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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 20 24 20 22 86 PORTLAND 30 14 20 32 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 35, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 19, RICK FOX 9 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 25, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 21, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 18

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 13, KOBE BRYANT 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 13, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 10

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6

ATT: 20,491


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (86) AT PORTLAND (96)

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

FOX F 16 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 9 GRANT F 22 0-4 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 1 0 2 ONEAL C 44 7-21 5-12 7 6 13 4 3 2 4 19 BRYANT G 45 13-25 9-13 1 5 6 6 5 2 1 35 HARPER G 27 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 1 2 8 HORRY 29 0-3 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 1 0 0 PENBERTHY 18 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 8 RIDER 14 2-9 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 SHAW 24 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 0 FOSTER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 16-27 10 26 36 20 24 8 9 86 (.407) (.593) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 43 6-13 4-4 3 7 10 8 4 1 1 18 WALLACE F 48 10-26 4-4 4 9 13 0 3 2 1 25 SABONIS C 21 2-7 0-0 0 8 8 0 3 0 0 4 SMITH G 34 1-7 10-10 2 2 4 2 2 1 2 12 STOUDAMIRE G 42 8-17 3-4 3 4 7 6 3 0 8 21 DAVIS 16 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 2 WELLS 20 4-9 4-5 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 12 AUGMON 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 KEMP 10 1-4 0-0 3 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 ANTHONY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-85 25-27 18 36 54 18 22 4 13 96 (.388) (.926) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

LA LAKERS 20 24 20 22 - 86 PORTLAND 30 14 20 32 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - GRANT 2, ONEAL, HORRY. PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-13 (.308), FOX 1-2, BRYANT 0-2, HARPER 0-2, HORRY 0-1, PENBERTHY 2-3, RIDER 1-1, SHAW 0-2. PORTLAND 5-13 (.385), PIPPEN 2-5, WALLACE 1-2, SABONIS 0-1, SMITH 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 2-3. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL, BRYANT. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DAVID JONES, DEE KANTNER. A - 20,491. T - 2:26.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 16 4-6 0-0 0-0 1 2 9 Grant 22 0-4 2-2 0-4 2 2 2 Oneal 44 7-21 5-12 7-13 4 3 19 Bryant 45 13-25 9-13 1-6 6 5 35 Harper 27 4-7 0-0 1-3 4 1 8 Horry 29 0-3 0-0 0-5 0 4 0 Penberthy 18 3-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 8 Rider 14 2-9 0-0 1-1 0 1 5 Shaw 24 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 3 0 Foster 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 George DNP - coach's decision Madsen DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 16-27 10-36 20 24 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Fox 1-2, Bryant 0-2, Harper 0-2, Horry 0-1, Penberthy 2-3, Rider 1-1, Shaw 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Grant 2, Oneal, Horry). Turnovers: 9 (Oneal 4, Harper 2, Bryant, Fox, Penberthy). Steals: 8 (Bryant 2, Oneal 2, Grant, Harper, Horry, Shaw).

PORTLAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 43 6-13 4-4 3-10 8 4 18 Wallace 48 10-26 4-4 4-13 0 3 25 Sabonis 21 2-7 0-0 0-8 0 3 4 Smith 34 1-7 10-10 2-4 2 2 12 Stoudamire 42 8-17 3-4 3-7 6 3 21 Davis 16 1-2 0-0 1-5 1 4 2 Wells 20 4-9 4-5 2-4 0 1 12 Augmon 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Kemp 10 1-4 0-0 3-3 1 0 2 Anthony DNP - coach's decision Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 25-27 18-54 18 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.926. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Pippen 2-5, Wallace 1-2, Sabonis 0-1, Smith 0-2, Stoudamire 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 3, Davis). Turnovers: 15 (Stoudamire 8, Smith 2, Kemp, Pippen, Wallace). Steals: 4 (Wallace 2, Pippen, Smith). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 20 24 20 22 - 86 Portland 30 14 20 32 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Oneal, 1:51 3rd; Bryant, 9:11 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,491. T: 2:26. Officials: Dan Crawford, David Jones, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- In a statement game for the Portland Trail Blazers, their smallest player spoke the loudest.

