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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 22 20 22 24 88 PORTLAND 30 25 30 26 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 17, JASON COLLIER 12, MAURICE TAYLOR 10 POR - STEVE SMITH 25, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 23, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - JASON COLLIER 4, CUTTINO MOBLEY 4 POR - DALE DAVIS 11, STEVE SMITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 8, STEVE SMITH 7

ATT: 19,992


Extended Box

HOUSTON (88) AT PORTLAND (111)

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

TAYLOR F 28 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 10 WILLIAMS F 26 3-12 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 3 1 9 OLAJUWON C 26 8-12 1-3 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 17 FRANCIS G 32 3-6 3-3 2 1 3 6 3 4 4 9 ANDERSON G 22 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 2 MOBLEY 25 3-7 2-2 0 4 4 3 2 1 2 8 COLLIER 21 5-9 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 12 THOMAS 20 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 1 6 BULLARD 14 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 NORRIS 16 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 2 4 ROGERS 5 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 LANGHI 5 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 37-78 12-14 5 20 25 18 23 10 13 88 (.474) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 22 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 6 DAVIS F 32 4-5 6-8 1 10 11 1 3 1 0 14 WALLACE C 33 4-8 0-0 0 6 6 3 3 0 3 8 SMITH G 34 9-15 4-6 0 8 8 7 1 1 0 25 STOUDAMIRE G 36 9-13 3-3 1 1 2 8 2 3 2 23 PIPPEN 17 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 5 KEMP 24 3-8 2-3 0 5 5 1 3 1 5 8 WELLS 18 6-7 2-6 0 2 2 2 5 0 2 14 ANTHONY 12 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 PERDUE 7 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 BARKLEY 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-71 18-28 3 36 39 31 19 7 15 111 (.606) (.643) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

HOUSTON 22 20 22 24 - 88 PORTLAND 30 25 30 26 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - COLLIER 2. PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, DAVIS, KEMP, PERDUE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 2-11 (.182), WILLIAMS 1-4, FRANCIS 0-1, ANDERSON 0-1, MOBLEY 0-1, THOMAS 0-1, BULLARD 1-3. PORTLAND 7-9 (.778), WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 3-3, STOUDAMIRE 2-2, PIPPEN 1-1, ANTHONY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, GARY BENSON, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 19,992. T - 2:05.


Box Score

HOUSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 28 5-11 0-0 0-1 0 4 10 Williams 26 3-12 2-2 0-3 0 1 9 Olajuwon 26 8-12 1-3 0-2 0 2 17 Francis 32 3-6 3-3 2-3 6 3 9 Anderson 22 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 Mobley 25 3-7 2-2 0-4 3 2 8 Collier 21 5-9 2-2 1-4 2 2 12 Thomas 20 3-6 0-0 1-2 3 1 6 Bullard 14 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 7 Norris 16 2-4 0-0 0-1 3 3 4 Rogers 5 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Langhi 5 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 12-14 5-25 18 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Williams 1-4, Francis 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Mobley 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Bullard 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Collier 2). Turnovers: 14 (Francis 4, Mobley 2, Norris 2, Anderson, Collier, Taylor, Thomas, Williams). Steals: 10 (Francis 4, Williams 3, Anderson, Mobley, Norris).

PORTLAND (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 22 3-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 6 Davis 32 4-5 6-8 1-11 1 3 14 Wallace 33 4-8 0-0 0-6 3 3 8 Smith 34 9-15 4-6 0-8 7 1 25 Stoudamire 36 9-13 3-3 1-2 8 2 23 Pippen 17 2-4 0-0 0-3 3 0 5 Kemp 24 3-8 2-3 0-5 1 3 8 Wells 18 6-7 2-6 0-2 2 5 14 Anthony 12 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 0 4 Perdue 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Barkley 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-71 18-28 3-39 31 19 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.606, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 7-9, .778 (Wallace 0-1, Smith 3-3, Stoudamire 2-2, Pippen 1-1, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 3, Davis, Kemp, Perdue). Turnovers: 15 (Kemp 5, Wallace 3, Augmon 2, Stoudamire 2, Wells 2, Pippen). Steals: 7 (Stoudamire 3, Augmon, Davis, Kemp, Smith). ____________________________________________ Houston 22 20 22 24 - 88 Portland 30 25 30 26 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,992. T: 2:05. Officials: Don Vaden, Gary Benson, Tom Washington.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Steve Smith was terrific. His Portland Trail Blazers teammates are getting there.

