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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MEMPHIS          26   16   24   26    92   
      HOUSTON          24   28   17   31    100     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - MIKE MILLER 37, PAU GASOL 20, JAMES 
                      POSEY 10
                HOU - YAO MING 28, TRACY MCGRADY 23, MIKE 
                      JAMES 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 10, SHANE BATTIER 8, PAU
                      GASOL 8
                HOU - YAO MING 9, TRACY MCGRADY 8, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - MIKE MILLER 5, JASON WILLIAMS 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 8, BOB SURA 6, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 3

         ATT:   17,060

Box Score

MEMPHIS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 36 2-7 0-0 2-8 1 1 4 P Gasol 37 8-14 4-6 2-8 1 3 20 L Wright 27 4-10 1-2 5-10 2 2 9 J Williams 35 2-10 1-2 1-7 4 2 5 M Miller 38 15-24 2-2 0-1 5 5 37 B Cardinal 20 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 3 5 E Watson 13 0-5 0-0 1-3 3 1 0 J Posey 23 3-5 2-2 2-4 3 5 10 B Wells 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Swift 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 A Burks DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 10-14 13-42 20 24 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (S Battier 0-1, J Williams 0-5, M Miller 5-8, B Cardinal 1-1, E Watson 0-1, J Posey 2-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:11 (P Gasol 4, S Battier 3, L Wright, J Williams, B Cardinal, M Miller). Turnovers:9 (E Watson 3, P Gasol 2, J Williams, B Cardinal, M Miller, S Battier). Steals: 8 (J Williams 2, J Posey 2, L Wright, B Cardinal, M Miller, S Battier). HOUSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T McGrady 38 7-17 9-11 2-8 8 3 23 C Weatherspoon 23 0-6 1-2 3-7 2 2 1 Y Ming 33 10-16 8-9 4-9 0 5 28 B Sura 36 4-6 2-3 1-7 6 1 11 D Wesley 25 4-8 0-0 0-2 3 1 9 D Mutombo 9 0-1 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 R Bowen 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 S Padgett 21 1-6 1-2 1-6 3 1 4 M James 24 5-10 1-2 1-2 0 2 15 J Barry 25 2-6 4-4 0-1 1 0 9 V Baker DNP - LIKE SYMPTOMS T Braggs DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 26-33 14-45 23 16 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.788. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (T McGrady 0-3, B Sura 1-2, D Wesley 1-3, S Padgett 1-4, M James 4-4, J Barry 1-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:9 (Y Ming 4, T McGrady 3, D Mutombo, J Barry). Turnovers:11 (T McGrady 3, C Weatherspoon 2, Y Ming 2, D Wesley, S Padgett, B Sura, D Mutombo). Steals: 7 (J Barry 2, C Weatherspoon, T McGrady, Y Ming, M James, D Wesley). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 26 16 24 26 - 92 HOUSTON 24 28 17 31 - 100 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,060. T: 2:11. Officials: Jess Kersey, Kevin Fehr, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (92) AT HOUSTON (100) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 36 2-7 0-0 2 6 8 1 1 1 1 4 P GASOL F 37 8-14 4-6 2 6 8 1 3 0 2 20 L WRIGHT C 27 4-10 1-2 5 5 10 2 2 1 0 9 J WILLIAMS G 35 2-10 1-2 1 6 7 4 2 2 1 5 M MILLER G 38 15-24 2-2 0 1 1 5 5 1 1 37 B CARDINAL 20 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 5 E WATSON 13 0-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 0 J POSEY 23 3-5 2-2 2 2 4 3 5 2 0 10 B WELLS 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S SWIFT 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 A BURKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-85 10-14 13 29 42 20 24 8 9 92 (.435) (.714) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9 (13 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T MCGRADY F 38 7-17 9-11 2 6 8 8 3 1 3 23 C WEATHERSPOON F 23 0-6 1-2 3 4 7 2 2 1 2 1 Y MING C 33 10-16 8-9 4 5 9 0 5 1 2 28 B SURA G 36 4-6 2-3 1 6 7 6 1 0 1 11 D WESLEY G 25 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 9 D MUTOMBO 9 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 R BOWEN 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 S PADGETT 21 1-6 1-2 1 5 6 3 1 0 1 4 M JAMES 24 5-10 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 15 J BARRY 25 2-6 4-4 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 9 V BAKER DNP - LIKE SYMPTOMS T BRAGGS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-76 26-33 14 31 45 23 16 7 11 100 (.434) (.788) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11 (16 PTS) MEMPHIS 26 16 24 26 - 92 HOUSTON 24 28 17 31 - 100 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL 4, S BATTIER 3, L WRIGHT, J WILLIAMS, B CARDINAL, M MILLER. HOUSTON - Y MING 4, T MCGRADY 3, D MUTOMBO, J BARRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 8-19 (.421), S BATTIER 0-1, J WILLIAMS 0- 5, M MILLER 5-8, B CARDINAL 1-1, E WATSON 0-1, J POSEY 2-3. HOUSTON 8- 19 (.421), T MCGRADY 0-3, B SURA 1-2, D WESLEY 1-3, S PADGETT 1-4, M JAMES 4-4, J BARRY 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, KEVIN FEHR, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 17,060. T - 2:11.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets prevented the Memphis Grizzlies from clinching a playoff spot on their court. Yao collected 28 points and nine rebounds and McGrady added 23, eight and eight assists as the Rockets won their fourth straight game, a 100-92 triumph over the Grizzlies. Despite a career-high 37 points from Mike Miller, the Grizzlies (44-34) were unable to secure the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. They have a three-game lead over ninth-place Minnesota (41-37) with four games remaining and hold the tiebreaker. Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said his team's playoff hopes were not affected by the loss. "I think when we lose any game, we're disappointed," Fratello said. "All it means is that we're going to have to go out there and try our best to win the next game so we can clinch it ourselves. We're not counting on Minnesota or anybody else to help us get in." Fratello added that poor ballhandling and clutch shooting by the Rockets down the stretch ultimately doomed his team. "We can't keep having turnovers and breakdowns on the defensive end like that," Fratello added. "We can't just smack people when they go by and get into foul trouble as early as we did tonight." Memphis, which trailed by 15 points with just under 5 1/2 minutes to go in the third quarter, pulled within 69-66 entering the fourth period and got within one point on three occasions, including 89-88 after a 3-pointer by James Posey with 1:52 remaining. But McGrady split a pair of free throws, Houston guard Mike James stole the ball from Memphis forward Pau Gasol and Yao converted a three-point play for a 93-88 edge with 1:09 to play. "They were trying to put two guys on Tracy all night, so of course I am going to get my chances," Yao said. "They can't put another guy to get the double-team on me, so Tracy just found me and I did my best to hit the open shots." After a dunk by Miller nine seconds later, James nailed a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left, and Memphis did not threaten thereafter. "(Scoring a career-high 37 points) doesn't mean anything because we still need to get one win and we didn't get it tonight," Miller said. "The bottom line is that we needed to make a run. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball and I just tried to make something happen." Houston (48-31) moved within one-half game of idle Sacramento for fifth place in the West. "I thought the execution of both teams over the last four or five minutes was at a very high level," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I thought both teams acquitted themselves in a very hard-fought game." "You have to be in the right frame of mind if you want to win," McGrady added. "We're just trying to gain confidence and get into a great rhythm. We have three more games on our home court and we need to build up our momentum heading into the playoffs." Pau Gasol contributed 20 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who attempted just 14 free throws, making 10. The Rockets went 26-of-33 from the line.


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