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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 24 16 24 21 85 PORTLAND 24 23 16 30 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 18, JUWAN HOWARD 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 17, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 15, RASHEED WALLACE 12

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 8, JAHIDI WHITE 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 11, BRIAN GRANT 11

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 8, JUWAN HOWARD 4 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 4, STEVE SMITH 4

ATT: 20,467


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (85) AT PORTLAND (93)

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

HOWARD F 44 6-16 3-4 5 3 8 4 3 0 6 15 SMITH F 13 1-5 1-2 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 3 J WHITE C 30 4-10 0-2 2 4 6 0 4 1 0 8 STRICKLAND G 39 6-17 6-11 0 4 4 8 3 2 1 18 RICHMOND G 42 4-9 4-4 0 4 4 3 5 2 3 12 A WILLIAMS 13 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 4 2 AUSTIN 18 3-7 5-6 1 4 5 0 2 2 0 11 C WHITNEY 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 T MURRAY 28 4-6 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 1 0 12 HAMILTON 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 PROFIT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 21-31 10 26 36 18 31 8 14 85 (.419) (.677) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 27 3-14 3-4 1 4 5 4 2 1 3 10 WALLACE F 35 4-12 4-4 2 9 11 1 2 1 1 12 SABONIS C 23 7-11 3-5 2 4 6 0 6 0 1 17 SMITH G 36 2-8 5-5 3 0 3 4 5 0 5 10 STOUDAMIRE G 33 6-14 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 15 AUGMON 12 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 3 ONEAL 13 1-5 2-2 6 1 7 0 3 0 0 4 B GRANT 24 1-5 2-4 4 7 11 0 4 0 1 4 ANTHONY 15 2-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 8 SCHREMPF 22 3-6 4-4 0 3 3 3 3 1 3 10 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WELLS DNP - STOMACH FLU

TOTALS 240 30-81 28-34 20 31 51 16 29 5 16 93 (.370) (.824) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

WASHINGTON 24 16 24 21 - 85 PORTLAND 24 23 16 30 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - STRICKLAND, HOWARD, AUSTIN. PORTLAND - SMITH 2, WALLACE 2, B GRANT, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-9 (.222), STRICKLAND 0-2, RICHMOND 0-3, C WHITNEY 0-1, T MURRAY 2-3. PORTLAND 5-20 (.250), PIPPEN 1-8, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 1-3, ANTHONY 2-4, SCHREMPF 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - RICHMOND. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM KINSEY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,467. T - 2:18.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 44 6-16 3-4 5-8 4 3 15 Smith 13 1-5 1-2 1-2 1 4 3 J White 30 4-10 0-2 2-6 0 4 8 Strickland 39 6-17 6-11 0-4 8 3 18 Richmond 42 4-9 4-4 0-4 3 5 12 A Williams 13 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Austin 18 3-7 5-6 1-5 0 2 11 C Whitney 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 T Murray 28 4-6 2-2 1-4 0 3 12 Hamilton 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Profit DNP - coach's decision L Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 21-31 10-36 18 31 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Strickland 0-2, Richmond 0-3, C Whitney 0-1, T Murray 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Strickland, Howard, Austin). Turnovers: 14 (Howard 6, A Williams 4, Richmond 3, Strickland). Steals: 8 (Austin 2, Richmond 2, Strickland 2, J White, T Murray).

PORTLAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 27 3-14 3-4 1-5 4 2 10 Wallace 35 4-12 4-4 2-11 1 2 12 Sabonis 23 7-11 3-5 2-6 0 6 17 Smith 36 2-8 5-5 3-3 4 5 10 Stoudamire 33 6-14 2-2 2-3 1 2 15 Augmon 12 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 Oneal 13 1-5 2-2 6-7 0 3 4 B Grant 24 1-5 2-4 4-11 0 4 4 Anthony 15 2-4 2-2 0-2 1 1 8 Schrempf 22 3-6 4-4 0-3 3 3 10 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Wells DNP - stomach flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 28-34 20-51 16 29 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Pippen 1-8, Wallace 0-1, Smith 1-3, Stoudamire 1-3, Anthony 2-4, Schrempf 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Smith 2, Wallace 2, B Grant, Sabonis). Turnovers: 16 (Smith 5, Pippen 3, Schrempf 3, Anthony 2, B Grant, Sabonis, Wallace). Steals: 5 (Augmon 2, Pippen, Schrempf, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Washington 24 16 24 21 - 85 Portland 24 23 16 30 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Richmond, 0:49 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,467. T: 2:18. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Jim Kinsey, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards picked the wrong place to avoid a franchise-record road losing streak.

