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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      UTAH             23   19   27   30    99   
      HOUSTON          25   17   27   23    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - MATT HARPRING 28, RAJA BELL 21, MEHMET 
                      OKUR 14
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 23, MIKE JAMES 19, JUWAN 
                      HOWARD 13

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - MEHMET OKUR 9, HOWARD EISLEY 6, KRIS 
                      HUMPHRIES 6
                HOU - JUWAN HOWARD 9, TRACY MCGRADY 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - HOWARD EISLEY 8, JARRON COLLINS 5, 
                      ANDREI KIRILENKO 5
                HOU - DAVID WESLEY 5, JON BARRY 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,182

Box Score

UTAH (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 38 12-17 4-4 1-2 2 2 28 A Kirilenko 38 5-12 3-3 1-4 5 2 13 J Collins 11 1-4 0-0 2-2 5 3 2 K McLeod 19 1-1 3-3 0-3 4 5 5 R Bell 35 9-15 0-0 2-3 2 2 21 M Okur 30 5-12 4-4 3-9 2 2 14 K Humphries 19 2-8 0-2 6-6 3 4 4 H Eisley 29 2-8 0-0 1-6 8 2 5 K Snyder 9 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 C Borchardt 8 2-2 1-1 0-1 0 1 5 G Giricek 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 C Boozer DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-84 15-17 17-39 32 24 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (A Kirilenko 0-1, R Bell 3-3, M Okur 0-1, H Eisley 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (A Kirilenko 2). Turnovers:13 (H Eisley 2, A Kirilenko 2, K McLeod 2, K Humphries 2, M Harpring, G Giricek, R Bell, M Okur, C Borchardt). Steals: 7 (H Eisley 2, K Snyder 2, M Harpring, K McLeod, R Bell). HOUSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T McGrady 40 9-17 4-7 1-5 3 4 23 J Howard 35 5-6 3-4 3-9 3 2 13 Y Ming 34 5-10 2-2 1-4 2 4 12 D Wesley 34 4-8 3-4 0-2 5 0 12 M James 34 7-15 2-2 0-2 3 4 19 M Norris 9 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 D Mutombo 14 0-1 2-4 2-4 0 0 2 J Barry 21 1-2 6-6 1-1 4 3 8 S Padgett 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 R Bowen 10 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 0 1 C Weatherspoon DNP - COACH'S DECISION V Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-64 23-31 9-31 20 20 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (T McGrady 1-6, D Wesley 1-5, M James 3-8, J Barry 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (Y Ming 3, D Mutombo 2, T McGrady, S Padgett). Turnovers:14 (M James 4, T McGrady 3, Y Ming 3, D Mutombo 2, J Howard, J Barry). Steals: 8 (M James 3, D Wesley 2, J Howard 2, T McGrady). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 23 19 27 30 - 99 HOUSTON 25 17 27 23 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (D Mutombo, 9:34 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,182. T: 2:10. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Derek Collins, Ken Mauer.


