Steve Francis is leading the league in turnovers, but none of them this season have been more costly than the one committed late in Cleveland.
The Rockets, down 14 midway through the 4th, made a valiant comeback and got the ball back with 12 seconds left and down just one. But Francis tried to slip a half-court pass over two defenders to a streaking Yao Ming, it was picked off and the Rockets fell in Cleveland 105-102.
The Cavs, the worst team in the league, entered the game with a 9-40 record.
Francis wasn't the only culprit. James Posey took an ill-advised three with 1:07 left that hurt, but he missed a free throw with 38 seconds left that proved even more costly. The big bright spot was the play of Maurice Taylor, who scored a game-high and personal season-high with 30 points.