Arvydas Sabonis led a balanced attack with 17 points as the Portland Trail Blazers extended their home winning streak to 13 games by handing the Wizards their record-setting 14th straight road loss, 93-85.

Portland improved to 20-3 at home this season and an NBA-best 41-11 overall with its season-high seventh straight victory. The Blazers have not lost at the Rose Garden since a 110-102 setback to Phoenix on December 17.

"I thought it was a well-played game for us," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "In fact I am real pleased with our play. We played good defense, we controlled the glass and we made free throws."

Rod Strickland had 18 points and eight assists and Juwan Howard added 15 points for the Wizards, who are winless on the road since a 97-83 triumph at Detroit on December 21.

Howard's jumper pulled Washington within 77-76 with 6:06 to play. But Rasheed Wallace and Detlef Schrempf made two free throws apiece before Wallace slammed and Sabonis buried a short hook shot in the lane to make it 85-76 with 2:34 left.

Damon Stoudamire scored 15 points, Wallace 12 and Schrempf, Scottie Pippen and Steve Smith each added 10 for the Blazers, who remained a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA's best record.

"I didn't even know we had a six-game winning streak until I'd seen it on the TV," Stoudamire said. "I don't even watch that. It doesn't feel like we're playing that well right now. We know we're not playing well so we've got to pick our stuff up.

"These are tough gigs. It's nice to get blowouts but it doesn't always happen. They have always played well against us. We didn't hit our shots tonight but we knew what we had to do. We have to continue to execute our game plan."

Wallace grabbed 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who held a commanding 51-36 advantage on the boards. Portland shot just 37 percent (30-of-81), but went 28-of-34 from the line and forced 14 turnovers against the road-weary Wizards.

"It was a good win," Pippen said. "We didn't shoot well but we didn't have a lot of turnovers. The shots just didn't go in. We just have to continue to take it one at a time. Sabonis gives us a big threat inside and he is knocking down his shots."

"You can't give up 20 offensive rebounds and win a ball game," Washington coach Darrell Walker said. "I thought our effort was fantastic. I told my guys we've just got to find ways to win basketball games. We were able to score and get good looks. Then we couldn't knock them down."

Mitch Richmond and Tracy Murray scored 12 points apiece and Isaac Austin added 11 for Washington, which shot 42 percent (31-of-74).

Stoudamire and Sabonis combined for 20 points in the first quarter, but the Blazers could not shake the Wizards and settled for a 24-24 tie entering the second period. But Portland ran in front, 47-40, at the half and appeared poised to put Washington away.

Jahidi White dunked and Richmond made a layup to shave the lead to 49-45 with 9:20 left in the third quarter. Howard's 18-footer gave the Wizards a 64-63 lead with 47 seconds left in the period.

Sabonis started the fourth quarter with a layup and a follow shot to put Portland back in front. Greg Anthony answered Austin's layup with a 3-pointer, making it 70-66 with 10:19 left.

Austin hit a jumper, Chris Whitney buried a 23-footer and Murray was good from 18 feet as Washington forged ahead again, 72-70, with nine minutes remaining.

Schrempf hit a jumper and Anthony put the Blazers ahead to stay by sinking a 3-pointer with 7:57 to go.

"It's a step in the right direction," Anthony said. "Winning games is what you have to do. We don't look past anybody but we need to find ways to improve. It's all about defending and rebounding. We controlled and dictated the tempo of the game."

The Wizards had won their previous three visits to Portland.

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