Mobley scored 12 of his 19 points in the final period, and the Houston Rockets, who never trailed after the opening minutes, cruised by the Cavaliers 97-80 Tuesday night.
The fading Cavaliers had only 19 fourth-quarter points as Mobley took charge of the game.
"I was only taking shots if somebody kicked it out to me,'' Mobley said. "I didn't have to force it. This is no disrespect to Cleveland, but if you are a good team, we know we're supposed to beat them. We tried to smack them out from the beginning.''
"They were more aggressive,'' Ilgauskas said. "We got it close but then they hustled and wanted it more than we did. They outhustled us on the glass. They boxed out and got a lot of long rebounds. Sometimes those things happen.''
Cleveland's only lead was 6-4, and the Rockets quickly took control.
"Cuttino Mobley got a little hot at the end of the third and in the fourth quarter and I thought we lost our concentration,'' Davis said. "They are a good team. We've got to make them move the ball around to someone when they don't want to.''
Yao Ming, who had a career-high 20 points in a 93-89 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, had nine points and six rebounds. Entering the game, he had hit 17 of his last 18 shots, including a 9-for-9 performance against the Lakers.
He was 4-for-5 against Cleveland.
The Rockets built a 13-point lead in the second quarter, but the Cavaliers cut it to 45-38 at halftime and they kept creeping up in the third quarter. They got within two points twice, the last time with 1:41 to go in the quarter on a basket by Davis.
Jason Collier started at center for the Rockets in place of Kelvin Cato, who has missed several days of practice attending his grandmother's funeral.
"I liked the way we ran and got easy baskets and hit the
boards,'' Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I think Jason did
a great job of setting the tone tonight. He was running up and down
the court and helping us get good shots.''
Collier had 11 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.
Kenny Thomas made two free throws, Francis twisted through the
lane for a layup and Maurice Taylor hit a jumper to put the Rockets
ahead 69-63 at the end of the third quarter.
Mobley helped the Rockets keep the Cavaliers at bay with his
The Rockets spurted to a 23-11 lead in the first quarter and
were up by 39-26 with 5:42 left in the second quarter when
Ilgauskas led the Cavaliers on a 12-6 run that got them within
45-38 at halftime.
Ilgauskas hit four of Cleveland's final six shots in the second
quarter to help trim Houston's lead. The 7-foot-3 center had 13
points in the first half.
The Rockets have a 38-11 record against the Cavaliers at home. ... Griffin is the first rookie to lead the Rockets in blocked shots since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984-85. Griffin is 13th in the NBA with 1.84 blocks per game. ... Francis and Mobley are the NBA's second-highest-scoring backcourt tandem, averaging a combined 47.2 points per game. ... Cavs coach John Lucas was the first-round draft pick of the Rockets in 1976 and played five seasons in Houston.