Damon Stoudamire scored all 21 of his points in the second half and led a fourth-quarter surge as the Trail Blazers got even with the Los Angeles Lakers with a 96-86 victory.

Stoudamire was shut out in an awful first half, missing three shots and committing four turnovers. But he came alive after halftime and confounded the Lakers, who had no guard small or quick enough to defend him.

"I started off kind of slow," Stoudamire said. "Mike (Portland coach Mike Dunleavy) and the rest of my teammates told me to come out in the second half and try to make something happen."

The 5-10 point guard scored 11 points in the third quarter and 10 more in a three-minute span of the final quarter, when Portland pulled away. His second 3-pointer of the period gave the Blazers an 83-73 lead with 2:42 remaining.

"Damon's play in the second half was outstanding," Dunleavy said. "We did a good job on the pick and roll in the second half and Damon made good decisions attacking the rim. We had an advantage with his quickness against Mike Penberthy. Penberthy has helped them with their shooting and he did it again tonight. But we had an advantage with him guarding Damon."

Rasheed Wallace had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost to the Lakers here in the season opener after falling to them in seven games in the Western Conference finals.

Although both teams are chasing Phoenix in the Pacific Division, Portland and Los Angeles are acknowledged as the best teams in the NBA. The Blazers retooled during the offseason but had not shown they added enough to beat the Lakers until tonight.

"It's big. It's a big win against a good team," Stoudamire said. "We haven't been playing well against the elite teams in our conference and tonight we got a big win, and hopefully we can build on it."

"This is a statement game for us, a game where we felt that we had an opportunity to measure where we are as a team this season against the world champions," added Blazers forward Scottie Pippen.

As it did during the conference finals, Portland found a way to contain league Most Valuable Player Shaquille O'Neal. Forwards Wallace, Shawn Kemp and Dale Davis and center Arvydas Sabonis split the duties on the 7-2 superstar center and limited him to 19 points on just 7-of-21 shooting.

"We kept trying to find a way to get back to (O'Neal)," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "But I don't think we got the ball in the right position in the fourth quarter. You have to give Portland the credit for that. We thought we'd get it back into him and get some things accomplish, but their defense was enough to keep us out of rhythm, out of position to get him the ball where he could operate in the lane."

NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points for the defending champion Lakers, who have lost four of their last five games.

"We have to go out and do some soul searching," O'Neal said. "We just have to want it more and play better `D.' Every team is geared for us. They're all ready to play the Lakers."

A jumper by Wallace gave the Blazers the lead for good at 71-69 with 6:47 to play. Pippen added two free throws before Stoudamire took over.

He made two foul shots for a 75-69 lead with 5:42 left and added a 3-pointer 44 seconds later. Bryant countered with a jumper -- his first basket of the second half -- but Stoudamire dribbled the length of the court against two defenders and went in for a layup and an 80-71 lead with 3:47 to go.

"I was able to get into the lane and get some buckets and that opened everything up," Stoudamire said.

After O'Neal made two free throws, Stoudamire's 3-pointer made it a 10-point game. O'Neal threw in a hook, but Stoudamire found Wallace for a 3-pointer and an 86-75 bulge with 2:04 to play.

Bryant scored 10 points in the final two minutes, but Portland made 7-of-8 free throws. The Blazers were 25-of-27 from the line overall.

Pippen collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Portland, which shot under 39 percent (33-of-85) from the field but held a 54-36 rebounding advantage.

O'Neal pulled down 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which shot 41 percent (33-of-81) and made 16-of-27 free throws.

Wallace scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Blazers grabbed a 30-20 lead. Bryant responded with 13 in the second period, lifting the Lakers into a 44-44 halftime tie.

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