Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – February 26

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – February 26 ===

(Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored a game-high 22 points and pulled
down seven rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 90-84 victory over the
Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at the Toyota Center.

Yao Ming chipped in 17 points and eight boards for Houston, as the Rockets won
for the seventh time in their last 10 games. Jim Jackson netted 15 and
Clarence Weatherspoon came off the bench to tie a season-high with 12 points.

Jeff McInnis put Cleveland up 67-66 on a baseline jumper with 8:53 left in the
game, but the Rockets reeled off the next six points, including four from
Weatherspoon, to go up five.

Houston pushed its lead out to seven at 81-74, but Carlos Boozer hit a hook
shot on Cleveland’s next possession and McInnis followed the next time down
the floor with a three-point play to trim the deficit to two with 1:28 to go.

Mobley stopped Cleveland’s spurt with a baseline fade-away jumper and Yao
threw down a dunk to put the Rockets up 85-79 with 40 ticks left on the clock.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit an off-balance three-pointer with 30 seconds left to
cut the Rockets’ lead in half, but the Cavaliers were forced to foul
intentionally after that. Houston sealed the win by making 5-of-6 free throws
in the final 24 seconds.

Mobley has scored in double digits in 16 straight games. He is averaging 20.3
points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his last three contests.

The Rockets are off until Friday when they host the Portland Trail Blazers.
The teams have split a pair of meetings this season, as each club has picked
up a victory on its homecourt.