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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 29 17 18 24 88 NEW YORK 28 17 28 25 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 18, BONZI WELLS 18, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 16 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 22, PATRICK EWING 20, LATRELL SPREWELL 14

HIGH REBOUND: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 9, BRIAN GRANT 9 NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, MARCUS CAMBY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, DETLEF SCHREMPF 3 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PORTLAND (88) AT NEW YORK (98)

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

PIPPEN F 37 4-9 2-2 1 8 9 2 1 0 3 11 WALLACE F 36 5-12 1-2 2 4 6 0 4 0 2 11 SABONIS C 16 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 2 SMITH G 35 6-12 5-6 0 4 4 1 5 0 1 18 STOUDAMIRE G 36 7-12 1-1 0 2 2 5 1 0 2 16 SCHREMPF 16 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 5 B GRANT 20 2-8 1-2 4 5 9 2 4 2 1 5 WELLS 21 7-11 0-0 4 1 5 2 4 1 2 18 ANTHONY 14 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 2 ONEAL 9 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-83 10-13 13 33 46 18 27 4 14 88 (.422) (.769) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 38 4-11 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 9 SPREWELL F 33 5-12 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 2 14 EWING C 36 7-13 6-12 3 6 9 2 0 0 0 20 HOUSTON G 40 8-18 4-6 2 6 8 3 4 2 2 22 WARD G 35 4-9 2-2 0 1 1 9 3 4 1 13 CAMBY 31 2-8 8-11 4 5 9 2 1 0 1 12 WALLACE 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 THOMAS 12 1-3 2-2 1 5 6 0 3 1 1 4 BRUNSON 8 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 4 CHILDS DNP - STRAINED LEFT ACHILLES DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 24-35 12 26 38 21 19 9 8 98 (.418) (.686) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 8(3 PTS)

PORTLAND 29 17 18 24 - 88 NEW YORK 28 17 28 25 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - NONE. NEW YORK - EWING 3, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 8-20 (.400), PIPPEN 1-4, SMITH 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 1-2, SCHREMPF 1-2, WELLS 4-5, ANTHONY 0-4. NEW YORK 8-25 (.320), L JOHNSON 1-6, SPREWELL 2-4, HOUSTON 2-7, WARD 3-7, BRUNSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, WALLACE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, JIM KINSEY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 19,763. T - 2:12.


Box Score

PORTLAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 37 4-9 2-2 1-9 2 1 11 Wallace 36 5-12 1-2 2-6 0 4 11 Sabonis 16 1-6 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 Smith 35 6-12 5-6 0-4 1 5 18 Stoudamire 36 7-12 1-1 0-2 5 1 16 Schrempf 16 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 1 5 B Grant 20 2-8 1-2 4-9 2 4 5 Wells 21 7-11 0-0 4-5 2 4 18 Anthony 14 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 1 2 Oneal 9 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 4 0 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 10-13 13-46 18 27 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Pippen 1-4, Smith 1-3, Stoudamire 1-2, Schrempf 1-2, Wells 4-5, Anthony 0-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Pippen 3, Sabonis 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Anthony, B Grant, Smith). Steals: 4 (B Grant 2, Schrempf, Wells).

NEW YORK (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 38 4-11 0-0 1-1 0 3 9 Sprewell 33 5-12 2-2 1-3 3 3 14 Ewing 36 7-13 6-12 3-9 2 0 20 Houston 40 8-18 4-6 2-8 3 4 22 Ward 35 4-9 2-2 0-1 9 3 13 Camby 31 2-8 8-11 4-9 2 1 12 Wallace 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Thomas 12 1-3 2-2 1-6 0 3 4 Brunson 8 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 4 Childs DNP - strained left achilles Dudley DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 24-35 12-38 21 19 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.686. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (L Johnson 1-6, Sprewell 2-4, Houston 2-7, Ward 3-7, Brunson 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Ewing 3, Camby). Turnovers: 8 (Houston 2, Sprewell 2, Camby, Thomas, Wallace, Ward). Steals: 9 (Ward 4, Houston 2, Brunson, L Johnson, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Portland 29 17 18 24 - 88 New York 28 17 28 25 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 4 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:50 1st, 7:16 3rd; Wallace 2 (ejected), 5:44 3rd, 1:04 4th). Flagrant fouls: Portland 1 (Smith, 1:10 4th). A: 19,763. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Crawford, Jim Kinsey, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Having yet to beat an elite team, the New York Knicks started at the top.

