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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 21 23 20 35 99 DETROIT 17 26 25 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 24, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 18, BONZI WELLS 12 DET - GRANT HILL 30, JERRY STACKHOUSE 22, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 15

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 7, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7 DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8, GRANT HILL 6

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 DET - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 22,076


Extended Box

PORTLAND (99) AT DETROIT (94)

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

PIPPEN F 39 7-11 2-2 3 4 7 4 5 1 3 18 WALLACE F 35 8-12 7-10 2 5 7 0 2 1 1 24 SABONIS C 35 3-9 1-2 2 4 6 2 4 0 0 7 SMITH G 35 4-10 2-2 0 4 4 4 3 2 2 10 STOUDAMIRE G 30 2-8 2-2 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 6 AUGMON 5 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 2 WELLS 17 4-9 4-6 2 2 4 0 5 2 2 12 SCHREMPF 23 3-8 2-2 2 4 6 4 1 0 1 9 ANTHONY 18 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 11 ONEAL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-73 22-28 11 30 41 19 26 7 12 99 (.479) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 11-17 7-10 0 6 6 4 1 1 2 30 LAETTNER F 32 5-8 5-6 4 4 8 4 5 0 5 15 MILLS C 22 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 4 HUNTER G 37 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 10 STACKHOUSE G 33 8-17 3-3 1 3 4 4 4 0 3 22 CROTTY 11 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 0 CURRY 23 1-3 2-3 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 4 MONTROSS 7 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 0 WILLIAMS 19 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 0 M MOORE 15 3-3 3-4 1 2 3 0 5 0 0 9 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-71 20-26 10 26 36 19 31 4 14 94 (.479) (.769) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

PORTLAND 21 23 20 35 - 99 DETROIT 17 26 25 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - SCHREMPF, SMITH. DETROIT - M MOORE 2, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 7-18 (.389), PIPPEN 2-5, WALLACE 1-1, SABONIS 0-1, SMITH 0-2, WELLS 0-2, SCHREMPF 1-3, ANTHONY 3-4. DETROIT 6-18 (.333), HILL 1-2, MILLS 0-3, HUNTER 2-6, STACKHOUSE 3-6, WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, DERRICK STAFFORD, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 22,076. T - 2:30.


Box Score

PORTLAND (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 39 7-11 2-2 3-7 4 5 18 Wallace 35 8-12 7-10 2-7 0 2 24 Sabonis 35 3-9 1-2 2-6 2 4 7 Smith 35 4-10 2-2 0-4 4 3 10 Stoudamire 30 2-8 2-2 0-4 3 1 6 Augmon 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Wells 17 4-9 4-6 2-4 0 5 12 Schrempf 23 3-8 2-2 2-6 4 1 9 Anthony 18 3-5 2-2 0-1 1 2 11 Oneal 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 22-28 11-41 19 26 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Pippen 2-5, Wallace 1-1, Sabonis 0-1, Smith 0-2, Wells 0-2, Schrempf 1-3, Anthony 3-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Schrempf, Smith). Turnovers: 13 (Pippen 3, Smith 2, Stoudamire 2, Wells 2, Augmon, Schrempf, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Smith 2, Wells 2, Anthony, Pippen, Wallace).

DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 11-17 7-10 0-6 4 1 30 Laettner 32 5-8 5-6 4-8 4 5 15 Mills 22 2-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 Hunter 37 4-10 0-0 0-1 2 3 10 Stackhouse 33 8-17 3-3 1-4 4 4 22 Crotty 11 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 4 0 Curry 23 1-3 2-3 1-3 1 3 4 Montross 7 0-1 0-0 1-4 1 1 0 Williams 19 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 3 0 M Moore 15 3-3 3-4 1-3 0 5 9 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 20-26 10-36 19 31 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Hill 1-2, Mills 0-3, Hunter 2-6, Stackhouse 3-6, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (M Moore 2, Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Laettner 5, Stackhouse 3, Hill 2, Crotty, Hunter, Montross, Williams). Steals: 4 (Curry, Hill, Hunter, Montross). ____________________________________________ Portland 21 23 20 35 - 99 Detroit 17 26 25 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 9:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:30. Officials: Jack Nies, Derrick Stafford, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points as the Portland Trail Blazers snapped out of their worst slump of the season with a gutty 99-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Wallace went 8-of-12 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line and grabbed seven rebounds for Portland, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in six games overall.

