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11/14/1999 - Houston Chronicle
Indiana rallies in fourth quarter with 15-0 burst
Another late Rock Slide
Rockets outscored heavily late, waste Barkley's 24 boards in loss
By Clutch

Got to give Old Round Mound his due. After taking abuse from the BBS regulars as a cancer to the team, Barkley pronounced the Rockets "Steve Francis' team" and then went out and grabbed a whopping 24 rebounds to go along with 18 points on 7-12 from the field. Damn fine game for the Chuckster.
That's three games in a row now Cat has been rocked. Shandon Anderson continues to start, and continues to get less than 20 minutes a game (17). Cat got the bulk of the PT again (30 minutes) and shot just 2-10 from the field. He was 0-3 from long-range, where the Rockets were an anemic 3-17 as a team.
Can you name the team that has a winning record on the road, yet hasn't won a single game at home?

The answer: The Houston Rockets.

The Rocks dropped to 0-5 at home (2-6 overall) Monday with a 96-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

They never should have lost in the first place. Leading 67-62 heading into the fourth quarter, the Rockets saw it all slip away as the Pacers took off on a 17-4 run and never really looked back.

It wasted a great game from Charles Barkley, who snared an astounding 24 rebounds, 9 of which came on the offensive glass (second straight game he's gotten 9 offensive boards). Chuck also hit 7-12 from the field for 18 points.

Ditto (18 points) for Steve Francis as well, who hit 8-17 from the floor, dished out 12 assists, grabbed 6 boards and turned it over 4 times. The assists alone are fantastic -- hopefully we'll continue to see more improvement from Francis.

Hakeem Olajuwon scored 18 points on 9-21 shooting, 5 boards, 2 blocks and 5 turnovers.

The rest of the Rockets were really non-factors as Cuttino Mobley struggled (5 points, 2-10 shooting), Shandon Anderson was insignificant in little action (4 points in 17 minutes) and Bryce Drew/Carlos Rogers had games they'd like to forget.

Big difference in the game was from the free throw line. The Pacers hit 25-27 (93%) while the Rockets were 10-14.

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