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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 28 17 24 20 89 LA LAKERS 23 31 27 27 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 17, ISAIAH RIDER 15, JIMMY JACKSON 14 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 38, ROBERT HORRY 22, KOBE BRYANT 15

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 10, WALT WILLIAMS 5 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, DEREK HARPER 5

ATT: 17,505


Extended Box

PORTLAND (89) AT LA LAKERS (108)

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

AUGMON F 19 0-2 2-4 1 2 3 3 0 2 1 2 B GRANT F 29 3-4 2-4 4 6 10 2 5 0 2 8 SABONIS C 21 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 2 8 RIDER G 28 4-16 6-7 1 3 4 2 1 1 3 15 STOUDAMIRE G 30 6-15 2-4 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 17 ANTHONY 21 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 6 CATO 7 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 2 G GRANT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JACKSON 23 5-11 1-3 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 14 ONEAL 7 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 WALLACE 32 4-10 2-3 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 11 WILLIAMS 21 1-3 3-3 1 4 5 3 2 2 1 5

TOTALS 240 30-75 21-32 11 26 37 18 21 9 18 89 (.400) (.656) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 20(33 PTS)

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

REID F 25 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 3 5 1 0 5 RICE F 34 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 6 1 3 9 ONEAL C 39 12-19 14-17 3 9 12 2 0 2 1 38 BRYANT G 38 5-11 5-6 0 6 6 7 2 2 6 15 FISHER G 29 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 4 2 5 FOX 22 2-5 1-1 1 5 6 3 3 2 2 6 HARPER 17 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 6 HORRY 27 8-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 22 KNIGHT 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 LUE 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 PATTERSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-70 23-28 4 28 32 29 27 14 16 108 (.529) (.821) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(25 PTS)

PORTLAND 28 17 24 20 - 89 LA LAKERS 23 31 27 27 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, CATO. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 3, BRYANT 2, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 8-19 (.421), SABONIS 0-1, RIDER 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 3-7, ANTHONY 0-1, JACKSON 3-6, WALLACE 1-1. LA LAKERS 11-23 (.478), RICE 1-4, BRYANT 0-2, FISHER 1-4, FOX 1-2, HARPER 2-3, HORRY 6-8. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - FOX, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD. A - 17,505. T - 2:18.


Box Score

PORTLAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 19 0-2 2-4 1-3 3 0 2 B Grant 29 3-4 2-4 4-10 2 5 8 Sabonis 21 4-8 0-0 1-4 0 2 8 Rider 28 4-16 6-7 1-4 2 1 15 Stoudamire 30 6-15 2-4 1-2 3 1 17 Anthony 21 3-6 0-0 0-1 3 1 6 Cato 7 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 1 2 G Grant 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson 23 5-11 1-3 0-0 1 0 14 Oneal 7 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 4 1 Wallace 32 4-10 2-3 0-4 1 4 11 Williams 21 1-3 3-3 1-5 3 2 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 21-32 11-37 18 21 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Sabonis 0-1, Rider 1-3, Stoudamire 3-7, Anthony 0-1, Jackson 3-6, Wallace 1-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 2 (Wallace, Cato). Turnovers: 20 (Rider 3, Anthony 2, B Grant 2, Jackson 2, Sabonis 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, Augmon, Cato, Williams). Steals: 9 (Augmon 2, Williams 2, Cato, Jackson, Rider, Sabonis, Stoudamire).

LA LAKERS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 25 1-3 3-4 0-3 3 5 5 Rice 34 4-8 0-0 0-2 4 6 9 Oneal 39 12-19 14-17 3-12 2 0 38 Bryant 38 5-11 5-6 0-6 7 2 15 Fisher 29 2-6 0-0 0-2 3 4 5 Fox 22 2-5 1-1 1-6 3 3 6 Harper 17 2-4 0-0 0-0 5 1 6 Horry 27 8-11 0-0 0-1 2 2 22 Knight 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Lue 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Patterson 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-70 23-28 4-32 29 27 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Rice 1-4, Bryant 0-2, Fisher 1-4, Fox 1-2, Harper 2-3, Horry 6-8). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Horry). Turnovers: 16 (Bryant 6, Rice 3, Fisher 2, Fox 2, Horry, Knight, Oneal). Steals: 14 (Fisher 4, Bryant 2, Fox 2, Oneal 2, Harper, Knight, Reid, Rice). ____________________________________________ Portland 28 17 24 20 - 89 La Lakers 23 31 27 27 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Fox, 9:13 4th; Illegal Defense, 6:14 4th). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 9:38 4th). A: 17,505. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Luis Grillo, Leon Wood.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- The inside-outside attack of Shaquille O'Neal and Robert Horry was too much for the Portland Trail Blazers.

