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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 26 13 18 24 81 PORTLAND 27 17 15 33 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 22, ELTON BRAND 18, BRAD MILLER 12 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 23, STEVE SMITH 18, RASHEED WALLACE 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 12, BRAD MILLER 12 POR - DALE DAVIS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7, BONZI WELLS 5

ATT: 19,980


Extended Box

CHICAGO (81) AT PORTLAND (92)

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

ARTEST F 16 4-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 9 BRAND F 44 9-24 0-0 8 4 12 6 3 0 7 18 MILLER C 40 6-13 0-0 2 10 12 5 4 0 2 12 DREW G 25 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 1 1 4 MERCER G 44 8-20 4-4 1 3 4 3 0 4 1 22 HOIBERG 39 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 2 1 11 CRAWFORD 23 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 4 1 1 3 5 BAGARIC 8 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 C BENJAMIN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EL AMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FIZER DNP - STOMACH VIRUS TARLAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-82 5-6 13 23 36 26 17 8 16 81 (.427) (.833) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 24 3-6 1-2 3 2 5 3 0 0 0 7 WALLACE F 37 6-14 2-2 1 6 7 4 1 0 2 14 DAVIS C 29 5-11 1-1 4 4 8 3 3 0 1 11 STOUDAMIRE G 29 3-9 2-2 1 5 6 7 3 3 5 8 WELLS G 37 3-8 0-2 3 4 7 5 2 3 2 6 SABONIS 23 8-10 7-9 0 5 5 1 2 2 2 23 SMITH 36 7-10 4-4 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 18 ANTHONY 19 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 KEMP 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-74 17-22 15 29 44 25 14 11 17 92 (.500) (.773) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 26 13 18 24 - 81 PORTLAND 27 17 15 33 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - ARTEST 2, BRAND. PORTLAND - DAVIS 4, WALLACE 3, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-10 (.600), MERCER 2-3, HOIBERG 3-5, CRAWFORD 1-2. PORTLAND 1-5 (.200), STOUDAMIRE 0-1, SMITH 0-1, ANTHONY 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TIM DONAGHY, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,980. T - 1:58.


Box Score

CHICAGO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 16 4-5 1-2 0-2 0 4 9 Brand 44 9-24 0-0 8-12 6 3 18 Miller 40 6-13 0-0 2-12 5 4 12 Drew 25 2-7 0-0 0-3 3 4 4 Mercer 44 8-20 4-4 1-4 3 0 22 Hoiberg 39 4-7 0-0 0-1 5 1 11 Crawford 23 2-4 0-0 1-1 4 1 5 Bagaric 8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 C Benjamin 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 El Amin DNP - coach's decision Fizer DNP - stomach virus Tarlac DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 5-6 13-36 26 17 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Mercer 2-3, Hoiberg 3-5, Crawford 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Artest 2, Brand). Turnovers: 16 (Brand 7, Crawford 3, Miller 2, Artest, Drew, Hoiberg, Mercer). Steals: 8 (Mercer 4, Hoiberg 2, Crawford, Drew).

PORTLAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 24 3-6 1-2 3-5 3 0 7 Wallace 37 6-14 2-2 1-7 4 1 14 Davis 29 5-11 1-1 4-8 3 3 11 Stoudamire 29 3-9 2-2 1-6 7 3 8 Wells 37 3-8 0-2 3-7 5 2 6 Sabonis 23 8-10 7-9 0-5 1 2 23 Smith 36 7-10 4-4 2-4 1 2 18 Anthony 19 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Kemp 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Barkley DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 17-22 15-44 25 14 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Stoudamire 0-1, Smith 0-1, Anthony 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 8 (Davis 4, Wallace 3, Smith). Turnovers: 18 (Stoudamire 5, Anthony 2, Sabonis 2, Smith 2, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Davis, Kemp). Steals: 11 (Stoudamire 3, Wells 3, Kemp 2, Sabonis 2, Smith). ____________________________________________ Chicago 26 13 18 24 - 81 Portland 27 17 15 33 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,980. T: 1:58. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Tim Donaghy, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Whether it was the booing from the crowd or the yelling from coach Mike Dunleavy, something woke up the Portland Trail Blazers.

