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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW ORLEANS      11   17   20   28    76   
      HOUSTON          17   16   23   17    73      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NOR - LEE NAILON 16, DAN DICKAU 14, P.J. BROWN
                      13
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 21, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 
                      14, BOB SURA 11

HIGH REBOUND:   NOR - CHRIS ANDERSEN 16, P.J. BROWN 8, JAMAAL 
                      MAGLOIRE 7
                HOU - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, CLARENCE 
                      WEATHERSPOON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   NOR - DAN DICKAU 6, SPEEDY CLAXTON 4, LEE 
                      NAILON 1
                HOU - BOB SURA 7, TRACY MCGRADY 3, MIKE JAMES 
                      3

         ATT:   18,148

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Nachbar 14 1-8 1-1 1-3 0 2 3 D West 22 3-8 1-2 2-5 0 4 7 J Magloire 23 0-3 1-2 1-7 0 3 1 S Claxton 23 0-4 0-0 0-3 4 1 0 J Smith 19 1-8 2-2 0-2 0 1 4 L Nailon 35 5-13 6-8 2-3 1 4 16 P Brown 25 5-9 3-4 4-8 0 1 13 C Jacobsen 29 2-5 4-6 1-5 0 0 9 D Dickau 26 3-6 7-7 0-3 6 1 14 C Andersen 24 2-8 5-6 3-16 0 3 9 G Lynch DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Vroman DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-72 30-38 14-55 11 20 76 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.306, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (B Nachbar 0-3, S Claxton 0-1, J Smith 0-4, C Jacobsen 1-3, D Dickau 1-2). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:3 (C Andersen 2, D West). Turnovers:14 (P Brown 3, D West 3, C Jacobsen 2, J Smith 2, J Magloire, L Nailon, D Dickau, B Nachbar). Steals: 4 (L Nailon, C Andersen, D West, D Dickau). HOUSTON (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T McGrady 40 5-20 9-11 1-3 3 1 21 C Weatherspoon 34 5-10 4-4 5-10 0 4 14 D Mutombo 36 1-2 0-2 3-15 0 6 2 B Sura 29 3-8 3-4 2-5 7 2 11 D Wesley 29 1-9 2-2 2-3 1 4 5 M James 25 4-12 0-0 0-5 3 2 8 S Padgett 17 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 T Braggs 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Bowen 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Barry 18 2-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 5 V Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION Y Ming DNP - SORE RIGHT CALF _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-78 18-23 13-43 14 26 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.308, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (T McGrady 2-5, B Sura 2-3, D Wesley 1-6, M James 0-4, S Padgett 1-2, J Barry 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (D Mutombo 4). Turnovers:12 (B Sura 5, T McGrady 5, D Mutombo 2). Steals: 9 (C Weatherspoon 3, T McGrady 2, D Wesley, M James, B Sura, J Barry). ------------------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS 11 17 20 28 - 76 HOUSTON 17 16 23 17 - 73 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:26 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,148. T: 2:15. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Scott Wall, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

