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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 22 28 35 33 118 PORTLAND 25 28 27 25 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 30, CUTTINO MOBLEY 22, TWO PLAYERS WITH 18 POR - STEVE SMITH 24, RASHEED WALLACE 21, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 15

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - SHANDON ANDERSON 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 POR - BRIAN GRANT 12, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 20,384


Extended Box

HOUSTON (118) AT PORTLAND (105)

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

THOMAS F 26 4-6 1-2 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 10 WILLIAMS F 26 7-10 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 0 0 18 CATO C 33 4-8 1-2 0 5 5 2 2 0 1 9 ANDERSON G 44 10-12 9-9 3 7 10 3 2 1 3 30 FRANCIS G 41 7-12 3-3 0 5 5 7 3 2 3 18 MOBLEY 36 8-15 5-6 0 5 5 3 4 0 3 22 BULLARD 12 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 MILLER 15 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 4 NORRIS 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - POST CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 44-71 21-24 5 29 34 25 19 3 11 118 (.620) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 12 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 PIPPEN F 32 5-14 2-3 2 4 6 5 5 1 3 15 WALLACE C 39 10-18 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 1 1 21 SMITH G 35 8-13 6-7 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 24 STOUDAMIRE G 26 4-11 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 2 0 11 ANTHONY 22 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 8 B GRANT 25 4-7 2-2 7 5 12 2 2 1 0 10 AUGMON 16 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 4 WELLS 13 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 0 3 4 SCHREMPF 20 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 1 0 6 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-87 14-18 15 20 35 24 22 7 9 105 (.471) (.778) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(8 PTS)

HOUSTON 22 28 35 33 - 118 PORTLAND 25 28 27 25 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - CATO 2, BULLARD. PORTLAND - ONEAL 2, B GRANT, ANTHONY, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 9-18 (.500), THOMAS 1-2, WILLIAMS 4-4, ANDERSON 1-3, FRANCIS 1-5, MOBLEY 1-3, BULLARD 1-1. PORTLAND 9-23 (.391), PIPPEN 3-8, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 2-2, STOUDAMIRE 2-4, ANTHONY 2-6, WELLS 0-1, SCHREMPF 0-1. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, TOMMIE WOOD, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,384. T - 2:09.


Box Score

HOUSTON (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 26 4-6 1-2 0-2 3 2 10 Williams 26 7-10 0-0 2-3 3 3 18 Cato 33 4-8 1-2 0-5 2 2 9 Anderson 44 10-12 9-9 3-10 3 2 30 Francis 41 7-12 3-3 0-5 7 3 18 Mobley 36 8-15 5-6 0-5 3 4 22 Bullard 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 7 Miller 15 1-3 2-2 0-4 2 2 4 Norris 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Drew DNP - coach's decision Gray DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - post concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-71 21-24 5-34 25 19 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.620, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Thomas 1-2, Williams 4-4, Anderson 1-3, Francis 1-5, Mobley 1-3, Bullard 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Cato 2, Bullard). Turnovers: 12 (Anderson 3, Francis 3, Mobley 3, Cato, Miller). Steals: 3 (Francis 2, Anderson).

PORTLAND (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 12 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Pippen 32 5-14 2-3 2-6 5 5 15 Wallace 39 10-18 1-2 1-3 2 3 21 Smith 35 8-13 6-7 0-1 4 2 24 Stoudamire 26 4-11 1-2 0-2 4 2 11 Anthony 22 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 3 8 B Grant 25 4-7 2-2 7-12 2 2 10 Augmon 16 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 Wells 13 2-6 0-0 2-3 1 1 4 Schrempf 20 2-5 2-2 1-3 3 2 6 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-87 14-18 15-35 24 22 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Pippen 3-8, Wallace 0-1, Smith 2-2, Stoudamire 2-4, Anthony 2-6, Wells 0-1, Schrempf 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 2, B Grant, Anthony, Wallace). Turnovers: 10 (Pippen 3, Wells 3, Anthony 2, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Stoudamire 2, Augmon, B Grant, Pippen, Schrempf, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Houston 22 28 35 33 - 118 Portland 25 28 27 25 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 7:20 3rd, 6:13 3rd). Portland 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:02 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,384. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Forte, Tommie Wood, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Shandon Anderson scored 30 points as the Houston Rockets snapped a nine-game road losing streak and shed further light on the vulnerability of the Portland Trail Blazers with a 118-105 victory at the Rose Garden.

Anderson hit 10-of-12 shots, all nine of his free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds for Houston, which had not won away from the Compaq Center since a 96-77 triumph at the floundering Los Angeles Clippers on February 28.

"It is tough knowing that we're not going to the playoffs, but it's exciting to know we have a good, young team for the future," Anderson said.

"Shandon was tremendous," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "(It was) an all-around game offensively and defensively and the boards at both ends of the court. We haven't had a road win in a long, long time."

Cuttino Mobley scored 22 points and keyed a decisive fourth-quarter run for the Rockets, who earned a split of the four-game season series with the Trail Blazers and became the latest team to expose Portland's inconsistency.

Since having their season-high 11-game winning streak snapped by the league-leading Los Angeles Lakers on February 29, the Blazers have split 18 games. Tonight, they surrendered their highest point total in regulation this season.

Steve Smith scored 24 points and Rasheed Wallace added 21 for Portland, which slipped to 28-10 at home. The loss, coupled with the Lakers' 111-104 triumph at Golden State tonight, officially eliminated the Blazers from the hunt for the top seed in the Western Conference.

"I told the team we have got to start taking all of our opponents seriously," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Teams come in here with an agenda. They're free stroking. We've got eight games left to get our defensive intensity back. If we just think we have got our spot in the playoffs wrapped and we can just drift along, we're going to have an early exit."

Scottie Pippen had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists but hit only 5-of-14 shots for the Blazers, who were outscored in the second half, 69-52. Damon Stoudamire scored 11 points and Brian Grant added 10 and 12 rebounds for Portland, which shot 47 percent (41-of-87) and held a 35-34 rebounding edge.

Former Blazer Walt Williams and Steve Francis scored 18 points apiece for the Rockets, who shot a blistering 62 percent (44-of-71), including 9-of-18 from 3-point range.

"We shot 60 percent for the game and 72 percent in the second half. That's the best we've shot all year," Tomjanovich said. "This is a fun team, a real positive group of guys. It's just like planting seeds and watching them grow. This is the closest team I've been around in a long, long time. We have a good feeling about the future."

"It feels real good to come back and play against the guys," Williams added. "Anytime you can beat the Portland Trail Blazers in this place, it's a real good win."

Rookie Kenny Thomas scored 10 points for Houston, which held a 50-36 advantage in points in the paint and outscored the Blazers, 15-6, on the break. The Rockets also outscored Portland, 21-14, at the line.

Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers, erasing a three-point halftime deficit and putting Houston ahead to stay, 58-55, with 10:34 remaining in the third quarter.

Francis made a 16-footer, Anderson a layup and Thomas tacked on a 3-pointer and a layup to open a 67-55 bulge with 7:38 left in the period.

The Blazers remained within striking distance and pulled within 91-88 on Pippen's 3-pointer with 9:27 to play. Francis responded with a runner in the lane and he and Mobley combined for 11 points during a 15-5 burst that opened a 106-93 cushion with 4:30 remaining.

"It feels good," Francis said. "I think we match up pretty well with this team. They couldn't stop Shandon Anderson from driving and he had a great game for us. This was like the playoffs. This was a good win."

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