Powered by an excellent performance by Patrick Ewing, the Knicks knocked off the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-88, frustrating the NBA's best team.

New York's best wins this season had come against Seattle and Sacramento, good Western Conference teams but nowhere near the quality of the Trail Blazers. The Knicks also had lost to Utah, Phoenix, Indiana, San Antonio and Miami are were coming off a 19-point home loss to the Orlando Magic.

"You know tonight there was no doubt they were going to come out really hard," Van Gundy said of his team. "That is the obvious. After coming off a bad loss and then playing against the best team in the league, there is no doubt they were going to play tonight."

However, Ewing had a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds. He scored six points in a decisive 12-2 fourth-quarter burst that ended Portland's six-game winning streak. Allan Houston scored 22 points and Latrell Sprewell added 14 for the Knicks.

"A game like this is all about effort. It is desire," Houston said. "We made some plays out there, got some loose balls and rebounds. That's the only way we can play and win every night, especially against a great team like Portland."

Steve Smith scored 18 points and Bonzi Wells also had 18 -- all in the fourth quarter -- for the Blazers (34-11), who have lost to New York, Miami and Indiana, the top three teams in the weaker Eastern Conference.

Portland lost its cool late in the game. Smith flagrantly fouled Knicks guard Charlie Ward following a turnover with 1:10 to go. Two seconds later, All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace was ejected. Wallace, whose 21 technical fouls lead the NBA, tossed his wristband at referee Joe Crawford before leaving the court. Wallace refused to talk to reporters after the game.

"We fought our way back and we had plenty of time to win it," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We just paid too much attention to the perception of non-calls. We've got to get through that. If we think we're getting the bad end of the whistle then we've got to figure out a way to take it out on the other team."

The Knicks led by nine points entering the fourth quarter but the Blazers closed to 81-77 with 6:07 remaining on a 3-pointer by Wells, who scored all but six of his team's points in the period.

"Bonzi got on a great roll for us and kept giving us chances," Dunleavy said. "We just couldn't get stops, and that was the difference."

Houston and Ewing answered with jumpers before Wells scored again to keep Portland within 85-79 with 4:26 to go. Ewing made a jumper from the corner and Marcus Camby sank two free throws before Ewing made a reverse layup for a 91-79 bulge with 2:24 left.

"It felt good. My shot was falling," Ewing said. "I didn't shoot the ball well from the free-throw line (6-of-12) but for the most part I thought I had a pretty good game. That is a big win. We showed that when we play consistent basketball, we can beat anybody."

"He went on a very good sequence that I thought really spurred us on," Van Gundy said. "He made a couple of spot-up shots that have been his signature shot. I thought he shot the ball well in the fourth quarter."

Ward had 13 points and nine assists and Camby added 12 and nine rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who shot 42 percent (33-of-79) from the field and made 24-of-35 free throws. New York committed only eight turnovers while forcing 14.

Damon Stoudamire scored 16 points and Wallace and Scottie Pippen added 11 apiece for the Blazers, who also shot 42 percent (35-of-83) but attempted only 13 free throws, making 10. Portland held a 46-38 rebounding advantage.

"Defensively, they pretty much shut us down," Pippen said. "We just didn't execute in the fourth quarter and were not able to get to the foul line. They are a very physical team and if you are not able to get to the foul line against them, they are a very tough team to beat. I thought the difference tonight was the number of foul shots they had compared to what we had."

Portland set the tempo in the first period and grabbed a 29-28 lead behind nine points by Smith. New York slowed things a bit in the second quarter and trailed 46-45 at halftime.

"Overall, you know they lead the league in field goal percentage and we hadn't been defending well the last four or five games," Van Gundy said. "I thought that after the first quarter we got back to defending well."

The Knicks took the lead for good at 58-56 on a 17-footer by Houston midway through the third quarter. Wallace picked up his first technical 16 seconds later. Sprewell scored nine points in the period, which ended with New York holding a 73-64 lead.

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