NEW ORLEANS (76) AT HOUSTON (73) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B NACHBAR F 14 1-8 1-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 3 D WEST F 22 3-8 1-2 2 3 5 0 4 1 3 7 J MAGLOIRE C 23 0-3 1-2 1 6 7 0 3 0 1 1 S CLAXTON G 23 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 J SMITH G 19 1-8 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 4 L NAILON 35 5-13 6-8 2 1 3 1 4 1 1 16 P BROWN 25 5-9 3-4 4 4 8 0 1 0 3 13 C JACOBSEN 29 2-5 4-6 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 9 D DICKAU 26 3-6 7-7 0 3 3 6 1 1 1 14 C ANDERSEN 24 2-8 5-6 3 13 16 0 3 1 0 9 G LYNCH DNP - COACH'S DECISION J VROMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 22-72 30-38 14 41 55 11 20 4 14 76 (.306) (.789) TEAM REBS: 12 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 40 5-20 9-11 1 2 3 3 1 2 5 21 C WEATHERSPOON F 34 5-10 4-4 5 5 10 0 4 3 0 14 D MUTOMBO C 36 1-2 0-2 3 12 15 0 6 0 2 2 B SURA G 29 3-8 3-4 2 3 5 7 2 1 5 11 D WESLEY G 29 1-9 2-2 2 1 3 1 4 1 0 5 M JAMES 25 4-12 0-0 0 5 5 3 2 1 0 8 S PADGETT 17 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 T BRAGGS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R BOWEN 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J BARRY 18 2-10 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 5 V BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION Y MING DNP - SORE RIGHT CALF TOTALS 240 24-78 18-23 13 30 43 14 26 9 12 73 (.308) (.783) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (12 PTS) NEW ORLEANS 11 17 20 28 - 76 HOUSTON 17 16 23 17 - 73 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW ORLEANS - C ANDERSEN 2, D WEST. HOUSTON - D MUTOMBO 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW ORLEANS 2-13 (.154), B NACHBAR 0-3, S CLAXTON 0- 1, J SMITH 0-4, C JACOBSEN 1-3, D DICKAU 1-2. HOUSTON 7-25 (.280), T MCGRADY 2-5, B SURA 2-3, D WESLEY 1-6, M JAMES 0-4, S PADGETT 1- 2, J BARRY 1-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, SCOTT WALL, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,148. T - 2:15.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- In a year of disappointments, New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott had a night to remember. Lee Nailon scored 16 points and Chris Andersen grabbed 16 rebounds as the Hornets rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 76-73 victory over the Houston Rockets. New Orleans improved to just 6-30 on the road and 2-14 against Southwest Division opponents. Houston (44-29) fell into sixth place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind Sacramento. Scott Padgett made a 3-pointer with 3:03 to go in the third period to give Houston a 56-38 edge. But New Orleans went on a 23-4 burst bridging the third and fourth quarters and took a 61-60 lead on P.J. Brown's jumper with 6:50 remaining. "We did a real good job of exploiting them on the pick-and-roll," Scott said. "We did a real good job of dragging and Danny (Dickau) did some real good decisions and P.J. hit shots." After Mike James made a pair of layups to give the Rockets a 64-61 lead, the Hornets went back in front with a 13-1 spurt, including five free throws by Chris Andersen, for a 74-65 advantage with 1:10 to go. "Honestly, I didn't even look at the scoreboard," Andersen said. "I was more focused on getting the rebounds and boxing out on (Dikembe) Mutombo and (Clarence) Weatherspoon. The biggest problem we had early in the game was not getting the offensive rebounds. We just tried to put a stop to that and get out there and run." Tracy McGrady made a pair of free throws and former Hornet David Wesley sank his 1,000th career 3-pointer to cut the margin to 74-70 with 50 seconds to go. After Dickau made two foul shots for New Orleans, Jon Barry buried a 3-pointer to pull Houston within 76-73 with 31 seconds left. Casey Jacobsen missed a 3-pointer for the Hornets with eight seconds to go, which gave Houston a chance to force overtime. But Barry's 3-pointer with two seconds left was no good. "We just made some shots in the fourth quarter," Scott said. "Then (we) did a excellent job on the defensive end of making sure we kept them on the perimeter. We did that, got some rebounds and made some shots." Dickau scored 14 points and Brown added 13 for the Hornets, who shot just 31 percent (22-of-72) from the floor but had a 55-43 rebounding edge. New Orleans' bench outscored Houston's reserves, 61-20. "Sometimes that is what the game is all about," Brown said. "Sometimes the stars are just not going to have it. It's the bench's job to be ready to come in and get the job done and try to give a team a lift. That is what I thought we did tonight." McGrady scored 21 points, Clarence Weatherspoon added a season-high 14 and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 15 rebounds for Houston, which lost to New Orleans for the first time in seven meetings. "That is one of the most disappointing losses I have been a part of this year," McGrady said. "To be up 18 in the third quarter and then to allow them to get their confidence, I couldn't begin to tell you what happened. Despite playing without All-Star center Yao Ming, who sat out with a sore right calf, the Rockets held the Hornets to 11 first-quarter points and eventually took a 33-28 halftime lead. "You have to come prepared every day and remember that the game is 48 minutes long," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "It's miserable because with 10 games to go, we still do it this way."


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