Smith had a season-high 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Trail Blazers to their third straight victory, a 111-88 rout of the Houston Rockets.

The 6-8 Smith was too much for the Rockets, making 9-of-15 shots, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range. He scored nine points in the first periods, when Portland took the lead for good, and 10 in the third quarter, when the Trail Blazers blew it open.

"We got off to a slow start early this season," Smith said. "We just weren't clicking and we weren't in a flow. We had a chance in Sacramento (on Monday), but just didn't hit any shots. We're starting to get back in the flow and we're starting to click. We're rebounding better, playing better defense and we're hitting some shots."

Portland shot a blistering 61 percent (43-for-71), including 7-for-9 (77.8 percent) from 3-point range, and held a 39-25 edge in rebounding.

Damon Stoudamire collected 23 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who are starting to look like the powerhouse most believed they would be. After a 1-3 start, Portland has won its last three by a combined 48 points.

"(We've had more) hard work, better conditioning, a little more time for the chemistry to jell with each other," Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said, explaining his team's improved play. "Our execution has been strong. Our defense has been good the last four or five games. Our offense has struggled along the way, sputtered some. Now we're doing a better job offensively."

The Blazers cruised past the Rockets basically without star forward Scottie Pippen, whose wife gave birth to a child Friday night. The former Rocket played just 17 minutes off the bench, scoring five points.

"I think we had a bit of a wake-up call," Pippen said. "We all had to look in the mirror and realize that we weren't playing great basketball. This game tonight was a momentum builder for us. We just take it one game at a time. We are moving the ball and assists are racking up for us."

Hakeem Olajuwon scored 17 points -- 11 points above his season average -- and rookie Jason Collier added 12 off the bench for Houston, which was looking to win its third straight game after beating the Los Angeles Lakers and Vancouver this week. Instead, the Rockets fell to 0-3 on the road.

"I told our guys the only good thing was that we played so bad, we got to rest some of our guys," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "This was very disappointing. We found a way to get the ball to Hakeem better. It's been a hard thing for us to do this season."

Houston took its last lead, 12-10, on a jumper by Olajuwon with 6:29 left in the first quarter. After Portland scored the next eight points, the Rockets went on an 8-2 spurt, tying the game at 20-20 on Olajuwon's layup with 3:06 left. However, the Blazers closed the quarter with a 10-2 run.

In the second quarter, Matt Bullard's basket pulled the Rockets within 39-35 with 6:29 left. But Portland scored 16 of the next 23 points to take a 55-42 advantage into halftime.

The Blazers maintained a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter and took their largest lead with 9:17 left in the game as Stoudamire's two free throws provided a 91-64 bulge.

"Portland got by us in the open court," Tomjanovich said. "We should have been faster than these guys. ... The Blazers played with a lot of purpose tonight. Smith was the key. He and Stoudamire made the big plays."

Bonzi Wells chipped in 14 points and Dale Davis also had 14 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Blazers but starting center Rasheed Wallace and reserve forward Shawn Kemp had just eight points apiece.

Maurice Taylor had 10 points for Houston but leading scorers Cuttino Mobley and Steve Frances, who both average more than 19 points a game, were held to just eight and nine, resepctively.

"We played terrible," Francis said. "They came in waves today. Every time one of our guards got the ball, they double-teamed him."

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