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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 27 19 16 18 80 MIAMI 21 22 15 28 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 20, STEVE SMITH 19, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 14 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 24, EDDIE HOUSE 23, ANTHONY MASON 12

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 11, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 9 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 13, ANTHONY MASON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIA - ANTHONY MASON 6, ANTHONY CARTER 5

ATT: 16,500


Extended Box

PORTLAND (80) AT MIAMI (86)

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

PIPPEN F 40 3-9 3-3 1 8 9 3 3 2 5 10 DAVIS F 31 4-10 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 0 10 WALLACE C 42 9-14 2-2 2 9 11 3 1 2 4 20 SMITH G 36 8-12 1-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 5 19 STOUDAMIRE G 38 5-10 4-4 3 3 6 5 2 0 1 14 SABONIS 13 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 KEMP 16 0-4 2-2 1 5 6 1 3 0 2 2 WELLS 14 1-6 0-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 ANTHONY 10 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-68 15-19 8 35 43 14 21 6 18 80 (.456) (.789) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

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

MASON F 44 5-10 2-2 1 8 9 6 2 3 1 12 GRANT F 39 8-14 8-10 7 6 13 1 2 1 3 24 CAUSWELL C 20 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 BOWEN G 29 4-7 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 3 1 11 CARTER G 43 4-13 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 3 1 8 ROBINSON 20 1-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 2 0 2 FULLER 8 2-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 4 HOUSE 25 10-16 3-4 1 4 5 3 3 0 1 23 GREEN 12 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 HARDAWAY DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS JONES DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF MACLEAN DNP - SURGERY RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 35-83 14-18 13 29 42 18 21 12 9 86 (.422) (.778) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 9(13 PTS)

PORTLAND 27 19 16 18 - 80 MIAMI 21 22 15 28 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 3. MIAMI - GRANT 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-14 (.214), PIPPEN 1-4, WALLACE 0-2, SMITH 2-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-3, WELLS 0-1, ANTHONY 0-1. MIAMI 2-10 (.200), BOWEN 2-4, CARTER 0-2, ROBINSON 0-1, HOUSE 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BILL KENNEDY, BLANE REICHELT. A - 16,500. T - 2:10.


Box Score

PORTLAND (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 40 3-9 3-3 1-9 3 3 10 Davis 31 4-10 2-2 1-5 1 3 10 Wallace 42 9-14 2-2 2-11 3 1 20 Smith 36 8-12 1-2 0-2 1 3 19 Stoudamire 38 5-10 4-4 3-6 5 2 14 Sabonis 13 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Kemp 16 0-4 2-2 1-6 1 3 2 Wells 14 1-6 0-2 0-2 0 2 2 Anthony 10 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-68 15-19 8-43 14 21 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Pippen 1-4, Wallace 0-2, Smith 2-3, Stoudamire 0-3, Wells 0-1, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace 3). Turnovers: 18 (Pippen 5, Smith 5, Wallace 4, Kemp 2, Stoudamire, Wells). Steals: 6 (Pippen 2, Wallace 2, Davis, Smith).

MIAMI (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 44 5-10 2-2 1-9 6 2 12 Grant 39 8-14 8-10 7-13 1 2 24 Causwell 20 1-6 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Bowen 29 4-7 1-2 0-2 1 4 11 Carter 43 4-13 0-0 0-2 5 2 8 Robinson 20 1-8 0-0 1-3 1 4 2 Fuller 8 2-7 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 House 25 10-16 3-4 1-5 3 3 23 Green 12 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Hardaway DNP - right knee tendinitis Jones DNP - strained right calf Maclean DNP - surgery right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 14-18 13-42 18 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Bowen 2-4, Carter 0-2, Robinson 0-1, House 0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Grant 2). Turnovers: 9 (Grant 3, Bowen, Carter, Causwell, Fuller, House, Mason). Steals: 12 (Bowen 3, Carter 3, Mason 3, Robinson 2, Grant). ____________________________________________ Portland 27 19 16 18 - 80 Miami 21 22 15 28 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:10. Officials: Joe Forte, Bill Kennedy, Blane Reichelt.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- With so much offense looking sharp on the bench in fancy suits, the Miami Heat broke out some down and dirty defense.

