Despite whatever else, there is one big bright spot right now for the Rockets...
Steve Francis is developing his game.
In what undoubtedly has been Francis' most stellar performance to date, the rookie scored 27 points, handed out 8 assists and grabbed 5 boards, all the while turning the ball over just once, to lead the Rockets past the Warriors 103-95 in the Arena in Oakland Saturday night.
Francis played 42 minutes, hit 4-7 from beyond the arc and 9-10 from the charity stripe. Fantastic game for Stevie Wonder.
Charles Barkley returned from a one-game suspension and shot miserably (5-17), but managed 15 points and 16 boards (9 offensive).
Walt Williams hit 5 of the first 6 three-pointers he threw up (missed his last 2) to score 16 points. Hakeem Olajuwon, like Barkley, also struggled a bit from the field, hitting 6-16 for 15 points, but managed to grab 15 boards, block 3 shots and pick off 2 steals.
Kelvin Cato, who started in place of Barkley (interesting), scored 7 points and grabbed 6 boards.
Tony Massenburg added 7 points while Shandon Anderson and Carlos Rogers each added 6.
The Rockets as a team shot just 40%, and ironically kept the Warriors at the exact same percentage. The Rockets improved to 2-5 and face the Pacers in Houston on Monday.