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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 24 19 21 33 97 ATLANTA 14 19 27 30 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 21, ARVYDAS SABONIS 17, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 16 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 25, ALAN HENDERSON 18, LAPHONSO ELLIS 17

HIGH REBOUND: POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 12, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 10 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 13, ISAIAH RIDER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, DETLEF SCHREMPF 5 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,109


Extended Box

PORTLAND (97) AT ATLANTA (90)

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

PIPPEN F 36 5-9 2-4 2 8 10 4 4 1 4 13 WALLACE F 32 3-9 1-2 1 3 4 3 3 0 2 7 SABONIS C 32 6-14 5-6 2 10 12 0 3 3 2 17 SMITH G 30 7-12 5-5 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 21 STOUDAMIRE G 33 7-15 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 0 2 16 ONEAL 7 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 SCHREMPF 19 2-3 1-2 0 5 5 5 2 0 0 6 B GRANT 18 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 2 WELLS 18 4-8 3-5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 11 ANTHONY 15 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-83 17-24 10 34 44 22 24 4 11 97 (.446) (.708) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 41 8-20 2-4 5 3 8 2 4 3 1 18 JACKSON F 35 8-22 8-8 4 4 8 4 4 2 2 25 MUTOMBO C 47 6-12 2-3 2 11 13 2 4 0 0 14 COLES G 39 1-5 4-4 0 4 4 3 4 1 0 6 RIDER G 34 4-16 1-2 2 8 10 3 4 3 3 10 ELLIS 32 6-12 5-6 5 2 7 1 2 0 0 17 JOHNSON 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 TERRY 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 WRIGHT 3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-91 22-27 18 34 52 17 24 9 7 90 (.363) (.815) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 7(11 PTS)

PORTLAND 24 19 21 33 - 97 ATLANTA 14 19 27 30 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - SABONIS 3, SMITH 2, ONEAL, WALLACE. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, COLES, ELLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 6-14 (.429), PIPPEN 1-2, WALLACE 0-2, SMITH 2-3, STOUDAMIRE 2-6, SCHREMPF 1-1. ATLANTA 2-13 (.154), JACKSON 1-7, COLES 0-1, RIDER 1-3, TERRY 0-2. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - JACKSON. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TED BERNHARDT, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,109. T - 2:15.


Box Score

PORTLAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 5-9 2-4 2-10 4 4 13 Wallace 32 3-9 1-2 1-4 3 3 7 Sabonis 32 6-14 5-6 2-12 0 3 17 Smith 30 7-12 5-5 2-3 2 4 21 Stoudamire 33 7-15 0-0 0-3 6 2 16 Oneal 7 1-5 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Schrempf 19 2-3 1-2 0-5 5 2 6 B Grant 18 1-6 0-0 2-3 0 3 2 Wells 18 4-8 3-5 0-1 0 1 11 Anthony 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-83 17-24 10-44 22 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Pippen 1-2, Wallace 0-2, Smith 2-3, Stoudamire 2-6, Schrempf 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Sabonis 3, Smith 2, Oneal, Wallace). Turnovers: 12 (Pippen 4, Sabonis 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, B Grant). Steals: 4 (Sabonis 3, Pippen).

ATLANTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 41 8-20 2-4 5-8 2 4 18 Jackson 35 8-22 8-8 4-8 4 4 25 Mutombo 47 6-12 2-3 2-13 2 4 14 Coles 39 1-5 4-4 0-4 3 4 6 Rider 34 4-16 1-2 2-10 3 4 10 Ellis 32 6-12 5-6 5-7 1 2 17 Johnson 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Terry 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Wright 3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-91 22-27 18-52 17 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Jackson 1-7, Coles 0-1, Rider 1-3, Terry 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 2, Coles, Ellis). Turnovers: 7 (Rider 3, Jackson 2, Henderson, Wright). Steals: 9 (Henderson 3, Rider 3, Jackson 2, Coles). ____________________________________________ Portland 24 19 21 33 - 97 Atlanta 14 19 27 30 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Jackson, 3:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,109. T: 2:15. Officials: Hugh Evans, Ted Bernhardt, Scott Wall.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Steve Smith came up big against his former team and Rasheed Wallace kept both his head and his headband as the Portland Trail Blazers rebounded from a tough road loss with a 97-90 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks.

