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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 21 27 19 24 91 LA LAKERS 34 21 39 25 119 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 23, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 13, BONZI WELLS 12 LAL - GLEN RICE 40, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 18, RICK FOX 13

HIGH REBOUND: POR - JERMAINE ONEAL 8, KELVIN CATO 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 9, RICK FOX 6

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 LAL - DEREK FISHER 8, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5

ATT: 17,505


Extended Box

PORTLAND (91) AT LA LAKERS (119)

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

AUGMON F 14 0-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 B GRANT F 16 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 3 8 SABONIS C 9 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 RIDER G 26 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 5 STOUDAMIRE G 29 5-14 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 1 2 13 ANTHONY 19 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 5 CATO 30 1-5 0-0 3 5 8 1 3 2 0 2 JACKSON 24 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 4 3 2 3 3 ONEAL 15 4-6 1-4 5 3 8 4 4 1 0 9 WALLACE 25 10-16 3-5 0 2 2 2 4 0 0 23 WELLS 12 3-5 5-10 1 3 4 1 4 0 2 12 WILLIAMS 21 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 9

TOTALS 240 37-86 11-21 11 27 38 24 31 6 14 91 (.430) (.524) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(3 PTS)

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

REID F 26 0-4 2-2 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 2 RICE F 38 14-20 4-4 0 5 5 3 2 0 0 40 ONEAL C 32 5-13 8-11 3 6 9 5 2 0 2 18 BRYANT G 22 4-5 3-5 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 11 FISHER G 24 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 8 2 0 1 8 FOX 26 4-10 4-6 0 6 6 3 1 0 5 13 HARPER 24 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 2 2 8 HORRY 24 2-3 1-2 2 3 5 3 3 3 2 5 KNIGHT 8 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 LUE 5 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 PATTERSON 5 2-5 2-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 7 ROOKS 6 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4

TOTALS 240 40-78 25-34 11 32 43 30 21 5 15 119 (.513) (.735) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

PORTLAND 21 27 19 24 - 91 LA LAKERS 34 21 39 25 - 119

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - CATO 4, WILLIAMS, WELLS, SABONIS. LA LAKERS - ONEAL, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 6-17 (.353), RIDER 1-1, STOUDAMIRE 1-6, ANTHONY 1-4, JACKSON 1-3, WELLS 1-2, WILLIAMS 1-1. LA LAKERS 14-24 (.583), RICE 8-10, FISHER 2-4, FOX 1-4, HARPER 2-4, PATTERSON 1-1, ROOKS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, HUE HOLLINS, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 17,505. T - 2:23.


Box Score

PORTLAND (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 14 0-5 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 B Grant 16 4-8 0-0 0-1 0 2 8 Sabonis 9 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Rider 26 2-7 0-0 0-3 1 1 5 Stoudamire 29 5-14 2-2 0-2 4 2 13 Anthony 19 2-8 0-0 0-0 3 3 5 Cato 30 1-5 0-0 3-8 1 3 2 Jackson 24 1-4 0-0 0-5 4 3 3 Oneal 15 4-6 1-4 5-8 4 4 9 Wallace 25 10-16 3-5 0-2 2 4 23 Wells 12 3-5 5-10 1-4 1 4 12 Williams 21 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 9 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 11-21 11-38 24 31 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.524. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Rider 1-1, Stoudamire 1-6, Anthony 1-4, Jackson 1-3, Wells 1-2, Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Cato 4, Williams, Wells, Sabonis). Turnovers: 14 (B Grant 3, Jackson 3, Anthony 2, Stoudamire 2, Wells 2, Williams 2). Steals: 6 (Cato 2, Jackson 2, Oneal, Stoudamire).

