Full Recap coming...
Game Notes found below
While Steve Francis started out ice cold in the first quarter (1-7 from the floor), Cuttino Mobley was smoking hot, having hit 6-8 shots for 16 points, including a pair of triples, but it didn't stop the Rockets from trailing to Golden State after one, 28-26.
Kenny Thomas added 8 points.
Funny, but in the second quarter there was a 7-minute delay of the game while arena workers tried to catch a bat that was flying around the arena.... and at the players. Moochie and Bobby Sura both had to run for cover (sort of) ... but play did eventually resume.
Mobley didn't have quite the same impact in the second quarter, but rookie Jason Richardson sure did. He scored 11 of his 19 first half points in the second period, helping the Warriors keep the Rockets at bay.
Jason Collier came off the bench to both of his shot attempts for 6 points. Bill Worrell kept shouting that Collier now had a "career-high"... which is strange since Collier had 12 points in a game last year and 10 points twice.
At half, the Warriors still had a 2-point edge at 56-54. Mobley went scoreless in the second quarter, but still led the Rockets with 16. Eddie Griffin had 12 points and 8 boards while Kenny Thomas had 10.
The third quarter was wild and schizophrenic. The Rockets started out ice cold, missing 9 of their first 10 shots and the Warriors jumped out on a 12-3 run.
They bumped their lead up to 13 before Francis woke up the Rockets. He scored 9 straight Rocket points, sparking a 22-10 closing rally... when Cuttino Mobley hit a tough jumper with a man in his face with 11.1 ticks left in the third, the Rockets led 81-80, and took that lead in to the fourth.
Mobley had missed 6 straight shots, but had awoken in the third, scoring 10 to give him 26 for the night through three. Francis had 20 points and 7 assists. Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 25 while Antawn Jamison had 16.
The Rockets started the fourth out as flat as they did the third, and Golden State regained the lead and jumped out to a 5-point edge, but the Rockets kept it close... they trailed just 91-89 in the final 5 minutes before Jamison and the Warriors took advantage of some Rocket turnovers and took off on an 8-0 run, seizing a 99-89 edge with just under 3 minutes left.
Rudy T had to call timeout.
Didn't matter.... the Rockets never threatened from there.