Holy Mobley, Batman!
Cuttino Mobley must like starting because he busted right out of the gate, scoring 28 of his his new career-high 41 points in the first half as the Rockets beat the Warriors 112-104 in Oakland.
The win improves the Rockets record to 20-19.
Mobley was en fuego. He scored 16 in the first quarter, 12 in the second, 5 in the third and 8 more in the fourth. He nailed 14-26 shots, a pair of three, 11-13 at the stripe for a grand total of 41 points, and 9 boards to boot.
It was a career night for Mobley. I can't praise him enough for the big performance
And though it wasn't a career night for Walt Williams, it was a career night for him as far as his Rocket career is concerned. Walt, who has tried braids and poof 'doos all season trying to snap out his slump, finally shaved it all off Tuesday, responding with 13 points against the Raptors.
Tonight against the Warriors he knocked down 22. He hit 8-13 from the floor in 34 minutes off the bench.
Kenny Thomas also played extremely well, putting up 12 points (10 in the third quarter) and 12 boards. The third period was a Kenny slam highlight show... KT threw down 3 monster jams in about a 2-minute span.
Steve Francis was extremely unselfish on this night, but come crunch time he hit two huge threes in the fourth that put the Warriors away for good. He again had a near triple-double. 10 points, 9 assists and 8 turnovers. Not the type of trip-dub you go for, but hey...
Off the bench, Moochie Norris backed him up nicely, scoring 11 points (7 in the fourth period) and 8 assists in 26 minutes. Matt Bullard nailed all three 3-pointers he took for 9 points.
Thank goodness they all came to play, because the Rockets needed all the big performances.
With Maurice Taylor playing just 6 minutes, leaving the game with the flu, The Rockets played KT heavy duty minutes and that left Antawn Jamison, at times, guarded by Walt or hell, even Dan Langhi for a few. Jamison popped off for 43 points and 15 boards.
If that wasn't bad enough, Bobby Sura pulled a Donyell Marshall, actually making himself useful and going off to tie a career high 31 points.
The Rockets cooked from the field, hitting 52% of their shots to the Warriors' 46%.
Cuttino Mobley had a monster first quarter, scoring 16 points on 6-10 shooting and grabbing 4 boards. He started and finished the period with a three-pointer, but Bobby Sura (huh?) had 13 of his own in the quarter and the Rockets led by just 2 after one, 27-25.
Maurice Taylor played just the first 4 minutes, leaving with the flu.
The Warriors came hard early in the second. After Jamison scored again and Vonteego Cummings laid in 2 on a drive, the Warriors led 40-36. Jamison and Sura had 31 of the Warriors' 40 points.
But Matt Bullard happened. Houston tore off on a 10-0 run thanks to two Bullard three-pointers, the second of which gave the Rockets the 46-40 lead.
When Mobley nailed a jumper with the shot clock winding down, the Rockets led 48-44 and Cuttino had 26 points and there was 4:38 left in the second quarter!
On the next possession KT found Mobley all alone underneath for a vicious slam (28 points) and after a Jamison miss, Bullard nailed his third three-pointer (in 3 attempts) and the Rockets led 53-46.
The Warriors however finished the half on an 8-2 run, capped by buckets from Jamison and Sura, and the Rockets lead at intermission was just a digit at 55-54.
Mobley was a monster, going 10-16 from the floor for 28 points and 6 boards, but Antawn Jamison was just as brutal to the Rockets, scoring 26 points on 9-19 and tearing down 9 boards. Bobby Sura added 17 points and 6 boards for the Warriors.
Matt Bullard added 9 and Walt Williams 8 for the Rocks.
A three by Mookie Blaylock gave the Warriors the lead to start the third, but the Rockets ran off 8 uncontested points from there, using great ball movement, to take a 63-57 edge.
But Mobley, so hot in the first half, missed a pair of shots and the Warriors rattled off 7 straight points of their own, regaining the lead 64-63. The Rockets responded by running off 6 of their own yet again, thanks in large part to two vicious Kenny Thomas slams on two consecutive fast breaks.
When Kenny Thomas outfought Jamison for an offensive board, then again slammed it home something fierce (the guy owned the rim in the third period), KT had 10 points alone in the third and the Rockets led 75-69.
A little later Walt Williams blew by Adam Keefe and while tripping threw it up, made the bucket and got the foul call. His free throw made it 80-69 Rockets.
The Rockets led 85-73 going in to the fourth. KT had 10 in the quarter as did Walt Williams (18 total). Mobley had 33 going in to the fourth.
The Warriors got hot to start the fourth, running off 6 straight points, forcing Rudy T to call timeout ahead 87-79.
Thanks to Mobley and Walt buckets the Rockets built it back up to 95-84, but a Bobby Sura three cut it to 95-87.
But Walt hit another jumper, giving him 22 points, and after Jamison scored, Moochie blew by his man, made the layup and got fouled. His free throw made it 100-89 Rockets.
Mookie Blaylock got hot though... after he hit two straight shots the Rockets called timeout with 4:36 to go, up just 7.
But Francis hit a three, and if that wasn't cold-blooded enough, Mobley nailed a long jumper less than a minute later and with just over 3 minutes to go, the Rockets led 105-93.
The refs seemed to make an effort to let Golden State back in it, calling an inbounds violation on the Rockets, giving the Warriors the ball, then calling a total joke of an anticipation call against Kenny Thomas on a Bobby Sura jumper... but Francis responded by nailing a dagger of a three with 52.7 seconds left, making it 112-100, and this one was in the books.