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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 23 20 24 25 92 PORTLAND 26 23 29 27 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 24, PAUL PIERCE 14, ERIC WILLIAMS 14 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 19, RASHEED WALLACE 16, STEVE SMITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - DANNY FORTSON 14, ANTOINE WALKER 7 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 8, RASHEED WALLACE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 7, PAUL PIERCE 4 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5

ATT: 20,453


Extended Box

BOSTON (92) AT PORTLAND (105)

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

WALKER F 33 11-24 1-2 1 6 7 2 4 2 4 24 GRIFFIN F 25 3-6 2-2 3 3 6 2 3 0 2 8 POTAPENKO C 20 3-10 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 6 ANDERSON G 36 1-7 6-6 0 1 1 7 3 2 4 9 PIERCE G 41 4-14 4-4 0 5 5 4 5 3 5 14 FORTSON 25 3-8 6-8 8 6 14 0 5 2 3 12 E WILLIAMS 30 5-8 4-5 3 0 3 1 2 1 3 14 BATTIE 17 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 BARROS 13 1-4 1-1 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 3 MCCARTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHEANEY DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - PERSONAL

TOTALS 240 32-86 24-28 18 26 44 18 28 12 23 92 (.372) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(24 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 34 4-8 4-6 1 2 3 8 1 4 3 12 WALLACE F 37 7-10 2-4 1 6 7 2 2 3 1 16 SABONIS C 25 7-8 5-5 0 8 8 2 4 1 1 19 SMITH G 28 5-10 4-5 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 15 STOUDAMIRE G 27 4-10 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 2 3 10 SCHREMPF 14 0-3 3-4 1 2 3 2 2 1 3 3 ONEAL 19 4-7 6-8 2 4 6 0 2 1 0 14 B GRANT 12 0-2 3-4 0 1 1 0 5 1 1 3 WELLS 20 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 8 ANTHONY 22 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 3 5 KLEINE 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 31-40 7 32 39 24 25 13 19 105 (.493) (.775) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

BOSTON 23 20 24 25 - 92 PORTLAND 26 23 29 27 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - ANDERSON 2, PIERCE, GRIFFIN, POTAPENKO. PORTLAND - ONEAL 3, WALLACE 2, B GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-14 (.286), WALKER 1-5, ANDERSON 1-2, PIERCE 2-6, BARROS 0-1. PORTLAND 2-9 (.222), PIPPEN 0-2, SMITH 1-2, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, B GRANT 0-1, ANTHONY 1-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - SCHREMPF. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, DAVID JONES, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 20,453. T - 2:22.


Box Score

BOSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Walker 33 11-24 1-2 1-7 2 4 24 Griffin 25 3-6 2-2 3-6 2 3 8 Potapenko 20 3-10 0-0 1-3 0 4 6 Anderson 36 1-7 6-6 0-1 7 3 9 Pierce 41 4-14 4-4 0-5 4 5 14 Fortson 25 3-8 6-8 8-14 0 5 12 E Williams 30 5-8 4-5 3-3 1 2 14 Battie 17 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Barros 13 1-4 1-1 2-3 2 0 3 Mccarty DNP - coach's decision Ellison DNP - coach's decision Cheaney DNP - not with team - personal _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-86 24-28 18-44 18 28 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Walker 1-5, Anderson 1-2, Pierce 2-6, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Anderson 2, Pierce, Griffin, Potapenko). Turnovers: 23 (Pierce 5, Anderson 4, Walker 4, E Williams 3, Fortson 3, Griffin 2, Barros, Battie). Steals: 12 (Pierce 3, Anderson 2, Battie 2, Fortson 2, Walker 2, E Williams).

