DENVER, Nov. 1 (Ticker) --
In danger of losing to the Denver Nuggets,
the Houston Rockets put up their guards.
and Cuttino Mobley
took over down the stretch as
the Rockets used a late surge to pull away for an 83-74 victory
over the Nuggets.
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With three injured forwards in Glen Rice
, Kenny Thomas
and the inexperienced Eddie Griffin
and Yao Ming
manning the front line, the Rockets heavily rely on Francis and
Mobley, who can break down defenses with dribble penetration.
The duo combined for 50 shots and 61 points in Wednesday's loss
at Indiana and took over the offense again Friday, combining for
14 of Houston's last 17 points.
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Coming off a career-high 39-point performance, Francis had 21
points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Mobley scored 29 points,
playing all but one minute.
In the final five minutes, Francis and Mobley took advantage of
Nuggets playmakers Chris Whitney and Kenny Satterfield.
Whitney, a career backup acquired last week, twice was beaten to
loose balls by Francis. Satterfield, a second-year player,
committed a bad foul and missed a dunk.