Brian Grant outworked his former teammates, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, and the Heat stepped up their defense to hold the Portland Trail Blazers to 18 points in the fourth quarter and pull out an 86-80 victory.

Rookie Eddie House scored 10 of his season-high 23 points in the final period to help the Heat overcome the absence of guard Tim Hardaway, sidelined with tendinitis in his right knee.

On the bench, Hardaway joined fellow starters Eddie Jones, who has a sore calf, and Alonzo Mourning, who is out for the season with a kidney ailment.

"The carnage is all over the locker room with all of the injuries, but the spirit is there," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "They always bounce back with great effort, and they gave a great effort here tonight."

"I told our guys that you can't get a false sense of security," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "When they lose a starter, that means it gives someone else an opportunity to step in and play hard. Look at House. He had a chance to play last night and made some shots. ... He got some early looks and made them count."

House, the Heat's second-round pick out of Arizona State, hit 10-of-16 from the field in 25 minutes. He also had three assists and five rebounds.

"Eddie has done nothing but work, work, work," Riley said. "He is competitive and we knew he had a specific skill. In training camp he was not hitting his shot, in training camp he was tight, but as the season has gone on he has gotten more relaxed. Who knows where it goes from here?"

House connected on an awkward fadeaway that gave Miami an 81-78 lead with 34 seconds left, giving the Heat a little breathing room after Rasheed Wallace had scored in the post for Portland and Steve Smith nearly pulled off a steal from Miami forward Anthony Mason.

"After he hit that last shot, he came over to the bench, looked up to the crowd and said `I've got heart, I've got heart.' Coach says, `Yeah you do. Now let's finish it,'" Grant said. "That was a great moment."

The Heat made 12 steals, forced 18 turnovers and limited the Trail Blazers to 68 shots, while they got 83 shots themselves. Mason, Bruce Bowen and Anthony Carter had three steals apiece.

"Those are huge, those are the things people don't really talk about," House said. "People talk about points, but those are the things that win games. That's basically what Riley teaches and that's what we try to get out and do."

Wallace had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Smith scored 19 points as all five Portland starters reached double figures.

"We came out and played well, but you have to give them credit," Smith said. "They hung in there and made a game out of it at the end. They played real hard after playing a back-to-back, and having a lot of guys out. You have to give them credit."

The Blazers slipped to 2-2 on their seven-game road trip, which continues at Orlando on Sunday before games at Washington and Milwaukee.

In his first game against the Blazers since leaving the team to sign as a free agent with the Heat, Grant put on an impressive show, completely outplaying Dale Davis, who took his place in the lineup.

Grant, who struggled through an injury-plagued 1999-2000 season, hit 8-of-14 from the field, grabbed seven offensive rebounds and blocked two shots, both late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.

Davis had just 10 points on 4-of-10 from the field and five rebounds for the Blazers, who got just seven points from their vaunted bench. Shawn Kemp scored just two points, as did Bonzi Wells and Arvydas Sabonis.

"I look at it for us, now we're at .500 (5-5), not wipe the slate clean, but it gives us a fresh start," Grant said. "We get blown out by 20 (94-73 to Philadelphia on Friday night), we come in here and beat a very talented team in the Portand Trail Blazers, and now we go back to the drawing board."

With the injury to Mourning, Grant has had to shoulder a greater share of the work in Miami, after playing on a Portland team so loaded that there were often not enough minutes to go around.

But Grant said that scoring over Davis to give the Heat a 76-70 lead with 3:59 left in the game or blocking the Blazers forward to keep Portland from clawing within three points with 2 1/2 minutes left was nothing personal.

Even when he let out a roar after a follow shot that put the Heat ahead to stay, 70-68, he said it was just an expression of joy at playing.

"It felt good," he said, a little shame-faced. "I didn't do that at all to demean the Portland Blazer players, it was mainly me kind of letting out everything -- from the time I went into contract negotiations to the time I felt I had to leave, now I'm here and playing against friends, people that you sometimes miss in a way. I miss them as far as cameraderie, you know -- behind the scenes, tight, real tight. And all of a sudden you just say, `I'm a Heat, this is where I'm at, this is my new home.'

"There are no hard feelings, it would mean nothing if we lost, but it's great that we won, we needed that win."

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