OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 27 (Ticker) -- The Houston Rockets continue to own the Golden State Warriors at the Arena in Oakland.

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Kelvin Cato contributed season highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Francis added 14, nine and seven assists as the Rockets defeated the Warriors for the 14th straight meeting in Oakland, 91-84.

"Cato was phenomenal," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, whose team improved to 8-6, including 1-2 on their five-game road trip. "He gave us a real big lift with his energy and rebounding. He was just what the doctor ordered. He just did everything well tonight to help us get this important win. This win helps us keep our heads above water."

"I'm out there playing hard and if the opportunity presents itself like where I was getting good passes where I could finish, good plays where they were going toward the basket, I'm going to try to finish them," said Cato, who made 9-of-11 shots. "I mean, in the past, I've been missing shots like that - today I just made them. I'm listening to guys on the team, like Glen (Rice), Mo (Taylor) and Kenny (Thomas), who are telling me to look for my shot as well as keep playing hard."

Rice scored 15 points and rookie Yao Ming added 14 in 17 minutes for Houston, which has won 19 of 20 road matchups with Golden State and 33 of 39 overall.

"I think I could have played better defensively," Yao, who had just three rebounds, said through an interpreter. "I don't want to be just an offensive player. I want to be responsible for my defensive role, too. I don't think I have that much experience yet."

"He made a couple of nice moves tonight, and got a couple of easy baskets," Warriors center Erick Dampier said of Yao. "He's a talented young player, and if he works at it he'll be pretty good. He played good enough for them to win tonight."

Gilbert Arenas scored 20 points, Jason Richardson added 17, Antawn Jamison 15 and 10 rebounds and Troy Murphy 12 and 13 for Golden State, which shot just 33 percent (30-of-91) from the field.

"We just weren't hitting our shots tonight," said Richardson, who made only 7-of-21 attempts. "When we went to the basket, there were a few times when we didn't get the call. You're not always going to get the call, though, and you need to be able to play through that."

"I was fairly happy with our shot selection tonight," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "I just thought we came out a little passive. Shooting 33 percent is certainly indicative of that."

The Rockets led, 67-58, entering the fourth quarter before the Warriors climbed within 72-69 on a 3-pointer by Arenas with 5:31 to play.

But Moochie Norris countered with a jumper and Francis added a pair of free throws and a reverse layup after stopping to pick up his mouth guard, before delivering a spectacular crossover dribble that froze rookie Mike Dunleavy. The Warriors got no closer than seven points thereafter.

"We had good looks at the basket and they're just not falling for us right now," Arenas said. "We had four days to rest our bodies and we couldn't get it done tonight. Apparently we just weren't ready to play."

Houston took the lead for good, 20-18, on a turnaround jumper by Cato 1:03 into the second quarter. The Rockets led, 41-40, at halftime before extending their advantage to nine points entering the fourth quarter.

The crowd of 18,401 was the Warriors' largest all season, largely due to the presence of Yao, who made an announcement on the Jumbotron in Mandarin between the first and second quarters advertising his second game against the Warriors later in the season.

"Yao is a big-time player and a huge factor both offensively and defensively, but Cato was extremely effective," Musselman said. "We didn't play very good weak-side defense and he drove to the basket."

"It was just the great passing by my point guards and everybody on the team," Cato said. "It had nothing to do with me. I'm in the right place at the right time and it's basketball. It wasn't anything they weren't doing out there defensively. Their goal was to try to stop Steve and they did a good job of that and other people had to step up."