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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 15 29 17 19 8 88 PORTLAND 25 24 20 11 11 91 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 25, CHARLES BARKLEY 13, KELVIN CATO 13 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 19, RASHEED WALLACE 15, STEVE SMITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KELVIN CATO 12, CHARLES BARKLEY 11 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - CHARLES BARKLEY 6, CUTTINO MOBLEY 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 20,477


Extended Box

HOUSTON (88) AT PORTLAND (91) - FINAL IN OT

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

BARKLEY F 40 3-11 6-6 3 8 11 6 4 1 4 13 WILLIAMS F 19 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 2 0 5 OLAJUWON C 15 2-5 2-4 1 4 5 0 2 0 2 6 ANDERSON G 22 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 2 0 FRANCIS G 38 3-17 4-6 3 2 5 2 5 0 4 10 ROGERS 13 1-3 0-0 0 6 6 0 1 1 5 2 MOBLEY 39 7-19 8-9 1 4 5 3 3 1 5 25 CATO 37 4-7 5-7 5 7 12 1 4 1 0 13 DREW 16 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 BULLARD 26 3-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 0 8 MASSENBURG DNP - GROIN INJURY THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 28-83 25-32 14 41 55 17 25 7 22 88 (.337) (.781) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 23(16 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 43 7-16 4-5 3 6 9 7 2 5 3 19 WALLACE F 42 5-14 5-8 0 10 10 0 2 2 3 15 SABONIS C 23 5-10 0-0 2 7 9 1 5 0 0 10 SMITH G 40 6-12 2-4 1 0 1 5 1 2 2 15 STOUDAMIRE G 32 3-13 1-2 1 4 5 5 4 1 1 8 ONEAL 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 ANTHONY 21 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 11 AUGMON 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 SCHREMPF 22 1-5 1-2 2 2 4 2 4 0 2 3 B GRANT 19 3-7 2-3 4 2 6 0 3 2 0 8 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-88 17-26 13 34 47 21 25 13 12 91 (.398) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

HOUSTON 15 29 17 19 8 - 88 PORTLAND 25 24 20 11 11 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 2, WILLIAMS 2, ROGERS. PORTLAND - AUGMON 2, WALLACE, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-25 (.280), BARKLEY 1-3, WILLIAMS 1-3, FRANCIS 0-4, MOBLEY 3-7, DREW 0-1, BULLARD 2-7. PORTLAND 4-12 (.333), PIPPEN 1-4, SMITH 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 1-3, ANTHONY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RON OLESIAK, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 20,477. T - 2:44.


Box Score

HOUSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 40 3-11 6-6 3-11 6 4 13 Williams 19 2-6 0-0 0-4 1 2 5 Olajuwon 15 2-5 2-4 1-5 0 2 6 Anderson 22 0-1 0-0 1-3 2 1 0 Francis 38 3-17 4-6 3-5 2 5 10 Rogers 13 1-3 0-0 0-6 0 1 2 Mobley 39 7-19 8-9 1-5 3 3 25 Cato 37 4-7 5-7 5-12 1 4 13 Drew 16 3-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Bullard 26 3-8 0-0 0-4 2 3 8 Massenburg DNP - groin injury Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 28-83 25-32 14-55 17 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (Barkley 1-3, Williams 1-3, Francis 0-4, Mobley 3-7, Drew 0-1, Bullard 2-7). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Cato 2, Williams 2, Rogers). Turnovers: 23 (Mobley 5, Rogers 5, Barkley 4, Francis 4, Anderson 2, Olajuwon 2). Steals: 7 (Williams 2, Barkley, Cato, Drew, Mobley, Rogers).

