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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 29 22 24 17 92 PORTLAND 31 22 21 29 103 FINAL


LA CLIPPERS (92) AT PORTLAND (103)

LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MURRAY F 37 5-10 4-5 3 0 3 0 2 5 1 14 ROGERS F 36 5-14 1-4 2 4 6 0 1 0 1 13 AUSTIN C 38 8-18 2-4 5 4 9 4 4 1 3 18 PIATKOWSKI G 37 5-10 2-2 3 1 4 3 4 3 0 16 MARTIN G 31 5-12 2-2 0 0 0 6 3 0 1 16 WRIGHT 17 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 3 1 TAYLOR 19 2-4 2-2 2 1 3 1 4 0 2 6 RICHARDSON 17 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 5 SMITH 8 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION VRANKOVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 33-79 14-21 16 14 30 17 22 10 13 92 (.418) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

PORTLAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

AUGMON F 33 5-8 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 2 1 12 WALLACE F 39 4-8 4-4 2 4 6 2 2 0 3 12 SABONIS C 39 11-17 6-6 5 10 15 0 5 0 1 28 RIDER G 45 11-22 3-3 0 3 3 6 2 0 2 26 BRUNSON G 31 1-6 1-2 1 0 1 9 2 0 2 4 B GRANT 22 3-9 5-6 5 6 11 0 1 2 1 11 G GRANT 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 WILLIAMS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 ONEAL 8 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 4 CROTTY 12 1-1 4-4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 CATO DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 25-27 14 27 41 23 20 6 13 103 (.514) (.926) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 29 22 24 17 - 92 PORTLAND 31 22 21 29 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - ROGERS, AUSTIN. PORTLAND - AUGMON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 12-30 (.400), MURRAY 0-3, ROGERS 2-5, AUSTIN 0-1, PIATKOWSKI 4-8, MARTIN 4-8, RICHARDSON 1-3, SMITH 1-2. PORTLAND 2-11 (.182), RIDER 1-6, BRUNSON 1-5. TECHNICALS: LA CLIPPERS - TAYLOR. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LUIS GRILLO, RODDY MOTT. A - 19,712. T - 2:08.


LA CLIPPERS (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Murray 37 5-10 4-5 3-3 0 2 14 Rogers 36 5-14 1-4 2-6 0 1 13 Austin 38 8-18 2-4 5-9 4 4 18 Piatkowski 37 5-10 2-2 3-4 3 4 16 Martin 31 5-12 2-2 0-0 6 3 16 Wright 17 0-3 1-2 1-4 0 1 1 Taylor 19 2-4 2-2 2-3 1 4 6 Richardson 17 2-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 5 Smith 8 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Closs DNP - coach's decision Vrankovic DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - not with team - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 14-21 16-30 17 22 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 12-30, .400 (Murray 0-3, Rogers 2-5, Austin 0-1, Piatkowski 4-8, Martin 4-8, Richardson 1-3, Smith 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Rogers, Austin). Turnovers: 14 (Austin 3, Wright 3, Taylor 2, Martin, Murray, Richardson, Rogers, Smith). Steals: 10 (Murray 5, Piatkowski 3, Austin, Richardson).

PORTLAND (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 33 5-8 2-2 1-3 2 3 12 Wallace 39 4-8 4-4 2-6 2 2 12 Sabonis 39 11-17 6-6 5-15 0 5 28 Rider 45 11-22 3-3 0-3 6 2 26 Brunson 31 1-6 1-2 1-1 9 2 4 B Grant 22 3-9 5-6 5-11 0 1 11 G Grant 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Williams 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Oneal 8 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 4 4 Crotty 12 1-1 4-4 0-0 1 0 6 Cato DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 25-27 14-41 23 20 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.926. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Rider 1-6, Brunson 1-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Augmon). Turnovers: 15 (Wallace 3, Brunson 2, Rider 2, Augmon, B Grant, Crotty, G Grant, Sabonis, Williams). Steals: 6 (Augmon 2, B Grant 2, G Grant, Williams). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 29 22 24 17 - 92 Portland 31 22 21 29 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Clippers 1 (Taylor, 7:01 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,712. T: 2:08. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Luis Grillo, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Arvydas Sabonis had another monster game with 28 points and 15 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers avoided a second straight embarrassing defeat with a 103-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Isaiah Rider scored 26 points for the Trail Blazers, including the final five in a 9-3 surge to open the fourth quarter that gave Portland the lead for good. Stacey Augmon chipped in with 12 points as Portland bounced back from Saturday's shocking loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Sabonis is averaging 24 points and 14.6 rebounds over his last five games.

"Being as old as I am, I saw him when he was a kid," Los Angeles coach Bill Fitch said. "It's just unbelievable that he's still playing on one leg. Even so, he's still better than most centers in this league. I compare his ability to see a way and make passes with that of Larry Bird. He takes a picture and if a guy is anywhere in that area, he gets the ball to him. He still has the great, great hands and great hand-eye coordination and yet he's still just a shadow of what he was."

Isaac Austin collected 18 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost 11 straight games in Portland, dating back to February 14th, 1993. They have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 15 meetings with the Blazers.

"I was pleaesed with our performance throughout," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "But I was especially happy with our second-half execution and the way we defended them."

Los Angeles brought a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Brian Grant sank a pair of free throws to give Portland a 76-75 lead. Darrick Martin answered with a three-pointer to give the Clippers their last lead before Rasheed Wallace tied it up with two foul shots.

Rider converted a three-point play at the 9:51 mark to give Portland the lead for good and followed with a jumper with 8:42 to play, capping the run and supplying the Blazers with an 83-78 advantage.

"Today is a better day for me," Rider said. "I was in focus. We took the Denver game yesterday for granted. But we've been struggling the last 10 or 12 games but I think we are going to straighten it out."

Los Angeles got within 90-88 after Austin's dunk with 3:38 to go. But Sabonis sandwiched a pair of layups around a free throw by Austin to push the lead to 94-89 with 2:30 left. After a layup by Grant, Pooh Richardson nailed a three-pointer to slice the deficit to 96-92 with 69 seconds remaining. However, Portland scored the final seven points, three of which came from John Crotty, playing in his first game since being activated from the injured list.

"I didn't like the last seven possessions we had," Fitch said. "We scored only once out of our last seven possessions. We were fouling and they got to the free throw line, but they scored on seven straight possessions. It was a good ballgame, we just didn't have the poise that you have to have on the road."

Rider and Sabonis had 10 points apiece in the first quarter, helping Portland open a 31-29 lead. The Clippers were within two points at the half before Martin scored eight points in the third period, including a three-pointer with 17 seconds left that gave Los Angeles a 75-74 lead entering the final quarter.

Wallace had 12 points and Grant added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 51 percent (38-of-74) from the field and held a 41-30 rebounding advantage.

Eric Piatkowski and Martin finished with 16 points apiece for the Clippers, who shot 42 percent (33-of-79) and scored 60 less points than they did in their last outing, a victory over Toronto on Friday. Lamond Murray added 14 points and Rodney Rogers chipped in 13.

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