When Steve Francis Almost Ended Troy Hudson’s Career While Having A Career Night Of His Own
On March 23rd of 2000, every single Houston Rocket fan watching their local team play the young knucklehead Clippers had tears of joy running down their cheeks as they watched a rookie Steve Francis destroy the Clips. The eventual Rookie of the Year poured in a then career-high 34 points on 13 of 19 shooting (perfect three for three from three) to go with a career-high 14 assists, 9 boards and 3 steals. You might be thinking it’s a shame he missed a triple-double but what’s a real shame is he had 7 of those boards in the opening quarter (along with 11 points and 4 assists).
What makes this performance worthy of a throwback almost two decades later is how he played around with the defense. His tech for handing the ball to Lamar Odom after dunking by him is worthy of an honorable mention but the play of the game is what he did to Troy Hudson during the baller/rapper’s five limited minutes (watch the video above).
Although Francis had all of the tools to be a top scorer in the league, he was always willing to share the ball and rarely scored in the mid to high 30s; his first 40-point game wasn’t until three seasons later when he dropped 44 and 11 in a win over the Shaq and Kobe dynasty Lakers.
Back to Troy Hudson, he and his ankles obviously survived and in 2003, as a member of the TWolves, he had his best statistical season and a memorable playoff series against the same Shaq and Kobe dynasty Lakers.
I know you came here for Francis highlights so here’s a cool feature on Francis from the NBA Anklebreakers Vol.1 DVD.