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1/15/2001 - Houston Chronicle
Tired Rockets get animated for showtime
1/15/2001 - Houston Chronicle
Hakeem wouldn't mind trade
1/15/2001 - Houston Chronicle
Taylor's rhythm hits perfect notes
1/15/2001 - Toronto Sun
Another blasting
1/15/2001 - Toronto Star
Raps fizzle against Rockets
EXTINCTION
Mobley's 26, Taylor's 24 lead Rockets to another romp over Raptors
By Clutch
JANUARY 16, 2001 9:27 PM  |  BOX SCORE  |  HISTORY VS. RAPTORS

Mo Taylor was 10-13 for 24 big points, but I've been harsh on Cat and he had a big game tonight against Vince Carter, going mano a mano in the third quarter to boot. Made 6 of his last 7 shots.
Crushed by Rocks twice in a week.... has to hurt

(Game Recap coming...
... Game Notes below)

GameNotes:
The Rockets just smoked offensively in the first half, jumping out to a 30-21 advantage after one. Mo Taylor hit all 4 shots he took, scoring 8 in the period.

By halftime, Mo had 12 on 5-5 from the floor, Mobley had 10 and Francis had 8 points, 5 assists and 6 boards -- the Rockets led 54-43.

Taylor exploded for 7 uncontested points in the first 2 minutes of the third, giving him 19 total, and the Rockets increased their lead to 61-43.

After one of several Charles Oakley jumpers, the Raptors were within 13, but Mo Taylor nailed two more jumpers in a row and the Rockets led 74-59.

The Rockets got smoking hot to end the third. Shandon nailed three straight buckets, Mobley nailed two after that and Francis capped the Rockets' 9th straight field goal with a gorgeous baseline reverse in traffic.

A Bullard miss from long range as the buzzer sounded to end the third stopped the streak, but the Rockets led 86-68 with 12 minutes left.

The Rockets kept the heat on. Bullard nailed a three, Mobley converted a beautiful three-point play on a short jumper and a little later Walt Williams drained a trifecta of his own and Toronto, getting blown out, was forced to call timeout down 98-76.

They kept pouring it on. After Moochie danced around Tracy Murray, he found Walt for another three and the crowd was in an uproar. The Rockets celebrated. Timeout Toronto -- Rockets 110, Raptors 84.

Said TNT analyst John Thompson, "I tell you what. If this team gets a big guy who can bang down low they're going to be a force to be reckoned with."


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