Migraines are absolutely tearing apart Steve Francis, and as a result, the Houston Rockets.
But this time, Francis played through the pain ... and it paid off.
Francis finished with 20 points and 9 boards, including a pair of triples late in the third to help the Rockets pull away, as the Rockets beat the Washington Wizards 102-89 in the nation's capital in a rare noon start Monday.
The win ups the Rockets' mark to 18-34 on the season, which currently has them tied with Cleveland for 5th worst record in the NBA.
Despite the migraine, Francis was probably on a high from the day before, having received a huge ovation before the Duke-Maryland contest as Stevie had his #23 honored in a ceremony by Maryland (and the Terrapins responded by beating Duke).
While Francis returned home though, Cuttino Mobley had a brilliant game, scoring 31 on an impressive 11-17 shooting to lead all scorers and picked a couple more steals. In his last 6 ballgames, Cuttino has 17 thefts... putting him at just under 3 a game during that span.
No wonder Kenny Thomas is quite popular around the league these days (though his salary is a big reason for that). KT added 21 points and snared 8 boards and in the 7 games since his 3-game suspension for fighting with Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Thomas is averaging 16.4 points and 9.6 boards while hitting almost 54% of his shots.
And what about Moochie Norris? My goodness. The guy almost had a triple-double! Mooch had 15 points, 12 assists and 8 boards. While he shot just 6-15 from the floor, what was most impressive was that to his 12 assists, he had just one turnover (meanwhile, Francis had 4 assists and 7 turnovers)
Michael Jordan meanwhile wasn't too impressive. The Rockets held Jordan to just 5-12 shooting for 11 points, though he did have 11 assists. Rip Hamilton led the Wizards with 21 while Chris Whitney added 19.