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3/22/2003 - Houston Chronicle
Francis beats buzzer but not Kings
3/22/2003 - Sacramento Bee
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Painfully Close
Francis' three at buzzer just off as Kings escape Rocket comeback
By Clutch
MARCH 23, 2003 10:22 PM  |  BOX SCORE  |  HISTORY VS. KINGS
Playing in Sacramento is one of the toughest things to do in the NBA these days, but the Rockets nearly stunned the team with the second-best record in the league.

Steve Francis scored 38 points and was forced to race the length of the court with 5 seconds left for the win, but his 30-foot bomb was just off and the Kings escaped with their lives 109-108.

Francis was a beast, going 14-22 from the floor and dishing 9 assists to boot. He had just nailed a 27-foot bomb with 6 seconds left to put the Rockets within one. After Chris Webber shanked both free throws, the Rockets, who had no timeouts left, had to make a mad dash for the victory, but fell just short.

Yao Ming had a bad shooting night (4-12), but finished with 11 points and a game-high 19 boards.


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