Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/16

Game 1: Wednesday, January 16th
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Raptors109
Game 2: Tuesday, March 5th
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Rockets 103

 

Raptors 109

(22-17, 11-7 home)

    Coverage: KTXH

    7:00 PM ET, January 16, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    HOU 28 16 24 35103
    TOR 28 27 25 29109

    Top Performers

    Hou: M. Norris 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: V. Carter 29 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Olajuwon not a factor against former team

    TORONTO (AP) -- Hakeem Olajuwon said it was strange. Rudy Tomjanovich called it "eerie."

    Playing against his former team for the first time, Olajuwon had six points and five rebounds in 31 minutes as the Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Wednesday night.

    Olajuwon, who helped the Rockets to two NBA championships in 17 seasons, wasn't a factor -- Vince Carter led the way with 29 points -- but he sure had a memorable night.

    "It was very strange to be on the other side," Olajuwon said. "I was talking to the guys throughout the game, but at the same time I had to be serious. It was a different game."

    Tomjanovich said it was "eerie" watching Olajuwon play for the other team.

    "I never thought it would happen," he said. "Never."

    Alvin Williams added 21 points, and Jerome Williams had a season-high 18 for the Raptors, who shot 56 percent from the field.

    Moochie Norris, filling in for the ailing Steve Francis, had 28 points. The Rockets fell to 1-17 without Francis, who underwent tests in Washington, D.C. for recurring migraine headaches.

    The Raptors led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter after Carter made a layup, but Houston narrowed the lead to one as Norris converted a 3-point play, Eddie Griffin made consecutive 3-pointers and Norris made a jumper to make it 100-99 with 1:53 remaining.

    Antonio Davis followed with two free throws with 1:30 left, giving Toronto a 3-point lead. After Norris missed a layup, Jerome Williams made two free throws to make it a five-point game with 29 seconds left.

    Griffen followed with another 3-pointer, but Alvin Williams made two free throws to make it a four-point game.

    Houston's Oscar Torres made one of two free throws to cut the lead to three, but Carter made one of two with 10 seconds left, and Norris missed another jumper.

    "We had our key guy out, but the rest of the guys stepped up," Mobley said.

    Mobley added 22 points, and Kenny Thomas had 20 for the Rockets, who have lost four straight road games.

    The Raptors, with Olajuwon on the bench, went on a 19-4 run in the second quarter as Jerome Williams scored eight points. Keon Clark's layup gave Toronto a 15-point lead.

    Olajuwon is the Rockets' all-time leader in points, rebounds, games, steals and blocked shots.

    "I was happy to see them," Olajuwon said of his former teammates. "I think they played very well. They can be proud of the way they played."

    Game notes
    Olajuwon played just two minutes in the fourth. ... Raptors assistant coach Stan Albeck, who had a stroke last month, was discharged from the hospital and admitted to a rehab center on Wednesday. ... Toronto outscored Houston 48-28 in the paint ... Houston's Walt Williams left the game in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle. He didn't return. ... Olajuwon signed a three-year, $17 million pact with the Raptors last August. ... The Rockets made 12 3-pointers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HOU
    TOR
    Points 103 109
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 44-79 (.557)
    3PM-3PA 12-19 (.632) 4-8 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 17-23 (.739)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 5-28
    Assists 23 21
    Turnovers 18 7
    Steals 4 11
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 16 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Houston
    Toronto
    Moochie Norris Norris
    Points: 28
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 29
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3