LA LAKERS (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 26 0-4 2-2 2-5 2 2 2 Rice 38 14-20 4-4 0-5 3 2 40 Oneal 32 5-13 8-11 3-9 5 2 18 Bryant 22 4-5 3-5 1-5 1 2 11 Fisher 24 3-5 0-0 0-1 8 2 8 Fox 26 4-10 4-6 0-6 3 1 13 Harper 24 3-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 8 Horry 24 2-3 1-2 2-5 3 3 5 Knight 8 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Lue 5 1-3 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 Patterson 5 2-5 2-2 2-3 0 1 7 Rooks 6 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 25-34 11-43 30 21 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 14-24, .583 (Rice 8-10, Fisher 2-4, Fox 1-4, Harper 2-4, Patterson 1-1, Rooks 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Oneal, Horry). Turnovers: 17 (Fox 5, Harper 2, Horry 2, Oneal 2, Bryant, Fisher, Reid, Rooks). Steals: 5 (Horry 3, Harper 2). ____________________________________________ Portland 21 27 19 24 - 91 La Lakers 34 21 39 25 - 119 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:23. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Hue Hollins, Bruce Alexander.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Glen Rice looked like it was he and not Shaquille O'Neal who was shooting for the scoring title.

Rice tied a team record with eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers routed the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-91, to wrap up fourth place in the Western Conference.

Acquired in a mid-season trade, Rice had been unhappy about his limited role in the offense. He had no complaints tonight as he fired at will, tying Nick Van Exel's club mark. He was 14-of-20 from the field, including 8-of-10 from behind the arc.

"Right away I was feeling pretty good," Rice said. "In the warmup I was stroking it pretty good. I was just feeling good for some reason."

Rice was 6-of-6 from 3-point range in the third quarter, when the Lakers turned the game into a rout. They led by as many as 33 points, pulling away from the Trail Blazers, who played their starters limited minutes.

O'Neal entered the game needing 40 points to beat Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson for the scoring title. He scored only 18 in 32 minutes and finished a close second in the scoring race for the third time in the last six seasons. O'Neal won his lone scoring title with Orlando in the 1994-95 season.

"I felt winning this game was more important than getting a scoring title," O'Neal said. "I waited to see how they were going to play me. When they double-teamed me, I just kicked it out. Glen was the open man most of the time and he shot the ball very well."

The Lakers (31-19) closed the season with four straight wins, including a pair over the Trail Blazers. They finished with the same record as the Rockets but will have the home-court edge by virtue of two wins in three games against Houston during the season.

"We're still not playing anywhere near where we're capable of playing but we are playing our best basketball of the season and that's what I'm most happy about," Lakers coach Kurt Rambis said.

"A lot of people put a lot of hype on who the one seed is but when I was with Houston we came from a sixth seed and won it all," Lakers forward Robert Horry said. "If you have a good ballclub and are rolling, then it doesn't matter what court you are on."

Rick Fox scored 13 points and Kobe Bryant added 11 for the Lakers, who established season highs with 34 points in the first quarter, 39 in the third and 14 3-pointers. Los Angeles shot 51 percent (40-of-78) from the field.

Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points for the Blazers (35-15), who won the Pacific Division and will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round as the second seed. Portland's starters played just a combined 94 minutes.

"We quit tonight," guard Greg Anthony said. "We played like a bunch of losers. We just quit, period."

Portland got off to a quick start this season but did not finish strong, losing nine of its last 17 games. That slump cost the Blazers the second-best record in the conference. If they meet Utah in the conference semifinals, the Jazz will have the home-court edge.

"We came in here thinking that the game had no influence on us and they played like it meant something to them," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "That wasn't the attitude I was looking for. We needed a game to get us ready for the playoffs. We didn't have it tonight. We didn't have any urgency and we didn't have it mentally or physically."

Rice made four long jumpers in first five minutes. He scored 13 in the first quarter, which ended with Los Angeles holding a 34-21 lead. Six straight Portland points by Wallace cut the deficit to 48-46 late in the second quarter before the Lakers rebuilt the lead to 55-48 at halftime.

Rice hit four 3-pointers in less than three minutes early in the second half as the Lakers opened the advantage to 69-54. The last of those triggered a 15-0 burst that he capped with another 3-pointer for an 81-54 bulge with 4:40 left in the third period. He made his last 3-pointer 37 seconds later.

Rice became the seventh player this season to score 40 points with a 3-pointer with 5:50 to play that gave Los Angeles a 103-75 lead. He exited 32 seconds later.

"I hope it sends a message to everybody," Rice said. "If we go out there and play up to our capabilities, play aggressive on the defensive end, we are a dominant team."

Portland rookie Bonzi Wells played the entire fourth quarter and scored a season-high 12 points. The Blazers shot 43 percent (37-of-86) and made just 11-of-21 free throws.

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