Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Friday, December 5th
Warriors112Final
Rockets131
Game 2: Friday, December 12th
Rockets119Final
Warriors108
Game 3: Saturday, January 31st
Warriors93Final
Rockets110
Game 4: Friday, April 10th
Rockets113Final
Warriors109

Warriors 112

(5-14, 2-9 away)

Rockets 131

(13-7, 6-3 home)

    Coverage: CBHD

    8:30 PM ET, December 5, 2008

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 32 25 27 28112
    HOU 30 32 26 43131

    Top Performers

    Golden State: S. Jackson 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Houston: Y. Ming 33 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Yao fills box score to lead Rockets over stumbling Warriors

    Associated Press

    HOUSTON -- Yao Ming has figured out by now that if he plays aggressively, he'll either score or get fouled almost every time he touches the ball.

    Fast Facts

    • The Rockets have beat the Warriors in their last three games after losing their four previous meetings.

    • Golden State has scored more than 100 points in 15 of 19 games this season.

    • The Warriors are 0-6 with Jamal Crawford in the lineup.

    • Houston is 8-0 this season when scoring 100 points or more.

    -- ESPN research

    Yao scored 19 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Ron Artest added 28 points to help the Houston Rockets beat Golden State 131-112 on Friday night.

    Yao, an 88-percent free-throw shooter, went 17-of-19 from the line and 9-for-9 in the final quarter as Golden State's big men helplessly tried to defend him.

    "I'm just attacking the rim," said Yao, Houston's leading scorer. "If I catch it in the paint and turn around and draw contact, seven or eight times out of 10, the referee will give you the call."

    Yao also had 14 rebounds and five assists. Golden State surrounded Yao with defenders all night, but Ronny Turiaf and Andris Biedrins both fouled out trying to stop him.

    "Yao plays like he's 8 feet tall," said Corey Maggette, who scored 23 for Golden State. "It's hard for a small lineup to defend him inside and then when we got in foul trouble, it was impossible to stop him."

    And when the Warriors double-teamed him, Yao found teammates open on the perimeter. Rafer Alston and Von Wafer scored 18 points apiece and the Rockets went 13-of-21 from 3-point range to hand the Warriors their eighth straight loss.

    Stephen Jackson scored 26 points before getting ejected with 1:35 left. Corey Maggette scored 23 points, and Jamal Crawford added 22 for the Warriors, who shot 54 percent (45-of-83) from the field.

    Golden State coach Don Nelson was ejected late in the third quarter and Houston finished the game with a 30-11 run to reach a season-high point total.

    Yao's three-point play with 7:14 left broke a 101-101 tie, and Alston drove for a layup to stretch Houston's lead to five. Yao scored on the Rockets' next trip down to match their biggest lead at seven.

    "He was a monster in the fourth," Alston said of Yao.

    The Warriors shot close to 60 percent through the first 3 1/2 quarters, then had only one field goal in a 3-minute span as Yao and the Rockets finally pulled away.

    Yao put back Artest's miss with 5:26 left, and Shane Battier sank two free throws with 4:45 to go to push the lead to 114-103. Golden State never threatened again and Jackson was tossed for arguing a foul call.

    Golden State shot 60 percent (12-of-20) from the field in the first quarter and led only 32-30.

    The Warriors hit seven of their first eight shots in the second quarter, while Wafer scored the Rockets' first seven points to keep them close. The seldom-used shooting guard hadn't scored more than 10 in a game this season.

    Jackson hit his first seven shots and put Golden State up 45-39 with a layup. Luther Head, Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry finished fast breaks with layups over the next minute to tie the game.

    Turiaf, third in the league in blocked shots, picked up his fifth foul with 51.7 seconds left in the half and was replaced by Rob Kurz.

    Battier hit his third and fourth 3-pointers in the last 38 seconds to give Houston a 62-57 lead at the break. Turiaf fouled out with 9:10 left in the third quarter, smacking Yao on a turnaround.

    Nelson was ejected after protesting a foul call on Biedrins. Biedrins was whistled after fighting Luis Scola and Yao for a rebound. Assistant coach Keith Smart took over on the Warriors' bench.

    When play resumed, rookie Anthony Randolph was called for a technical foul after dunking on Yao and then saying something to the Houston center.

    Houston led 88-84 after three quarters, even though all five Golden State starters were already in double figures. The Warriors opened the final quarter with a quick 9-2 run, but Yao's three-point play with 9:44 left re-tied it at 93-all.

    "We know how talented Yao is," Smart said. "He did a good job and took advantage of us."

    Game notes


    Warriors G Kelenna Azubuike did not score in 5 minutes after sitting out Monday's loss to Miami with a sprained left foot. ... Artest had one steal and has at least one in 19 of 20 games this season. ... The Rockets are 69-6 when they score 100 points or more at the Toyota Center. ... Nelson was ejected for the first time this season. He was also thrown out of a game in Houston last season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    HOU
    Points 112 131
    FGM-FGA 45-83 (.542) 41-84 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 7-19 (.368) 13-21 (.619)
    FTM-FTA 15-23 (.652) 36-40 (.900)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-33 16-44
    Assists 17 23
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 21 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (4/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 19

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Houston
    Stephen Jackson Jackson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Yao Ming Ming
    Points: 33
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1