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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 20 31 22 29 102 DALLAS 14 29 29 22 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - GREG ANTHONY 23, ARVYDAS SABONIS 22, BRIAN GRANT 14 DAL - GARY TRENT 24, MICHAEL FINLEY 24, DIRK NOWITZKI 17

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 9, ISAIAH RIDER 7 DAL - GARY TRENT 10, MICHAEL FINLEY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, BRIAN GRANT 4 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, STEVE NASH 4

ATT: 13,358


Extended Box

PORTLAND (102) AT DALLAS (94)

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

GRANT F 41 6-11 2-2 4 5 9 4 3 1 0 14 WALLACE F 27 2-6 2-2 4 2 6 1 5 1 0 6 SABONIS C 32 11-16 0-0 1 5 6 2 4 0 5 22 RIDER G 28 6-12 0-1 2 5 7 1 2 1 1 12 STOUDAMIRE G 28 3-10 0-0 0 1 1 5 0 2 2 6 ANTHONY 20 6-9 7-8 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 23 CATO 17 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 6 JACKSON 24 3-4 1-2 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 7 WILLIAMS 23 1-6 4-4 1 4 5 0 1 1 2 6 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-79 16-19 15 28 43 16 20 8 13 102 (.519) (.842) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

NOWITZKI F 40 6-11 3-5 1 2 3 2 4 2 5 17 TRENT F 44 9-22 6-9 4 6 10 3 5 1 2 24 BRADLEY C 24 1-7 0-0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 FINLEY G 48 8-16 7-8 1 6 7 5 1 0 3 24 NASH G 33 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 2 3 9 ANSTEY 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 DAVIS 29 4-8 1-1 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 13 GREEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WALKER 10 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 20-27 9 21 30 14 19 5 16 94 (.458) (.741) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(27 PTS)

PORTLAND 20 31 22 29 - 102 DALLAS 14 29 29 22 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - GRANT 3, SABONIS 2, CATO 2, WALLACE, WILLIAMS, RIDER. DALLAS - WALKER 2, NOWITZKI, DAVIS, ANSTEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-9 (.444), RIDER 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 4-6, JACKSON 0-1. DALLAS 8-17 (.471), NOWITZKI 2-5, BRADLEY 0-1, FINLEY 1-4, NASH 1-1, DAVIS 4-6. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WALLACE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 13,358. T - 2:11.


Box Score

PORTLAND (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 41 6-11 2-2 4-9 4 3 14 Wallace 27 2-6 2-2 4-6 1 5 6 Sabonis 32 11-16 0-0 1-6 2 4 22 Rider 28 6-12 0-1 2-7 1 2 12 Stoudamire 28 3-10 0-0 0-1 5 0 6 Anthony 20 6-9 7-8 1-2 1 1 23 Cato 17 3-5 0-0 1-3 0 3 6 Jackson 24 3-4 1-2 1-4 2 1 7 Williams 23 1-6 4-4 1-5 0 1 6 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - coach's decision Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 16-19 15-43 16 20 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Rider 0-1, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 4-6, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 10 (Grant 3, Sabonis 2, Cato 2, Wallace, Williams, Rider). Turnovers: 14 (Sabonis 5, Anthony 3, Stoudamire 2, Williams 2, Rider). Steals: 8 (Stoudamire 2, Anthony, Cato, Grant, Rider, Wallace, Williams).

DALLAS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 40 6-11 3-5 1-3 2 4 17 Trent 44 9-22 6-9 4-10 3 5 24 Bradley 24 1-7 0-0 3-6 0 0 2 Finley 48 8-16 7-8 1-7 5 1 24 Nash 33 4-5 0-0 0-2 4 2 9 Anstey 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Davis 29 4-8 1-1 0-1 0 4 13 Green 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Walker 10 0-0 3-4 0-1 0 1 3 Strickland DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 20-27 9-30 14 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Nowitzki 2-5, Bradley 0-1, Finley 1-4, Nash 1-1, Davis 4-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Walker 2, Nowitzki, Davis, Anstey). Turnovers: 16 (Nowitzki 5, Finley 3, Nash 3, Trent 2, Anstey, Davis, Walker). Steals: 5 (Nash 2, Nowitzki 2, Trent). ____________________________________________ Portland 20 31 22 29 - 102 Dallas 14 29 29 22 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Illegal Defense, 9:25 1st; Wallace 2 (ejected), 3:22 1st, 7:56 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,358. T: 2:11. Officials: Derrick Stafford, George Toliver, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Greg Anthony scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including all four of his 3-pointers, as the Portland Trail Blazers found a new hero and pulled out a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Anthony hit only 1-of-3 shots in eight minutes during the first three quarters before exploding for Portland, which blew a 12-point lead in the second half before notching its seventh straight win over Dallas.

