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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 23 31 20 27 101 MIAMI 31 20 20 25 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 22, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 20, STEVE SMITH 16 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 23, JAMAL MASHBURN 21, TIM HARDAWAY 17

HIGH REBOUND: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 13, ARVYDAS SABONIS 8 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 10, JAMAL MASHBURN 5

ATT: 15,200


Extended Box

PORTLAND (101) AT MIAMI (96)

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

PIPPEN F 39 6-8 4-6 3 10 13 5 4 0 2 20 WALLACE F 40 8-14 6-8 1 6 7 1 1 2 1 22 SABONIS C 24 5-9 2-2 0 8 8 1 3 0 3 12 SMITH G 32 4-11 8-8 2 1 3 4 1 1 2 16 STOUDAMIRE G 24 2-8 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 0 1 4 AUGMON 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 SCHREMPF 24 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 5 ANTHONY 24 5-7 0-1 0 2 2 2 4 3 2 11 WELLS 15 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 6 HARVEY 11 1-1 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 B GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-72 22-29 9 33 42 18 20 6 13 101 (.514) (.759) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(8 PTS)

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

BROWN F 33 2-10 2-2 3 2 5 3 5 0 1 6 MASHBURN F 45 7-19 4-4 2 6 8 5 2 0 4 21 MOURNING C 43 11-20 1-3 4 5 9 2 5 1 3 23 HARDAWAY G 39 5-12 5-7 1 4 5 10 2 1 1 17 MAJERLE G 35 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 14 STRICKLAND 19 4-6 0-0 3 5 8 3 2 1 0 8 LENARD 21 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 5 WALTERS 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 BUFORD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CARTER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEATHERSPOON DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 37-83 12-16 13 23 36 26 22 5 12 96 (.446) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

PORTLAND 23 31 20 27 - 101 MIAMI 31 20 20 25 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, SABONIS 2, HARVEY. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, MAJERLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 5-14 (.357), PIPPEN 4-6, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, ANTHONY 1-3. MIAMI 10-22 (.455), MASHBURN 3-5, HARDAWAY 2-8, MAJERLE 4-8, LENARD 1-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: RON OLESIAK, JOE DEROSA, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 15,200. T - 2:16.


Box Score

PORTLAND (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 39 6-8 4-6 3-13 5 4 20 Wallace 40 8-14 6-8 1-7 1 1 22 Sabonis 24 5-9 2-2 0-8 1 3 12 Smith 32 4-11 8-8 2-3 4 1 16 Stoudamire 24 2-8 0-0 1-1 5 2 4 Augmon 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Schrempf 24 2-5 1-2 0-1 0 2 5 Anthony 24 5-7 0-1 0-2 2 4 11 Wells 15 3-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 6 Harvey 11 1-1 1-2 1-3 0 0 3 B Grant DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-72 22-29 9-42 18 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Pippen 4-6, Wallace 0-1, Smith 0-2, Stoudamire 0-2, Anthony 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Wallace 2, Sabonis 2, Harvey). Turnovers: 14 (Sabonis 3, Anthony 2, Pippen 2, Smith 2, Schrempf, Stoudamire, Wallace, Wells). Steals: 6 (Anthony 3, Wallace 2, Smith).

MIAMI (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 33 2-10 2-2 3-5 3 5 6 Mashburn 45 7-19 4-4 2-8 5 2 21 Mourning 43 11-20 1-3 4-9 2 5 23 Hardaway 39 5-12 5-7 1-5 10 2 17 Majerle 35 5-10 0-0 0-0 0 2 14 Strickland 19 4-6 0-0 3-8 3 2 8 Lenard 21 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 4 5 Walters 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Buford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carter DNP - sprained right ankle Causwell DNP - coach's decision Weatherspoon DNP - strained left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 12-16 13-36 26 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Mashburn 3-5, Hardaway 2-8, Majerle 4-8, Lenard 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Mourning 2, Majerle). Turnovers: 12 (Mashburn 4, Mourning 3, Walters 2, Brown, Hardaway, Lenard). Steals: 5 (Hardaway, Lenard, Majerle, Mourning, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Portland 23 31 20 27 - 101 Miami 31 20 20 25 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Wallace, 11:30 4th). Miami 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:03 1st, 9:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:16. Officials: Ron Olesiak, Joe Derosa, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The teams with the best records in the NBA battled neck-and-neck for 3 1/2 quarters before the Portland Trail Blazers nosed out the Miami Heat in the final four minutes for a 101-96 victory.

