TORONTO (AP) -- Hakeem Olajuwon said it was strange. Rudy
Tomjanovich called it "eerie."
Olajuwon, who helped the Rockets to two NBA championships in 17
seasons, wasn't a factor -- Vince Carter led the way with 29 points
-- but he sure had a memorable night.
"It was very strange to be on the other side," Olajuwon said.
"I was talking to the guys throughout the game, but at the same
time I had to be serious. It was a different game."
Tomjanovich said it was "eerie" watching Olajuwon play for the
"I never thought it would happen," he said. "Never."
The Raptors led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter
after Carter made a layup, but Houston narrowed the lead to one as
Norris converted a 3-point play, Eddie Griffin made consecutive
3-pointers and Norris made a jumper to make it 100-99 with 1:53
Antonio Davis followed with two free throws with 1:30 left,
giving Toronto a 3-point lead. After Norris missed a layup, Jerome Williams made two free throws to make it a five-point game with 29
Griffen followed with another 3-pointer, but Alvin Williams made
two free throws to make it a four-point game.
Houston's Oscar Torres made one of two free throws to cut the
lead to three, but Carter made one of two with 10 seconds left, and
Norris missed another jumper.
"We had our key guy out, but the rest of the guys stepped up,"
Mobley added 22 points, and Kenny Thomas had 20 for the Rockets,
who have lost four straight road games.
The Raptors, with Olajuwon on the bench, went on a 19-4 run in
the second quarter as Jerome Williams scored eight points. Keon
Clark's layup gave Toronto a 15-point lead.
Olajuwon is the Rockets' all-time leader in points, rebounds,
games, steals and blocked shots.
"I was happy to see them," Olajuwon said of his former
teammates. "I think they played very well. They can be proud of
the way they played."
Olajuwon played just two minutes in the fourth. ... Raptors
assistant coach Stan Albeck, who had a stroke last month, was
discharged from the hospital and admitted to a rehab center on
Wednesday. ... Toronto outscored Houston 48-28 in the paint ...
Houston's Walt Williams left the game in the third quarter with a
sprained right ankle. He didn't return. ... Olajuwon signed a
three-year, $17 million pact with the Raptors last August. ... The
Rockets made 12 3-pointers.