Mobley scores 31 as Rockets beat Hornets

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2004

HOUSTON Cuttino Mobley scored 31 points and equaled a season high with six 3-pointers as the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-86 for their fourth straight victory Thursday night.

With the Rockets leading 23-21 early in the second quarter, Mobley scored 13 straight Rockets points as part of a 17-4 surge that put Houston in control.

Yao Ming had four points, a blocked shot and two fouls in the first five minutes of the game. He sat out the rest of the opening period and New Orleans outscored Houston 8-4 over the closing minutes for a 21-21 tie. Yao finished with 17 points and five fouls.

Webber had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his first game against Dallas since hurting his knee against the Mavericks during last year's playoffs, and Sacramento beat Dallas for the first time in three meetings this season.

Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points, Doug Christie added 22 and 12 assists, and Mike Bibby had 21 points and 10 assists as the Kings improved to 48-16 and moved into a tie with Indiana for the NBA's best record. Sacramento, 29-5 at home, also got 21 points and 16 rebounds from Brad Miller. The Kings' 39 assists tied their season-high.

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