Scottie Pippen had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists and capped a decisive 9-0 fourth-quarter run by draining a 3-pointer with 2:37 to play as the Blazers maintained the top mark in the league and handed the Heat their first loss in six games.

"We just had to get a feel for them," Pippen said. "We put ourselves in a position where we could win. On the road, you have to keep it close and play good (defense)."

Miami's Mark Strickland barely beat the shot clock, burying a 12-footer with 4:46 remaining to give the Heat their last lead, 87-86.

Rasheed Wallace, who scored nine of his 22 points in the final period, put Portland ahead for good with a short jumper on the ensuing trip. Steve Smith and Pippen each made a pair of free throws before Pippen sank a 23-footer to give the Blazers a 95-87 bulge.

"That (3-pointer) was big," Smith said. "I saw that (Pippen) had a hot hand, I drove and kicked it to him."

"It's just one game for us. We came in here and got a big win," Pippen added. "We really didn't come in here and try and measure whether or not this is a matchup for the Finals."

Smith scored 16 points and Arvydas Sabonis added 12 for Portland, which has won three straight since its lone loss of the season at Utah on November 9. The Blazers (7-1) moved one-half game in front of the second-place Los Angeles Lakers (7-2) in the Pacific Division.

"The Heat is a great team, but we're not too bad either," Smith said. "It's not a fluke that we are winning. They had a run and we came back. We had a run and they came back. We just had the last run."

The Blazers activated Brian Grant from the injured list just before the contest, but the 6-9 forward continued to rest his injured knee and did not leave the bench.

Alonzo Mourning scored 23 points and Jamal Mashburn added 21 for Miami (6-2), which slipped to 3-1 at home.

"We need to get a kill mentality," Mourning said. "When you have somebody bleeding, you have to finish them off. We got the lead and we started slipping. We beat ourselves. At 87-86, we had control of the game."

Backup point guard Greg Anthony scored 11 points off the bench for the Blazers and once again was called upon to run the offense in the fourth quarter instead of starter Damon Stoudamire.

Portland shot 51 percent (37-of-72) and held a 42-36 advantage on the boards. The Blazers also scored 18 points off turnovers, while yielding only eight.

Tim Hardaway had 17 points and 10 assists and Dan Majerle collected 14 points for Miami, which shot 45 percent (37-of-83). The Heat were outscored, 22-12, from the line as Portland controlled the interior despite the continued absence of Grant.

"We had a lead and didn't hold it," Majerle said. "We just have to bounce back and go on from here."

"(The Blazers) go 10 deep and they play very well," Hardaway added. "We had them. It was right there and I think we beat ourselves. Overall, they played a good game. They made shots when they needed to."

Pippen, who finished 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, watched Anthony bury a 25-footer with 8:29 to play, giving the Heat an 82-79 lead.

But Majerle hit from beyond the arc on consecutive trips as Miami jumped in front, 85-82, with 7:27 left. Wallace answered with two free throws and a 12-footer to give Portland an 86-85 lead with 5:54 remaining.

Strickland beat the shot clock with a big basket on Miami's next trip, but the Blazers ran away with it thereafter.

"The things we've been talking about -- rebounding, points in the paint, driving the ball to the basket -- in the end, did us in," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We had (Mourning and Hardaway) back in and rested and were up 87-86. We were thinking that we could take a real shot at it. Then they went on an 11-2 run after the timeout and we couldn't get over the hump."

Mourning came roaring out the gate with 10 points to lead the Heat to a 31-23 lead after one quarter, but Pippen scored 11 in the second period to give the Blazers a 54-51 advantage at the break.

"Scottie was a real warrior tonight," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He tripped in the first half and pulled a calf muscle, but they worked on it all night. He played huge minutes, came up with big boards and big shots."

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