O'Neal matched a season high with 38 points and Horry scored 18 of his season-high 22 on 3-pointers as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 108-89 victory over the Trail Blazers.

Matched up against the bigger but slower Arvydas Sabonis, the 7-2, 315-pound O'Neal had his way inside, making 12-of-19 shots, many of them dunks. He was even better from the foul line as the 53 percent shooter knocked down 14-of-17 free throws.

"We just got tired of losing," O'Neal said. "It was time to take a stand. We had two good days of practice and that showed tonight. ... Guys did a good job of looking at me tonight and I did what I do best."

Horry was 6-of-8 from 3-point range. He made three long-range shots in the final six minutes of the third quarter to extend the lead to 19 points, then scored five straight points early in the fourth period after the Trail Blazers cut the deficit to single digits.

"First one felt good, the second one felt even better, the third one from way downtown felt even better than that," said Horry, who was 8-of-11 overall. "I just decided to look for my shot tonight."

"That's the type of night it was for them," Portland guard Isaiah Rider said. "Everything was going their way. How many of you expect Horry to hit all those 3s, too?"

Kobe Bryant added 15 points for the Lakers (28-19), who pulled within one-half game of fourth-place Houston in the Western Conference. The Nos. 4 and 5 seeds meet in the first round, with the fourth seed holding home-court advantage.

"Whether we have the home-court advantage over Houston or not, it doesn't matter," Lakers coach Kurt Rambis said. "If we're playing good, we're going to be OK. If we're not playing good, it doesn't really matter."

"You are never dead," Horry said. "We came out of the six spot and won the championship (in Houston in 1995). We still have plenty of time as long as we keep faith in ourselves. We have a whole lot of talent, we just need to mesh it together."

Los Angeles shot 53 percent (37-of-70) from the field, including 11-of-23 from behind the arc.

Damon Stoudamire scored 17 points for the Blazers (34-12), who already have clinched the Pacific Division but fell one-half game behind the Utah Jazz (35-12) for the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Portland had won its last three games by a combined 67 points.

Portland led 28-23 after one quarter and a 3-pointer by Jimmy Jackson extended the advantage to 31-24 in the opening minute of the second.

But the Lakers responded with a 15-4 burst. O'Neal triggered it with a three-point play and dunk and capped it at 39-35 with a layup with 7:28 to go. Horry contributed two 3-pointers.

"I thought in the first half we went through stretches where we didn't match how physical the game was and we settled for jump shots," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We turned the ball over offensively. We let them get out and get easy baskets. That gave them a lot of confidence."

O'Neal had a pair of dunks late in the first half, which ended with Los Angeles holding a 54-45 lead. The lead was 13 points when Horry began his 3-point barrage midway through the third quarter. His third long-range shot of the period provided an 81-62 lead with 1:23 left.

Portland scored the last seven points of the quarter and a three-point play by Rasheed Wallace opened the final period and pulled the Blazers within 81-72. Horry answered with a jumper and three-point play and the Lakers never were threatened again, opening a 24-point lead down the stretch.

O'Neal grabbed 12 rebounds and Bryant handed out seven assists for the Lakers, who made 23-of-28 free throws and forced 20 turnovers, leading to 33 points.

"I know what this team's capable of doing," Rambis said. "I know they're capable of doing all the things we ask them to do. It's just a matter of getting their mind-set together."

Rider scored 15 points and Jackson 14 for the Blazers, who shot 40 percent (30-of-75) and held a 37-32 rebounding advantage. Portland's starting front line of Sabonis, Brian Grant and Stacey Augmon combined for only 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

"They just had a good night," Rider said. "They're capable of playing good basketball, but they haven't played that well in a while. ... We lost to an L.A. team that shouldn't beat us. They're not the Laker team of old."

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