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The Rockets started the game as bad as they have any game all year. Cleveland jumped out to a 16-4 lead before you could blink. When Mobley hit a jumper, the Rockets finally got back on the board to make it 16-6, but at the 5:44 mark of the first.
Then Cleveland really got hot. Back-to-back threes, then Andre Miller and Chris Mihm each scored and it was unbelievaby 28-8 Cleveland. The Rockets had missed 12 of their first 15 shots.
The Rockets woke up some, and cut it to 32-18 after one. Oscar Torres, Walt Williams, Kenny Thomas and Cuttino Mobley each had 4 points for the Rockets while Lamond Murray had 10 for the Cavs and Jumaine Jones 8.
Torres got the Rockets started off with a triple in the second. The Cavs didn't let up, but after two more Torres buckets, the score was 37-27 Cavs.
But Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Lamond Murray were eating the Rockets up. After a Murray basket, the Cavs were up 52-36.
Moochie then nailed a three from the top of the key, then Mobley found Willis streaking for a slam on a fast break and the lead was cut to 52-41. When Torres hit another jumper, he was 5-6 from the floor for 13 points and the Rockets trailed 56-45.
Walt hit a three, but Wesley Person responded with one of his own. Mobley capped the first half scoring by grabbing the offensive board on a Moochie miss and hitting an 8-footer. Halftime: Cleveland 61, Houston 50.
61 points to the Cavs. Oh my. The most points the Rockets have given up in any half this season. Mobley (4-11 shooting) and Torres led the Rockets with 13 points each while Kevin Willis added 8 points and 4 boards. Lamond Murray paced the Cavs with 16 and Ilgauskas added 9 off the bench.
The Cavs lead remained between 10-12 points early in the third. After Kenny Thomas grabbed a board off a Mobley shot that was blocked, slammed it and got fouled, the Rockets trailed 73-63. But the Cavs just exploded, scoring 8 straight points, to make it 81-63 with just over 3 minutes to go. Rudy had to stop the action with a timeout.
Rudy must have done something to spark the team. They closed the third on an 11-0 run: Torres and Mobley hit jumpers, KT a pair of free throws, Eddie Griffin a bucket and Cuttino another deuce. When Moochie hit 1-2 free throws with under a second left, it was 81-74 through three.
Mobley led the Rockets with 19, but was just 7-19 from the floor. Torres on the other hand had 17 and was 7-8 with the rock. KT had 13 and 6 boards.
After Ilgauskas scored, Mobley hit two free throws to trim the lead back to 7. Mobley then found Willis for a slam. Mobley then rushed a three on a fast break and the Cavs got the board. But Moochie picked him from behind. He set up the offense and found Mobley again for three.... bingo! Cavs 83, Rockets 81 with 7:51 left. Timeout Cleveland and the fans are finally in to it.
The Cavs scored on their next two possessions, but Mobley responded each time with a jumper.
Scary moment for Andre Miller. Kenny Thomas went to the line with a chance to tie the game. He made the first and missed the second... in chasing the loose ball, Miller seemed to be diving for the ball, and crashed right in to KT's thigh shoulder first. He just rolled on the court in pain as the Rockets got the loose ball. Since the Cavs didn't have the ball, they couldn't call timeout, but it was obvious Miller was in extreme pain, and had probably dislocated his shoulder.
Houston missed and the Cavs rushed across midcourt and called timeout as the Cavs trainer and Keith Jones rushed out to help Miller.
Ilgauskas started to hurt the Rockets bigtime. He converted a three-point play, then scored another bucket to put Cleveland up 6, but Torres then hit a top of the key three (now 8-9 from the floor for 20 points) to make it 92-89 with 3:33 to go.
Bimbo Coles scored quickly, then Ilgauskas hit another deuce to give him a season high and it was 96-89 Cleveland with just over 2 minutes remaining.