4-10 9 11 20 2 2 0 2 12 B GORDON 24 4-12 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 9 A GRIFFIN 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 E PIATKOWSKI 19 4-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 11 J REINER 7 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 J PARGO 14 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 1 2 4 TOTALS 240 35-95 13-21 19 32 51 21 21 7 13 92 (.368) (.619) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T MCGRADY F 38 7-17 9-12 1 4 5 9 3 2 0 24 J HOWARD F 25 5-13 2-2 3 4 7 2 1 0 0 12 Y MING C 30 9-10 3-5 2 8 10 0 3 0 1 21 D WESLEY G 36 5-11 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 13 B SURA G 38 4-7 2-2 0 7 7 7 5 1 6 10 D MUTOMBO 17 3-5 0-2 4 9 13 0 3 1 1 6 S PADGETT 23 2-6 1-2 2 2 4 2 1 1 0 6 R BOWEN 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 R STRICKLAND 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 2 J BARRY 21 4-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 1 2 9 A BARRETT 6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 41-82 17-25 13 38 51 29 19 6 11 105 (.500) (.680) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) CHICAGO 29 14 22 27 - 92 HOUSTON 28 23 25 29 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - T CHANDLER 3, E CURRY 2. HOUSTON - D MUTOMBO 2, T MCGRADY, S PADGETT, Y MING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 9-26 (.346), L DENG 0-1, C DUHON 4-8, K HINRICH 1- 4, A NOCIONI 0-2, T CHANDLER 0-1, B GORDON 1-3, E PIATKOWSKI 3-5, J PARGO 0- 2. HOUSTON 6-15 (.400), T MCGRADY 1-4, D WESLEY 3-4, B SURA 0-1, S PADGETT 1- 3, J BARRY 1-1, A BARRETT 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - J HOWARD, B SURA. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MARK AYOTTE, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, STEVE JAVIE. A - 14,267. T - 2:08.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls are going to surpass their victory total of last season. All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming just didn't want them to do it at the Toyota Center. McGrady collected 24 points and nine assists and Yao added 21 and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets posted their first five-game winning streak of the season with a 105-92 triumph over the Bulls. The Bulls (23-23) matched their win total from last season with a 107-100 triumph at Dallas on Tuesday. They held a 29-28 lead after one quarter in this one but did not score for the first 6:12 of the second period, allowing the Rockets to score 15 straight points in that span to seize control. "It's been a great run for us and we've been doing a great job of sharing the ball," said McGrady, who led the Rockets in scoring for the 33rd time this season. "We've just been making the right plays for the team and limiting our turnovers. The offense is definitely clicking and if we can get our defense on that same page, then we'll really be a hell of a team." A layup by Bulls rookie Ben Gordon with 7:48 remaining cut the deficit to 86-77 before the Rockets countered with 11 straight points to put away the game. Yao capped the run with a dunk off a feed from McGrady to open a 97-77 cushion with 5:27 left. "The last couple of games we have been really good on offense," Yao said. "But for some reason, until tonight, we loosened up on the defensive side. Tonight, I thought we had no problem with our offense. The second team did a great job in the second quarter and that really set the tone for us." All five starters scored in double figures for Houston, which made half its 82 shots. The Bulls connected on just 37 percent (35-of-95). Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy was quick to praise the Rockets' defensive effort, especially David Wesley's work against the Bulls' guards. "I'm still trying to devise a defense where (Wesley) can guard everybody on the perimeter," Van Gundy said. "He can guard point guards, and he was all over Gordon and then he'd switch over to (Kirk) Hinrich. He really set the tone for us defensively tonight." Houston's Dikembe Mutombo came off the bench to collect six points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes for Houston. "I think a lot of our playing well had to do with the practice we had yesterday," Mutombo said. "It was a great practice and everyone was excited and ready to get out there tonight. It has been awhile since we have played this well defensively and I think that had a lot to do with it." Before doing so on Wednesday, the Rockets had not held any of their previous nine opponents under 40 percent. Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 20 rebounds off the bench for Chicago, which fell to 1-3 on a five-game road trip. Chandler became the first Rockets opponent to grab at least 20 rebounds since Denver's Kevin Willis did it on April 10, 2001. "For some reason, we just had trouble executing the small things," Chandler said. "Our offense was out of sync, and you just can't play catch-up against a good team like Houston." Chicago coach Scott Skiles said the Bulls had a hard time finding the basket and guarding Yao. "We're just not very good against Yao, but I think we did a respectable game against McGrady," Skiles said. "Houston is a better team than us and we would have had to play an error-free game against them just like we did at Dallas last night. Houston came out, executed and made plays, and that was the game right there."


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