Seemingly headed for an inexplicable home loss, the Trail Blazers regrouped behind Arvydas Sabonis and Steve Smith and rallied for a 92-81 victory over the Chicago Bulls, who have dropped 12 straight games.

Portland, which came in with 26 more wins than Chicago, played uninspired basketball for nearly all of the first three periods. The Blazers went more than six minutes without a basket in the third quarter and trailed 57-49 on a jumper by Ron Mercer with 3:16 left.

The crowd of 19,980 began booing as Dunleavy called timeout. After being dressed down, the players responded by closing the quarter with 10 straight points -- six by Sabonis and four by Smith -- to take the lead for good.

"The (automatic) timeout was coming but I couldn't wait any longer for them," Dunleavy said. "Fortunately we came out and picked our defense up, made a good run, got ourselves back in the game before the quarter's over. Prior to that we were just soft."

The message from bith Dunleavy and the fans got through to the players.

"He wasn't pleased with our effort, partuclarly the way we handled the basketball," reserve guard Greg Anthony said.

"It wasn't pretty much what Dunleavy said," Smith said. "The score said it all. We didn't want to lose the game. Not saying that because they're the bulls, they're just a team we're supposed to beat."

The Blazers used a pair of 8-0 bursts to keep the Bulls at bay in the fourth quarter and improve to 17-4 at the Rose Garden. Sabonis scored a season-high 23 points and Smith added 18.

"We had a good fourth quarter and that was it," Dunleavy said. "They played harder than we did. They played better than we did. We picked it up in the fourth quarter just enough for the win."

Mercer scored 22 points for the Bulls (6-38), whose skid is the longest in the NBA this season. They have not won since a 98-96 victory over Washington on January 4.

"I have to credit Portland's presence down the stretch," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "Their veterans played well. Sabonis got a couple of key rebounds when we were up (eight) and then he and Smith hit some key baskets."

A dunk by Rasheed Wallace, who was named to the All-Star team earlier in the day, gave Portland a 46-39 lead with 10:43 left in the third quarter. But the Blazers went 6:04 without a hoop and the Bulls put together an 18-3 run.

Elton Brand scored 10 straight points to give Chicago a 49-46 lead. He added two more baskets before Mercer's shot forced the Blazers to call time.

"We have simply got to do a better job or we will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs," Dunleavy said. "We were careless with the ball and on nights like this when we play soft, we are not the kind of team that has a chance at the championship."

Brand's jumper had the Bulls within 67-66 with 8:03 remaining. Sabonis had a three-point play and Smith a tip-in before Greg Anthony sank a 3-pointer for a 75-66 advantage with 6:58 left.

A reverse layup by Brad Miller cut the deficit to 78-74 with 5:08 to go before Sabonis had a pair of baskets around a layup by Smith and added two free throws to seal it at 86-74 with 3:07 to play.

"Sabonis was the difference tonight," Floyd said. "And isn't it a nice twist to be able to bring a couple of Olympians (Sabonis and Smith) off the bench?"

Wallace scored 14 points and Dale Davis added 11 for Portland, which shot 50 percent (37-of-74) from the field and held a 44-36 rebounding advantage.

Brand had 18 points and 12 boards and Miller added 12 and 12 for Chicago, which shot 43 percent (35-of-82) and attempted just six free throws, making five.

"The thing I don't understand is how Elton Brand can take 24 shots and clear eight rebounds and never get to the line," Floyd said.

The Bulls played without rookies Marcus Fizer (stomach virus) and Khalid El-Amin (coach's decision), who are a regular part of their rotation.

Despite the lethargy, the Blazers still opened a 44-39 halftime lead. Wallace scored 10 points to offset Mercer's 10.

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