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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 25 17 29 29 100 BOSTON 26 19 25 24 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 23, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 19, THREE PLAYERS WITH 13 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 19, PAUL PIERCE 16, ANTOINE WALKER 14

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 8, JERMAINE ONEAL 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, DANNY FORTSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 3 BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,624


Extended Box

PORTLAND (100) AT BOSTON (94)

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

PIPPEN F 38 7-13 3-3 3 4 7 3 2 0 3 19 WALLACE F 43 5-11 3-4 2 3 5 2 4 1 2 13 SABONIS C 13 1-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 1 0 2 SMITH G 33 6-11 10-12 2 1 3 2 3 2 1 23 STOUDAMIRE G 36 5-11 0-0 2 1 3 7 2 2 1 11 B GRANT 22 4-7 5-6 2 6 8 0 2 0 2 13 WELLS 13 0-4 0-2 0 1 1 2 3 2 2 0 ANTHONY 12 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 SCHREMPF 17 1-4 2-3 0 2 2 1 3 1 2 4 ONEAL 13 3-7 7-9 6 2 8 1 3 0 1 13 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-75 30-39 17 25 42 19 26 9 14 100 (.440) (.769) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 38 6-14 3-6 1 1 2 1 4 1 4 16 WALKER F 37 5-16 3-6 2 8 10 2 5 1 4 14 POTAPENKO C 24 9-12 1-1 1 2 3 1 4 1 0 19 ANDERSON G 32 5-11 1-1 1 1 2 10 2 0 0 11 GRIFFIN G 31 1-4 4-4 2 1 3 2 3 4 1 6 CHEANEY 13 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 BATTIE 17 4-7 0-0 3 1 4 0 2 0 1 8 BARROS 16 3-7 2-3 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 8 FORTSON 16 0-2 6-6 1 7 8 1 3 0 1 6 MCCARTY 13 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 6 ELLISON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 OVERTON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 35-77 20-27 12 25 37 20 30 7 15 94 (.455) (.741) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

PORTLAND 25 17 29 29 - 100 BOSTON 26 19 25 24 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, ONEAL 2, SABONIS, SCHREMPF, PIPPEN, ANTHONY. BOSTON - BATTIE 2, WALKER, MCCARTY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-11 (.364), PIPPEN 2-2, SMITH 1-4, STOUDAMIRE 1-3, ANTHONY 0-1, SCHREMPF 0-1. BOSTON 4-10 (.400), PIERCE 1-3, WALKER 1-2, ANDERSON 0-1, GRIFFIN 0-2, MCCARTY 2-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - SMITH, B GRANT, BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, HANK ARMSTRONG, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 18,624. T - 2:25.


Box Score

PORTLAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 38 7-13 3-3 3-7 3 2 19 Wallace 43 5-11 3-4 2-5 2 4 13 Sabonis 13 1-5 0-0 0-5 1 2 2 Smith 33 6-11 10-12 2-3 2 3 23 Stoudamire 36 5-11 0-0 2-3 7 2 11 B Grant 22 4-7 5-6 2-8 0 2 13 Wells 13 0-4 0-2 0-1 2 3 0 Anthony 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Schrempf 17 1-4 2-3 0-2 1 3 4 Oneal 13 3-7 7-9 6-8 1 3 13 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Kleine DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 30-39 17-42 19 26 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Pippen 2-2, Smith 1-4, Stoudamire 1-3, Anthony 0-1, Schrempf 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Wallace 3, Oneal 2, Sabonis, Schrempf, Pippen, Anthony). Turnovers: 14 (Pippen 3, B Grant 2, Schrempf 2, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Oneal, Smith, Stoudamire). Steals: 9 (Smith 2, Stoudamire 2, Wells 2, Sabonis, Schrempf, Wallace).

BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 38 6-14 3-6 1-2 1 4 16 Walker 37 5-16 3-6 2-10 2 5 14 Potapenko 24 9-12 1-1 1-3 1 4 19 Anderson 32 5-11 1-1 1-2 10 2 11 Griffin 31 1-4 4-4 2-3 2 3 6 Cheaney 13 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 Battie 17 4-7 0-0 3-4 0 2 8 Barros 16 3-7 2-3 0-0 2 1 8 Fortson 16 0-2 6-6 1-8 1 3 6 Mccarty 13 2-2 0-0 0-4 0 2 6 Ellison 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Overton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 20-27 12-37 20 30 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Pierce 1-3, Walker 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Griffin 0-2, Mccarty 2-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie 2, Walker, Mccarty). Turnovers: 15 (Pierce 4, Walker 4, Cheaney 2, Barros, Battie, Fortson, Griffin, Mccarty). Steals: 7 (Griffin 4, Pierce, Potapenko, Walker). ____________________________________________ Portland 25 17 29 29 - 100 Boston 26 19 25 24 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Smith, 6:34 3rd; B Grant, 3:59 3rd). Boston 1 (Walker, 3:08 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:25. Officials: Mike Mathis, Hank Armstrong, Scott Foster.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Scottie Pippen scored 19 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining, as the Portland Trail Blazers reclaimed the NBA's best record with a 100-94 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Pippen gave the Trail Blazers the lead for good at 71-70 with a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in the third quarter. He sat for the first seven minutes of the fourth and did not look for his shot upon his return.

The Celtics cut the deficit to 92-88 with 1:43 remaining on a tough bank shot by Antoine Walker, who scored 14 points. On the next possession, Damon Stoudamire penetrated but lost his footing. As he fell, he tossed a soft pass to the top of the circle to Pippen, who nailed the 3-pointer for a seven-point lead.

"Down the stretch, we played our classic defense, turned them over a couple of times, and Scottie's 3 was huge, maybe the key shot of the game," Stoudamire said.

Stoudamire answered Vitaly Potepenko's jumper with a beautiful driving bank shot with 52 seconds to go. Walker's 3-pointer again made it a four-point game with 39 seconds left but Brian Grant sank two free throws for a 99-93 lead. Dana Barros and Steve Smith traded foul shots in the final seconds.

Smith scored 23 points for the Blazers (36-11), who improved their league-best road record to 19-8, including 2-1 on their current four-game trip.

"I think we'll be good enough to win the championship," Smith said. "Games like tonight show how deep we are. Even when we struggle, we rely on our defense and we find a way to win."

"I was glad to get out of here with a win," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "This whole trip has been a nightmare. There's no practice time built in. We came up from Portland to New York, went to Atlanta, back to Boston and now to Milwaukee."

Potapenko scored 19 points for the Celtics, who had won five of their last six road games. Boston has dropped nine of its last 11 meetings with Portland.

"Indiana and Portland have the best depth in basketball," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "That's why they are two of eight teams that could meet for the Finals."

The game featured seven ties and 17 lead changes, all in the first three quarters. Two free throws by Danny Fortson pulled Boston within 78-76 with 9:55 to go before Portland went on a 9-3 spurt.

Reserves accounted for the first seven points before All-Star Rasheed Wallace, who had 13 points and three blocks, made two foul shots for an 87-79 lead with 6:28 remaining.

"Portland showed you why they might be the best team in basketball," Walker said. "They can beat you with their second team alone. They can really give their starters a blow and they come at you fresh in the fourth quarter and you're a little bit tired. That might have been the difference tonight."

Afterward, Wallace was not overly excited about his first All-Star berth.

"Frankly, I gave it some thought this morning," he said. "I'd rather have a break. I'm tired. (Bleep.) I would rather not go."

Paul Pierce scored eight of his 16 points in the first quarter as Boston grabbed a 26-25 lead. Portland went the first 5:56 of the second period without a point and the first 6:48 without a basket before Smith's layup cut the deficit to 36-29.

A 3-pointer by Walter McCarty gave Boston a 44-37 lead with 2:43 left in the first half but Portland closed to 45-42 at halftime on a three-point play by Pippen and two free throws by Jermaine O'Neal.

"I don't know how long we went in that second quarter without a basket but that's an example of why we win on the road. It's our defense," Dunleavy said. "Our defense keeps us in games when our offense is struugling and that certainly was the case in the second quarter."

O'Neal and Grant each had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 44 percent (33-of-75) from the field, held a 42-37 rebounding advantage and made nine steals.

Kenny Anderson had 11 points and 10 assists and Walker grabbed 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77) and were outscored 30-20 at the line.

"Tempo was an important key tonight," Pitino said. "We did not want to play grind-it-out basketball and that's the type of game we got. When you play a team like Portland, and at home especially, you have to win the rebound area and you have to win the steal area and we did neither. We needed to create a very fast pace and we couldn't, because you do that off your defense."

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