Smith, who led the Hawks in scoring last season, made his first trip to Atlanta since he was traded to the Blazers with Ed Gray for Isaiah Rider and Jim Jackson in the offseason. He scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, gave the Trail Blazers the lead for good with a pair of free throws with 2:54 to play and put an exclamation mark on his performance by drilling a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"The great thing is to see my friends and family and (Philips Arena) that I haven't seen," Smith said. "I had an OK game. That really doesn't matter. I would have been happy if I had a bad game and we won. I'm happy I'm on a team that has a chance to win. Luckily, I had a chance to go to a team that I wanted to."

"Steve is a solid player," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He just plays hard, he's smart, he plays within himself and he hit some big shots for them."

Wallace leads the NBA with 21 technical fouls, the last two of which came at New York in Thursday's 98-88 loss. He was ejected from that contest with just over a minute to play and tossed his wristband at referee Joe Crawford before leaving the court.

Tonight, the All-Star forward was slapped with two questionable fouls in the final minute with Portland clinging to a four-point lead. But Wallace kept his cool and fed fellow headband-wearing teammate Scottie Pippen for a wide-open 3-pointer that proved to be the dagger with 21 seconds left, giving the Blazers a 91-85 lead and their seventh victory in eight games.

Portland (35-11) remained tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA's top overall record. The Lakers cruised to a 113-67 rout of the Utah Jazz tonight.

Wallace had a quiet night offensively, scoring just seven points and grabbing four rebounds. Portland completed a season sweep of Atlanta after destroying the Hawks 131-95 at the Rose Garden on November 13.

Jackson enjoyed a stellar night against his former team, scoring 25 points and grabbing eight boards. But Rider, who had a dreadful 5-of-15 performance from the floor in his return to Portland, was even worse tonight, managing just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

"I wanted to win this game as bad as any other game we've played," Jackson said. "They played good defensively and we missed some shots we would normally make. We were more aggressive defensively (in the second half) and they allowed us, offensively, to be more aggressive. I think we kicked ourselves by playing so bad in the first half."

"I was never in rhythm," Rider said. "I came out playing upbeat. I think I was playing a little flat, that's the reason I had a bad night."

The Hawks had won four of their previous five but slipped five games behind Detroit for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Arvydas Sabonis had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Damon Stoudamire added 16 points for Portland, which shot out to a 17-4 lead to start the contest before the Hawks fought their way back into contention.

"I thought we were real fortunate to win the game tonight," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We got it back under control late in the fourth quarter and early on we came out with a lot of energy."

"We can't keep being behind," Wilkens said. "It's too hard to fight your way back. We had opportunities. We shot 30-something percent for the game, but we were still in the game. We had some opportunities, we missed some shots and then they made a couple of big shots."

Atlanta took its only lead of the game with 3:48 to play when Dikembe Mutombo hit a short hook in the lane to make it 78-77.

Mutombo had 14 points and 13 boards but was unable to stop Sabonis along the interior after Smith's go-ahead free throws. The Blazers' big man grabbed a rebound off Bimbo Coles' miss and went up strong, drawing contact from Alan Henderson on a four-foot hook shot. He completed the three-point play with a free throw to make it 82-78 with just under three minutes to play.

LaPhonso Ellis answered with a layup but Wallace hit a seven-foot jumper before Jackson's free throws again shaved the deficit to two with 2:01 left.

Stoudamire fed Smith for an easy layup on the Portland's next trip and knocked down a 3-pointer with 46 seconds to go that opened an 88-82 cushion.

But Wallace was called for a foul on what appeared to be a clean block of Henderson's layup attempt with 43 seconds remaining. Henderson made the first and missed the second, but Wallace was called for foul when Ellis rebounded the ball and fell out of bounds, resulting in two more points from the line that made it 88-85.

Wallace received a pass from Stoudamire in the low post and drew double coverage before finding Pippen all alone at the top of the arc to seal the win.

Henderson scored 18 points and Ellis added 17 off the bench for the Hawks, who shot 36 percent (33-of-91) and held a 52-44 advantage on the boards. Atlanta committed just seven turnovers while forcing 12.

Pippen had 13 points and 10 boards and Wells added 11 points off the bench for Portland, which shot 45 percent (37-of-83).

"In the first half we were able to jump out front," Stoudamire said. "But I think playing last night, we got a little fatigued. We made every right play down the stretch. We just wanted to execute our (offense) and that's what we did. We can get a whole lot better."

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