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2/19/2001 - Houston Chronicle
Celtics pose little trouble in 101-84 rout
2/19/2001 - Boston Globe
Celtics are on the outs
Boston Baked
Mo helps Rockets crush Celtics 101-84 for 6th win in last 7 games
By Clutch
FEBRUARY 20, 2001 9:41 PM  |  BOX SCORE  |  HISTORY VS. CELTICS

11-17 shooting, 23 points, 7 boards and a pair of blocks. Mo struggled the previous two games but busted out with a huge performance
Clock struck 11 Tuesday night for Walt. 10 clangs and a chime. 1-11 shooting... as it was overheard in the chat room: Walt couldn't hit the ocean from a cruise ship.
Big Mo in the house!

Maurice Taylor stepped up, hitting 10 of his first 14 shots, to lead a big team effort as the Rockets crushed the Celtics 101-84 Tuesday night.

The Rockets, who have won 6 of their last 7 games, are now an astounding 17-4 against the Eastern Conference.

The Rockets did it with defense, forcing 19 Celtic turnovers and holding Boston to 36.8% shooting.

Taylor was big, scoring a team high 23 (13 in the third), grabbed 7 boards and blocked a pair of shots. That's not including his defense on Antoine Walker (19 points), who was held to 4-17 shooting. Taylor has struggled the past few games, but busted out of it tonight and his reliable jumper from 15-18 feet has been a huge asset when combined with the pick and rolls the Rockets have been running with their guards.

Speaking of guards, Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley did just fine.

Francis was just 2 assists shy of a triple-double, scoring 19, 10 boards, 8 assists and 3 steals. Can't say much about him that hasn't been said -- kid has All-Star written all over him.

What's gotten in to Mobley? The dude used to score 25 a game and get maybe a board and an assist. Now he's crashing the glass (had 8 boards at half) and handing out the dimes. 10 boards and 5 assists for Mobley to go with his 17 points.

Taylor credited Hakeem Olajuwon for helping the Rockets get off on the right foot early, particularly defensively. Dream hit 5-8 shots for 13 points (6 in the first period) and blocked a pair of shots.

Shandon Anderson scored 8 points while Moochie Norris (5 points, 2 assists) had a good game in limited action off the bench. Kenny Thomas grabbed 8 boards -- 6 offensive -- in 19 minutes of play.

Paul Pierce led all scorers with 31 points.

Game Notes:
Mobley was hot early.

The Rockets trailed 4-0 after the first minute, but Cuttino Mobley knocked down back-to-back threes to make it 6-4. After Cuttino nailed a jumper (with his foot on the 3-point line), Hakeem got a deuce and Francis nailed a 10-footer, the Rockets were on an 8-0 run and up 20-11.

Dream nailed a 10-foot baseline jumper, than Francis nailed a pair of free throws to make the run 12-0. After Shandon nailed a three, the Rockets led 27-14.

The Rockets led 29-19 after one thanks to over 50% shooting and holding the Celtics to 31%. Cuttino Mobley had 8 points and 5 boards while Mo and Dream each had 6. Antoine Walker led the Celtics with 7.

The Celts came out hot in the second, cutting the lead down to 6 and forcing Rudy T to call timeout, but the Rockets responded. After Francis slammed home two, the Rockets were back up 40-27.

When Moochie Norris nailed a three as the shot clock expired, the Rockets had their biggest lead at 16 points at 45-29.

Mo Taylor capped the scoring, giving the Rockets a 53-41 edge at the half. Steve Francis had 13 points, 5 boards and 4 assists while Mobley had 12 and 8 rebounds. Mo Taylor added 10. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 22.

Mo Taylor was smoking hot in the third period. He scored 8 points in the first half of the quarter, and after nailing a 20-footer (giving him 20 points on 10-15 shooting) with over 5 minutes to go in the period, the Rockets led 69-54.

After Mo Taylor picked a Celtic pass, Francis found Mobley streaking for a slam and it was 74-56 Rockets.

The Rockets led 82-63 after three thanks in large part to Mo Taylor's 23 points and 7 boards. Francis had 16 points, 8 boards and 7 assists while Mobley (15) and Hakeem (13) also were big.

Francis followed up a technical by ripping a three, putting the Rockets up 86-66. From there the Rockets more than kept their lead, and halfway through the period the reserves were in.

Garbage time rightfully deserved as the Rockets got a big win.


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