Game Recaps
Game Box Scores
NBA Standings
Back To ClutchFans

1/2/2001 - Cleveland Plain Dealer
No excuses: Cavs simply Rocketed
1/1/2001 - Houston Chronicle
Rogers lifts Rockets to victory over Cavs
1/1/2001 - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Franchise is in business for Rockets
1/1/2001 - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Wittman marvels at Dream career
Los Looms Large
Rogers scores 22, 10 boards as Rockets down Cavs 100-95 on road
By Clutch
JANUARY 2, 2001 8:54 PM  |  BOX SCORE  |  HISTORY VS. CAVALIERS

'Los was simply the man. 10-11 shots, 22 points and 10 boards, including 2 offensive boards late that saved the Rockets -- and doing it all with a sleek new 'doo that makes Brian Grant look conservative.
Not bad -- 2-11 from the field. He was just one brick away from a single-double.
Carlos Rogers, welcome back!

'Los came up big in Cleveland as the rarely used forward came off the bench to score 22 points as the Rockets surprised the Cavs 100-95 in Gund Arena.

The win ups the Rockets mark to 15-16.

Rogers was a beast. Sporting a new hairdoo that screamed "Brian Grant meets Keith Closs", Rogers nailed 10-11 shots and grabbed 10 boards in 31 minutes of play.

You have got to love seeing this, especially on a night when our other power forward struggled. Maurice Taylor came out red hot, nailing his first 5 shots, but he missed his last 5 after hurting his knee and he did not return to the ballgame. Kenny Thomas' shooting was dog ass ugly -- like Linda Tripp ugly. He hit just 2-11 from the field.

Rogers was damn near perfect and was the difference in the game. Keep this in mind: Though Rogers has played in just 12 games, he is hitting over 72% of his shots this season (24-33).

Steve Francis also was terrific, scoring 21 points, tearing down 9 boards and handing out 7 assists. He missed his first 6 shots but made 7-14 from there. Shandon Anderson also had a very nice all around game, connecting on 5-7 for 15 points, 7 boards and 6 dimes.

Cuttino Mobley added 14 points.

Lamond Murray led the Cavs with 24 points and 11 boards while Andre Miller scored 19, grabbed 6 boards and handed out 8 assists. Rookie center Chris Mihm out of the University of Texas scored 17 and grabbed 7 boards while Matt Harpring had 16 and 10. Clarence Weatherspoon grabbed 18 rebounds.

In fact the Cavs dominated the Rockets on the boards (59-43), but the Rockets made up for that by turning the ball over just 8 times while hitting over 45% of their shots (while holding the Cavs to under 40%)

Game Notes:
Maurice Taylor was smoking hot early. He nailed three mid-to-long-range jumpers, and after Moochie Norris swiped the ball and went the other way for 2, the Cavs were forced to call timeout, down 8-2.

Mo kept the heat on though... he nailed two more long jumpers (5-5 from the field, all from 15 feet out or farther) and majorly swatted Chris Mihm. Despite that early burst, the Cavs ran off 8 straight points and took their first lead 14-12.

A Cuttino Mobley drive gave the Rockets the lead heading in to the second quarter, 20-18.

While Taylor was 5-5 for 10 points in the quarter, Steve Francis was 0-6, including missed alleyoops and dunks. Lamond Murray led the Cavs with 6.

The Rockets exploded early in the second though, Francis and Carlos each scored and after Walt Williams drained a trifecta, the Rockets were up 11, silencing the Gund Arena crowd. After a Cavs timeout they pushed the lead up to 13... but the Cavs started to chip away.

Carlos Rogers then got hot, hitting a few more shots (5-5 from the field), putting the Rockets up 39-32. After Matt Harpring scored a deuce though the once 13-point Rocket lead was down to 3, 39-36.

At half, the Rockets led 43-39. Mo Taylor missed his final three shots of the half, going 5-8 for 10 points. Carlos was 5-5 for 10 points. Francis was just 2-9 from the floor. Lamond Murray had 13 for Cleveland while Clarence Weatherspoon had 11 boards at half.

Francis let out some frustration with a slam on a drive, putting the Rockets up 4, but he hung on the rim apparently too long (lame ass call) and picked up a technical for it. The Cavs took advantage -- after Matt Harpring nailed 2 free throws, the Cavs tied the game at 53. But Shandon Anderson nailed back to back threes (ending a 1-10 drought from downtown for the Rockets), putting the Rockets up 6.

Thanks to 11 points by Francis and more buckets from Carlos Rogers the Rockets led 71-64 after three.

The Cavs wasted absolutely zero time getting back to within a few points, and we pick it up in the fourth with about 7 minutes to go. Cuttino scored, giving the Rockets an 83-78 lead, but Andre Miller led a 6-0 charge that saw the Cavs take the lead 84-83 and ignited the Cleveland crowd.

Bullard responded however with 5:40 left by nailing a huge baseline triple that put the Rockets back up 2. After the Cavs scored to tie, Bullard again nailed a trey.

Mobley got to the line a little later, made the first and missed the second, but hero Carlos Rogers tipped in the board to make it 95-89 Rockets with just under 3 minutes left.

The Rockets stopped the Cavs and after a missed three by Bullard, Francis snuck in for the board and the Rocks milked some more time off the clock. Bulard again missed a three and the Cavs got the ball back with 1:08 to go.

Mihm was fouled and made a pair of free throws, but Carlos Rogers (who else?) grabbed the offensive board off a Shandon miss and put it back in, making it 97-91 with just over 40 ticks left on the clock.

From there it was free throws the rest of the way as Carlos had broken the Cavs' backs.


Clutch can be reached at clutch@clutchcity.net and also can be followed on Twitter



   DISCLAIMER     TIP JAR