Anthony's turnover led to Michael Finley's layup, which pulled Dallas within 83-82 with 6:14 to play. The reserve guard quickly atoned by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, which capped a decisive 10-2 run.

"We had to win the game. We all know that," Anthony said. "It's not a matter of having to step it up or anything, it's a matter of us just doing what it takes to win."

Anthony later answered a 3-pointer by Hubert Davis with one of his own, giving Portland a 92-86 advantage with 2:56 to go. After two foul shots by Finley, Anthony hit again from beyond the arc.

He added three free throws in the final minute, surpassing his previous season best by six points. Anthony, who came into the game averaging just 6.0 points, finished 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 at the line.

The Blazers were coming off back-to-back road losses and had dropped four of their last six games overall. They remained 1 1/2 games back of the Utah Jazz for the league's best record.

"That's the first time we lost two in a row. We were down, then we got down by one tonight," said Blazers forward Brian Grant. "We got one person to stand up, Greg Anthony. We need someone to do that."

Gary Trent helped Dallas make a run in the third quarter when he collected 15 of his 24 points. Michael Finley also scored 24 points but was unable to prevent Dallas from suffering its fifth loss in seven games.

Anthony led a huge effort from the Blazers' bench, which scored 25 of the team's 29 points in the final period. They outscored the Mavs' reserves, 42-18.

"Our second unit just got on a roll, particularly Greg Anthony," said Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy. "It was a big win for us since we lost a couple of games in a row."

"They have a lot of talent. Their second unit could compete in this league," said Mavericks coach Don Nelson.

Arvydas Sabonis led Portland's starters with 22 points, including 12 in the third. But his performance that period was easily outshined by Trent.

The Blazers matched their largest lead at 71-59 on a hook shot by Sabonis with 3:34 left in the third period. The Mavericks suddenly stormed back with a quarter-closing 13-2 burst. Trent buried a 17-footer before hitting a layup to close the run with 1.9 seconds left.

Finley gave Dallas its first lead of the game, 74-73, with two free throws to open the fourth quarter. A foul shot by Trent with 7:56 to play had the Mavs in front, 80-79, but reserve Walt Williams answered with a pair from the line to trigger the pivotal run and put Portland ahead to stay.

The Blazers increased their lead in the Pacific Division to 5 1/2 games over the Lakers.

"It's no secret, we're trying to obtain the best record in the league," Anthony added. "That has to be in the back of your mind and these games have to take on a sense of urgency for us."

A hook shot and layup by Sabonis and Damon Stoudamire's driving lay-in gave Portland an early 16-8 lead. Dallas faced a 20-14 deficit after one quarter but opened the second with an 8-2 spurt, capped by Hubert Davis' 3-pointer that tied the game.

With a 32-30 advantage midway through the period, the Blazers reeled off a 10-1 run. Grant's two free throws made it 42-31 with four minutes left before halftime. Portland held a 51-43 lead at intermission.

Grant had 14 points and nine rebounds, leading the Blazers to a 43-30 edge on the boards and helping them to a 52-28 advantage in points in the paint. Sabonis hit 11-of-16 from the floor and the Blazers finished at 52 percent (41-of-79).

Rookie Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points but went scoreless in the fourth quarter and committed five of the Mavs' 16 turnovers, which led to 29 points for the Blazers. Dallas scored just 13 points off 14 Portland turnovers.

"Tonight in the fourth quarter, I was a little tired. I'm disappointed, but I'm getting better," said Nowitzki. "We are playing a lot better. When we come out with a great effort at home, we can beat anybody."

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