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Bullets Can't Dent Rockets In The Final Countdown
20 March 1997. Houston Rockets 96, Washington Bullets 90 (record: 32-35)
Game leaders: Strickland (21 points), Webber (10 rebounds), Strickland (10 assists)
It was a tough game for the Bullets. They led 86-85 with 5:47 left, and tied the game at 90 with 2:01 to go. But the Rockets toughened up their defense, generated a steal and easy lay-up, then finished the Bullets off down the stretch. With this ended the Bullets' chance of sweeping the Texas Triangle tour.
One key area where the Bullets lost this game was in outside shooting. While they made only 2 of 12 three-pointers, the Rockets made 10 of 18. The Rockets got too many easy looks from the outside.
The Bullets gathered 16 offensive rebounds on the night, but the second-chance opportunities were not enough. Especially with Tracy Murray shooting 1 of 8 against his former team, and Chris Webber shooting 6 of 19 (although he hit the Bullets' only 2 three-pointers on the night).
Hopefully, the Bullets can take this game and learn from it. They hung tough with an elite team, but came up short in the end. Next up - the hot Portland Trailblazers, who have won 11 straight.
wtf 25 March 1997
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