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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 21 20 19 21 81 PORTLAND 27 24 21 20 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 22, TONI KUKOC 12, CHRIS CARR 9 POR - BRIAN GRANT 19, RASHEED WALLACE 14, STEVE SMITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 9, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - TONI KUKOC 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7, DETLEF SCHREMPF 6

ATT: 20,220


Extended Box

CHICAGO (81) AT PORTLAND (92)

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

BRAND F 38 9-16 4-7 6 2 8 0 3 1 0 22 KUKOC F 41 4-15 3-3 2 3 5 4 1 3 0 12 SIMPKINS C 19 2-2 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 5 ARTEST G 24 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 3 2 5 BROWN G 29 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 4 2 6 CARR 22 4-10 1-1 0 2 2 1 3 1 3 9 MALONEY 19 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 ANSTEY 5 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 PERDUE 12 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 2 HAWKINS 22 2-6 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 2 3 8 RUFFIN 9 1-5 0-0 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-80 13-17 16 18 34 15 18 15 11 81 (.388) (.765) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

B GRANT F 26 8-10 3-4 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 19 PIPPEN F 35 3-13 2-2 1 7 8 7 2 2 5 8 WALLACE C 37 6-12 2-3 4 5 9 1 4 0 1 14 ANTHONY G 37 4-11 1-1 1 5 6 4 1 1 3 10 SMITH G 33 5-12 2-2 3 3 6 4 0 0 1 12 SCHREMPF 29 3-5 4-4 3 3 6 6 3 2 0 10 ONEAL 16 3-4 1-2 3 4 7 0 1 1 2 7 WELLS 15 3-5 0-0 2 0 2 3 1 0 3 6 AUGMON 12 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 6 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STOUDAMIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 17-20 19 32 51 25 17 6 18 92 (.474) (.850) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 21 20 19 21 - 81 PORTLAND 27 24 21 20 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - KUKOC, BRAND, RUFFIN. PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, WELLS, SMITH, ONEAL, AUGMON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-14 (.429), KUKOC 1-2, ARTEST 1-2, CARR 0-2, MALONEY 2-4, HAWKINS 2-4. PORTLAND 1-10 (.100), PIPPEN 0-2, ANTHONY 1-4, SMITH 0-3, WELLS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, MARK WUNDERLICH, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 20,220. T - 2:03.


Box Score

CHICAGO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 38 9-16 4-7 6-8 0 3 22 Kukoc 41 4-15 3-3 2-5 4 1 12 Simpkins 19 2-2 1-2 1-3 1 1 5 Artest 24 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 4 5 Brown 29 3-9 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 Carr 22 4-10 1-1 0-2 1 3 9 Maloney 19 3-7 0-0 0-0 3 0 8 Anstey 5 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 0 2 Perdue 12 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 3 2 Hawkins 22 2-6 2-2 0-3 3 1 8 Ruffin 9 1-5 0-0 4-5 0 0 2 C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-80 13-17 16-34 15 18 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Kukoc 1-2, Artest 1-2, Carr 0-2, Maloney 2-4, Hawkins 2-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Kukoc, Brand, Ruffin). Turnovers: 13 (Carr 3, Hawkins 3, Artest 2, Brown 2, Simpkins). Steals: 15 (Brown 4, Artest 3, Kukoc 3, Hawkins 2, Brand, Carr, Maloney).

PORTLAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 26 8-10 3-4 2-6 0 3 19 Pippen 35 3-13 2-2 1-8 7 2 8 Wallace 37 6-12 2-3 4-9 1 4 14 Anthony 37 4-11 1-1 1-6 4 1 10 Smith 33 5-12 2-2 3-6 4 0 12 Schrempf 29 3-5 4-4 3-6 6 3 10 Oneal 16 3-4 1-2 3-7 0 1 7 Wells 15 3-5 0-0 2-2 3 1 6 Augmon 12 2-6 2-2 0-1 0 2 6 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - coach's decision Stoudamire DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 17-20 19-51 25 17 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Pippen 0-2, Anthony 1-4, Smith 0-3, Wells 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 2, Wells, Smith, Oneal, Augmon). Turnovers: 18 (Pippen 5, Anthony 3, Wells 3, B Grant 2, Oneal 2, Augmon, Smith, Wallace). Steals: 6 (Pippen 2, Schrempf 2, Anthony, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Chicago 21 20 19 21 - 81 Portland 27 24 21 20 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,220. T: 2:03. Officials: Terry Durham, Mark Wunderlich, Bruce Alexander.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- After 44 games, the Portland Trail Blazers are simply the best.

Brian Grant led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and the Trail Blazers rolled to an easy 92-81 victory over the league-worst Chicago Bulls, surging past the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the NBA's top record.

Rasheed Wallace scored nine of his 14 points in the first period, when the Blazers took the lead for good, 27-21, before cruising the rest of the way. Steve Smith scored 12 points and Greg Anthony, starting for point guard Damon Stoudamire, added 10 for Portland, which has won six in a row and 16 of 19 overall and 10 straight at the Rose Garden.

"The object for us here is to win the most games," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Of course we look at what (the Lakers) do but it doesn't mean we're changing what we're doing. Our whole deal right now is in preparation for the playoffs, trying to get everybody better, still trying to spread our minutes."

Detlef Schrempf also scored 10 points for the Blazers (34-10), who held a 51-34 advantage on the boards and outscored Chicago, 56-40 in the paint to move one-half game past second-place Los Angeles (34-11) in the Pacific Division. The Lakers suffered a 105-81 loss at San Antonio earlier tonight.

"We played a terrific team tonight," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "Portland is playing the best basketball in the league right now."

Rookie and top overall pick Elton Brand had 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost four in a row and slipped to an NBA-worst 2-18 on the road. Toni Kukoc was the only other Chicago player in double figures with 12 points.

"They are a very talented team," Brand said. "We stayed with them most of the way. We can definitely take some positive things from this game."

Dunleavy gave his starting playmaker Stoudamire a rest and watched Anthony open the scoring with a 3-pointer. Portland opened the game with a 7-1 burst and did not trail thereafter.

Former Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen had eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists against his former team as the Blazers completed a two-game season sweep of Chicago.

"It's great (having the best record), but we have a tough schedule facing us for the next four games," Pippen said of the Blazers' upcoming contests at New York, Atlanta, Boston and Milwaukee. "It's going to be a good challenge for us. We can't get too comfortable. We're going to have to continue to play well."

The Blazers shot 47 percent (37-of-78) but finished just 1-of-10 from 3-point range. After opening a 51-41 advantage at the half, the Blazers let the Bulls hang around with an unimpressive second-half performance.

"It wasn't the performance I was looking for but it wound up in the right column," Dunleavy said. "Frankly, this wasn't one of our better games."

Kukoc made two free throws to pull Chicago within striking distance at 74-66 with 10:04 to play. But Pippen and Wallace made a free-throw before slamming himself to up the lead to 13 with 6:48 remaining.

"We didn't get up for Chicago like we got up for our post two games," Schrempf said. "They had themselves to play for but we were never worried about them taking the lead."

Chicago shot 39 percent (31-of-80) and forced 18 turnovers.

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