Tuesday , Mar , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Houston Rockets Team Report – March 23

=== Houston Rockets Team Report – March 23 ===

(Sports Network) – The Rockets put their recent struggles behind them Monday
night, as they posted a 93-85 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers
at the Rose Garden.

Yao Ming and Steve Francis scored four points apiece to help the Rockets
outscore Portland, 10-2, in the extra frame. Yao finished with 28 points and
13 rebounds, and Francis scored 22 with 10 assists for the Rockets, who
squandered a 17-point second-half lead before putting the game away in
overtime to avoid their fourth straight loss.

A tough baseline layup by Yao with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied
the game at 83-83 and sent it into overtime.

Cuttino Mobley registered 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the
winning effort. Mobley hit 4-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-5 from long
distance.

Francis was fined $25,000 by the NBA earlier Monday for profanity and remarks
made about game officials during a television interview at halftime of the
Rockets’ loss to Sacramento on Sunday.

The Rockets have won the last three meetings with Portland.

Houston has a day off before returning home to face the Toronto Raptors at the
Toyota Center. The Rockets have just five of their final 13 contests at home.

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