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11/28/2000 - Sacramento Bee
Kings help cause: Defense spurs offense in romp over Rockets
11/27/2000 - Houston Chronicle
Rockets shoot out own lights
11/27/2000 - Houston Chronicle
Mo' of same a troubling trend
Sacked by Kings
Cold shooting, turnovers the story as Kings rule Rockets court 88-81
By Clutch
NOVEMBER 28, 2000 9:43 PM  |  BOX SCORE  |  HISTORY VS. KINGS

Don't feel like propping any Kings players tonight. Though Bullard hit 4-5, got to give props to Carlos Rogers, who depending on who you talk to has either been in the Rockets doghouse or has been plagued by the longest and toughest asthma attack of all-time. 'Los scored 8 points and grabbed 6 boards off the bench.
Kenny Thomas suffered letdown after the strong effort in Miami and Mo Taylor has just been a letdown period. 6 points combined from the two 'fours' for the Rockets
Just when you started to feel good about yourself.

After coming home from a winning East Coast road swing, the Rockets were faced with a much greater challenge playing the much improved Sacramento Kings Tuesday night.

But you have to put the ball in the hole (and hold on to possession) to beat a team like the Kings.

Shooting 33% for the first 3 quarters and finishing with 22 turnovers, the Rockets were thumped upside the head by the crown of the Kings as Sacramento cruised to the 88-81 victory in the Compaq Center.

The Rockets fall to 8-7. The Kings improve to 10-3.

This game was absolute hell, personally. Not only were the Rockets awful, but I couldn't watch any of it -- not a damn thing. The signal for tonight's game through the Time Warner cable NBA package was about as strong and reliable as a Scotty Brooks postup turnaround on Shaq.

Probably a good thing. This game was awful.

Chris Webber rolled, showing why he'll get any contract he so desires this summer when he becomes a free agent. CWebb scored 21 points, grabbed 11 boards and swatted 4 shots.

Compare that to our power forward combo of Maurice Taylor and Kenny Thomas. Combined total: 48 minutes, 3-14 shooting, 6 points, 9 boards and 9 turnovers.

Hakeem Olajuwon missed his first 9 shots, finishing 2-12 from the floor.

Jason Williams hit 8-13 shots for 18 points. Predrag Stojakovic scored 16... and even though Doug Christie missed 10 of his 14 shots, the 4 he did make were three-pointers.

Cuttino Mobley did score 21 points and grab 8 boards, but most of those points came in garbage time. Steve Francis was the only starter to hit 50% or better (5-7), but didn't play well and didn't play much (27 minutes, none in the fourth). A talent like Steve putting up just 7 shots? Makes no sense. He finished with 13 points.

The Kings exposed a lot of the Rockets problems, and take a look at the season stats on the site to see what I'm talking about:

  • Shandon Anderson (0-3, 16 minutes of action) is in a collosal funk. After destroying Ray Allen in the Bucks game then following that up with 19 against the Clips, Shandon has fallen off the map.
  • Mo Taylor also hasn't fit in extremely well just yet. Both Shandon and Mo are playing for contracts.
  • No defensive presence inside: Cato is sorely missed... No Rocket is averaging even a block a game.
  • Dirty work on the boards: No Rocket is averaging 6 boards or more. Not a single one.
  • Leadership: No Rocket is averaging 6 assists or more. Francis is dishing out just over 5 and a half, but is committing over 3 and a half turnovers per game as well.
Game Notes:
The Kings came out strong, scoring the first 6 points then bumping that up to a 20-3 lead. Meanwhile the Rockets came out ice, ice cold... after one the Kings led 28-13.

Houston closed to within 7 points, but the Kings would not relent, and closed the half on a 19-9 run, leading 52-35 at intermission.

The Rockets closed to within 12 at 54-42 in the third, but before you could blink the Kings ran off 9 straight points to take their biggest lead of the game, 21 points, at 63-42. Boos started to slowly trickle down from the Compaq Center rafters.

After three quarters the Rockets trailed 74-56. Hakeem Olajuwon and Mo Taylor combined were shooting 4-21 from the floor.

When Moochie nailed a baseline jumper the Rockets closed to within 14 at 74-60, but Pollard and Webber each responded with buckets to up the lead back to 16.

However, after Bullard nailed a deuce and Moochie a three, the Rockets trailed 78-67 -- Webber killed that rally also as after Mobley threw the ball away, CWebb nailed two field goals upping the lead once again to 15.

The Kings were never really challenged.


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