PORTLAND (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 34 4-8 4-6 1-3 8 1 12 Wallace 37 7-10 2-4 1-7 2 2 16 Sabonis 25 7-8 5-5 0-8 2 4 19 Smith 28 5-10 4-5 1-3 1 2 15 Stoudamire 27 4-10 2-2 0-2 5 2 10 Schrempf 14 0-3 3-4 1-3 2 2 3 Oneal 19 4-7 6-8 2-6 0 2 14 B Grant 12 0-2 3-4 0-1 0 5 3 Wells 20 3-6 2-2 0-1 2 3 8 Anthony 22 2-8 0-0 1-4 2 2 5 Kleine 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Augmon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 31-40 7-39 24 25 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.775. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Pippen 0-2, Smith 1-2, Stoudamire 0-2, B Grant 0-1, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 3, Wallace 2, B Grant). Turnovers: 19 (Anthony 3, Pippen 3, Schrempf 3, Stoudamire 3, Kleine 2, Smith 2, B Grant, Sabonis, Wallace). Steals: 13 (Pippen 4, Wallace 3, Stoudamire 2, B Grant, Oneal, Sabonis, Schrempf). ____________________________________________ Boston 23 20 24 25 - 92 Portland 26 23 29 27 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Schrempf, 9:38 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,453. T: 2:22. Officials: Joe Forte, David Jones, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The most frightening aspect of the Portland Trail Blazers' potent attack might be their willingness to share.

Arvydas Sabonis led six players in double figures with 19 points as Portland used its overwhelming balance to cruise past the Boston Celtics, 105-92, improving their season-high win streak to nine games.

The Blazers, who posted their 15 straight triumph at the Rose Garden, boast five players who average double figures in scoring and eight who put up at least 6.8 per night.

"Portland's talent level is very, very deep," Boston coach Rick Pitino said.

Tonight, Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points, Steve Smith 15, Jermaine O'Neal 14, Scottie Pippen 12 and Damoun Stoudamire 10 as Portland beat Boston here for the seventh straight time.

"We got good performances from a lot of people," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "(Sabonis) gave us good minutes and he has been doing it lately. I thought Jermaine gave us a lot of good energy and good minutes. He was a presence inside."

"It's a great feeling to win nine in a row," Pippen added. "It's tough right now in this stage because it's tough to keep your momentum but we have to battle through right now, playing these below-.500 teams and try to continue to better ourselves."

The Blazers (43-11) own the league's best record, one game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, and are riding their longest winning streak since an 11-game run from February 28 to March 20, 1997.

Portland has won 15 in a row at home for the first time since the 1982-83 season and is 11 wins shy of the franchise-record 26-game run in 1977-78. It is 21-3 at the Rose Garden overall this season.

The Blazers exhibited their multi-dimensional attack right from the outset as Smith opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, Sabonis knocked down an 11-footer, Pippen dunked and Stoudamire hit two free throws and was good from 22 feet to open an 11-0 lead. Portland did not trail thereafter.

"It was a great start we really got off to," Pippen said. "Anytime you win you are having a good time. I wish we could have gotten more guys some minutes to play out on the court tonight but it was a good win for us."

Antoine Walker scored 24 points for the Celtics, who have lost six of their last seven games and 22 of 27 on the road this season. Former Blazers guard Kenny Anderson had a poor night, managing just nine points on 1-of-7 shooting with four turnovers in 36 minutes.

"The Blazers are the beat team in the NBA," Anderson said. "I wish I was still here. This is the best team in the league. It would be nice to be a part of it."

Paul Pierce and Eric Williams collected 14 points apiece for Boston, which shot 37 percent (32-of-86) and yielded 24 points off turnovers. Danny Forston had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who held a 44-39 advantage on the boards, but were outplayed in virtually every other aspect of the game.

"We didn't take care of the ball tonight," Walker said. "They converted on our turnovers. Give them a lot of credit. When you play a team like Portland, you can't turn it over."

The Trail Blazers held a whopping 48-28 scoring advantage in the paint and outscored the Celtics by a 24-11 margin on the break. The Blazers shot 49 percent (36-of-73) and went 31-of-40 at the line.

"The key is to have a combination of transition and post-up game," Portland guard Greg Anthony said. "That's the ultimate in terms of championship quality basketball. You want to be able to go out and get easy transition baskets."

Sabonis was 7-of-8 from the floor and has been the most lethal of Portland's weapons of late. He has led the team in scoring five times in six games and is averaging 18.5 points during that stretch.

Bonzi Wells exemplified the Blazers' depth in the final period. He scored six points, including two emphatic dunks, during an 11-2 burst that put the game away, extending the lead to 89-71 with 8:14 to play.

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