The contest featured 14 ties and 17 lead changes, the last of which came when Scottie Pippen buried a 3-pointer to put the Blazers in front, 90-88, with 2:26 to play. Wallace and Pippen combined to make four free throws down the stretch as the Blazers beat the Pistons for the ninth time in 11 meetings.

"When the gorilla gets on your back, when they start mounting up in the loss column, whether you play well or not, normally we figure if we play good, it'll turn into a victory," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said.

"If we lose one when we play good, it doesn't usually hurt us," he added. "But lately, we'd hit a stretch where we didn't play well. I really wanted to get this one. I shortened my rotation and did things I don't usually do. You don't want to go 0-for-4. It was a decision I had to make tonight."

Coach George Irvine got his first taste of defeat in three games since taking over for the fired Alvin Gentry on Monday as his team failed to execute in crunch time.

"I probably didn't use our bench quite enough," Irvine said. "We had an opportunity to win against a very, very good team, who had lost three in a row. They came in here with the idea of winning and we battled them. I know we can play better and we will."

Pistons forward Grant Hill scored 30 points but missed a potential go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left.

"I think I probably should have gone in there to try and dunk it," he said. "But that happens. Portland played well, they executed down the stretch. We played well. If we play that way the rest of the way, we'll be fine. It's a tough one to lose, though."

Jerry Stackhouse added 22 points for Detroit, which had its lead for seventh place in the Eastern Conference shaved to one-half game over the surging Orlando Magic.

The Pistons completed their back-to-back title run by knocking off the Blazers in the 1989-90 NBA Finals. Tonight at halftime, they celebrated the triumph with a special ceremony, featuring former coach Chuck Daly, point guard Isiah Thomas, forward Bill Laimbeer, shooting guard Vinny Johnson and some of the other "Bad Boys."

Detroit had beaten up on two of the NBA's worst road teams, Denver and Vancouver, here in Irvine's first two games at the helm. But it was obvious from the outset tonight that the Blazers were not interested in keeping the interim coach's record clean.

Pippen scored 18 points and Bonzi Wells added 12 off the bench for Portland, which shot 48 percent (35-of-73), held a 41-36 rebounding edge and tied the Los Angeles Lakers for the league's most road wins at 23. The Blazers moved within four games of the Lakers for the NBA's best record.

"You get a little concerned, you don't want to lose (four) in a row," Pippen said. "For a team that was challenging the Lakers for the best record, it gets a little frustrating. We want to continue to put the heat on them."

Christian Laettner scored 15 points and Lindsey Hunter had 10 for the Pistons, who shot 48 percent (34-of-71) and scored 20 points off turnovers.

Wallace hit all four of his shots in the opening 12 minutes as the Blazers roared to a 21-17 lead after one quarter. Hill made 7-of-8 shots in the first half and pulled Detroit within 44-43 at the break before the teams engaged in a back-and-forth struggle.

Terry Mills hit an 18-footer and Laettner was good from 19 feet to open the third period as Detroit pulled ahead, 47-44. But Pippen quickly responded with a 26-footer on the other end, setting the tempo for the rest of the game.

Second-year center Mikki Moore grabbed temporary control of the contest late in the third period, scoring seven points during a 9-2 burst as the Pistons jumped in front, 68-61, on his layup with 40 seconds left in the period.

But Wallace answered with an emphatic slam, drawing a foul from Moore and hitting the ensuing free throw to cut the deficit to four entering the final period.

"It's encouraging that we played them so close," Moore said. "We have to look at the game as a stepping stone and work on everything come Monday (against Boston). We can't dwell on this game, because we can't bring it back."

Stackhouse drained a 3-pointer and Hill followed with a layup to give Detroit a 75-69 cushion with 9:14 to play. Portland responded with a 12-4 run, taking an 81-79 lead on Detlef Schrempf's 3-pointer with 5:35 left.

Mills made a runner and Laettner hit a free throw to put Detroit back on top, but Wallace made 1-of-2 at the stripe and answered Hill's layup with one of his own to forge an 84-84 tie with 3:50 left.

"Did you see him? He fell off, the gorilla," Schrempf said. "Now we have to win tomorrow (at Washington) and make this road trip somewhat acceptable. It's not the losses, it's the way we've been playing. If we play as hard tomorrow as we did today, we'll be OK and we can build on that."

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