PORTLAND (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 43 7-16 4-5 3-9 7 2 19 Wallace 42 5-14 5-8 0-10 0 2 15 Sabonis 23 5-10 0-0 2-9 1 5 10 Smith 40 6-12 2-4 1-1 5 1 15 Stoudamire 32 3-13 1-2 1-5 5 4 8 Oneal 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Anthony 21 4-7 2-2 0-1 1 1 11 Augmon 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Schrempf 22 1-5 1-2 2-4 2 4 3 B Grant 19 3-7 2-3 4-6 0 3 8 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-88 17-26 13-47 21 25 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Pippen 1-4, Smith 1-3, Stoudamire 1-3, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Augmon 2, Wallace, Sabonis). Turnovers: 13 (Pippen 3, Wallace 3, Schrempf 2, Smith 2, Augmon, Stoudamire). Steals: 13 (Pippen 5, B Grant 2, Smith 2, Wallace 2, Anthony, Stoudamire). _________________________________________________ Houston 15 29 17 19 8 - 88 Portland 25 24 20 11 11 - 91 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,477. T: 2:44. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The war of words between Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen continued. So did the troubles of the Houston Rockets and the triumphs of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Barkley refused to shake Pippen's hand prior to the game but afterwards was explaining another loss as the Rockets suffered a 91-88 setback to the Trail Blazers, who received consecutive clutch jumpers from Steve Smith in overtime.

Although he is a team captain, Barkley refused to go to center court for the pregame meeting with Pippen, a Portland captain. Instead, Rockets forward Matt Bullard told Smith that Barkley said Pippen could expect to go down if he drove the lane.

That confrontation never materialized and both players had good all-around games. Barkley had 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Pippen had 19, nine and seven, getting the Blazers off to a quick start.

However, neither had much to do with the outcome. Smith took care of that with a pair of jumpers that turned a one-point deficit into an 88-85 lead with 1:15 remaining.

"We don't have to focus on what happened in the past," Pippen said. "We just came out and played the game."

Smith and Rasheed Wallace scored 15 points apiece for Portland (12-2), which improved to 5-0 at home. Cuttino Mobley scored 25 points for Houston (3-11), which lost star center Hakeem Olajuwon to an injury early in the third quarter.

"This was another bump in the road with Hakeem getting hurt," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We'll have to send him home."

Barkley and Pippen, both among the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, were teammates on the Rockets last season. After Houston was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, Pippen demanded a trade and Barkley demanded an apology from his teammate.

Pippen got his wish as he was sent to Portland for six players. He delivered some parting shots, calling Barkley "selfish" and "fat."

"We don't have a feud," Barkley said. "He said some things that obviously I didn't like but I'm not going to whine like a little girl."

Smith started slowly but scored six points in the extra session. His jumper gave Portland an 84-82 lead just over a minute into overtime but Mobley hit a 3-pointer, giving Houston its last lead with 2:02 to play.

"I like the big shot," Smith said. "As in all my career, I have always wanted to take the last shot or the big shots."

After Smith's two jumpers, Mobley missed a 3-pointer but Rockets rookie Steve Francis dunked with 31 seconds left. Portland's Damon Stoudamire split a pair of free throws with 18 seconds to go but Francis did the same at the other end 10 seconds later.

With 7.1 seconds left, the Rockets fouled Greg Anthony, who made both shots to improve to 34-of-37 this season. Francis pushed the ball upcourt and found a wide-open Bullard, who misfired on a 3-pointer as the horn sounded.

"We dodged a major, major bullet," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We are lucky to escape a bad game and I didn't like our defense at the end."

Anthony scored 11 points and Arvydas Sabonis added 10 for the Blazers, who shot below 40 percent (35-of-88) from the field but forced 23 turnovers. Portland scored 11 points in overtime after managing 11 in the fourth quarter.

Kelvin Cato, one of the players acquired for Pippen, collected 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot just 34 percent (28-of-83) and held a 55-47 rebounding edge. Francis had a rough game, making just 3-of-17 shots and missing all four of his 3-pointers.

"It feels great to come back," Cato said. "I certainly didn't expect to play this well."

"Had we shot 37-38 percent tonight, we would've won this game," Tomjanovich said.

The Rockets trailed by 14 points in the second quarter but forged a 77-77 tie on Bullard's 3-pointer with 3:37 left in regulation. Barkley had a chance to give Houston the lead but missed a corner jumper with 58 seconds to go.

A layup by Stoudamire with 46 seconds remaining gave the Blazers the lead and Cato and Detlef Schrempf exchanged free throws before Cato followed Francis' missed layup with a slam that tied it, 80-80, with 11 seconds left.

Pippen and Barkley rarely defended each other. Pippen scored 11 points in the first quarter, which ended with Portland holding a 25-15 lead. Consecutive hook shots by Sabonis pushed the margin to 29-15 with 10:23 remaining in the second quarter before the Blazers settled for a 49-44 halftime lead.

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