Extended Box

UTAH (99) AT HOUSTON (92) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 38 12-17 4-4 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 28 A KIRILENKO F 38 5-12 3-3 1 3 4 5 2 0 2 13 J COLLINS C 11 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 5 3 0 0 2 K MCLEOD G 19 1-1 3-3 0 3 3 4 5 1 2 5 R BELL G 35 9-15 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 21 M OKUR 30 5-12 4-4 3 6 9 2 2 0 1 14 K HUMPHRIES 19 2-8 0-2 6 0 6 3 4 0 2 4 H EISLEY 29 2-8 0-0 1 5 6 8 2 2 2 5 K SNYDER 9 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 C BORCHARDT 8 2-2 1-1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 5 G GIRICEK 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 C BOOZER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT FOOT TOTALS 240 40-84 15-17 17 22 39 32 24 7 13 99 (.476) (.882) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T MCGRADY F 40 9-17 4-7 1 4 5 3 4 1 3 23 J HOWARD F 35 5-6 3-4 3 6 9 3 2 2 1 13 Y MING C 34 5-10 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 3 12 D WESLEY G 34 4-8 3-4 0 2 2 5 0 2 0 12 M JAMES G 34 7-15 2-2 0 2 2 3 4 3 4 19 M NORRIS 9 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 D MUTOMBO 14 0-1 2-4 2 2 4 0 0 0 2 2 J BARRY 21 1-2 6-6 1 0 1 4 3 0 1 8 S PADGETT 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 R BOWEN 10 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - COACH'S DECISION V BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-64 23-31 9 22 31 20 20 8 14 92 (.500) (.742) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (10 PTS) UTAH 23 19 27 30 - 99 HOUSTON 25 17 27 23 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - A KIRILENKO 2. HOUSTON - Y MING 3, D MUTOMBO 2, T MCGRADY, S PADGETT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 4-9 (.444), A KIRILENKO 0-1, R BELL 3-3, M OKUR 0- 1, H EISLEY 1-4. HOUSTON 5-20 (.250), T MCGRADY 1-6, D WESLEY 1-5, M JAMES 3-8, J BARRY 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - D MUTOMBO. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, DEREK COLLINS, KEN MAUER. A - 18,182. T - 2:10.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Matt Harpring and Raja Bell ended one streak and prolonged another. Harpring scored a season-high 28 points and Bell added 21 as the Utah Jazz ended a four-game losing streak with a 99-92 victory over the Houston Rockets, who have lost three straight. In a game that was tied at halftime and after three quarters, the Jazz took control in the final quarter when Harpring and Bell combined for 17 of the team's 30 points in the period. "The key for us is continuing to move the ball and play defense," Harpring said. "It's moving the ball, not trying to do it yourself." Harping shot 12-for-17, scoring from inside and out. He even made one shot over 7-foot-6 Yao Ming. "He's a big man," Harpring said. "You have to be creative sometimes; And lucky." The key stretch came midway through the fourth when Harpring connected on a turnaround jumper and was shortly followed by a jumper and layup from Bell to give Utah an 88-78 lead with 4:44 left. Bell hit 9-for-15 for the Jazz, including all three of his attempts from the arc. "We were in rhythm," Bell said. "People were making the extra pass and I found myself open. A lot of times you come off the screens and the guy's right there. We must have done a good job screening, because I was open a lot." Utah also did an excellent job defensively and rebounding. The Jazz limited Houston to season lows in field goal attempts (64) and rebounds (31). The Rockets never came closer than seven points the rest of the way. After winning a season-high eight consecutive games, Houston has struggled without starting point guard Bob Sura, who has been out the last three games because of soreness in his surgically repaired back. The fifth player to start at point guard for the Rockets, Mike James, scored 19 points in his debut with the club. "I see a lot (of similarity) in this team as I did in Detroit," said James, who was acquired from Milwaukee on Thursday prior to the trade deadline. "Everybody counted us out last year, and I remember after the trade (for Rasheed Wallace) we lost three straight before everyone got a feel for one another. I see that same talent and I see that same drive here." All-Star Tracy McGrady scored 23 points, 16 in the first half when the Rockets (32-24) led most of the way. He took just two shots in the third quarter, none in the first 9 1/2 minutes. "We tried different things (on McGrady), trapping him, getting the ball out of his hands," Harpring said. "Utah brought a physical presence and we let those guys jump all over our backs and push us around," said McGrady, who shot 9-of-17. Houston's other All-Star, Yao, also had trouble getting shots off, taking only 10 shots. "I just put my body on him," said Jarron Collins, Utah' 6-11 center. "He's so large, and really skilled offensively. You just try to push him out as far as you can. We did a good job helping each other (defensively)." The Jazz (18-37) won for only the second time in the last 14 games on the road. "We have a lot of potential on this team," Collins said. "It's really unfortunate we've struggled the way we have." The lack of rebounding upset Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy the most. "Our rebounding is atrocious," he said. "I love my team, but I hate the toughness we're playing with. (The Jazz) had 17 second shots, we had 22 defensive rebounds. We just got outworked and they don't even realize it. It was easy for Utah tonight."


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