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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA CLIPPERS 26 20 16 19 81 PORTLAND 25 20 24 25 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAC - ERIC PIATKOWSKI 15, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 13, COREY MAGGETTE 13 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 23, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 17, RASHEED WALLACE 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 8, DARIUS MILES 5 POR - DALE DAVIS 8, BONZI WELLS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 4, LAMAR ODOM 4 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 9, BONZI WELLS 5

ATT: 20,352


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (81) AT PORTLAND (94)

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

ODOM F 27 1-2 1-2 0 3 3 4 2 1 1 3 PARKS F 18 5-9 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 10 OLOWOKANDI C 34 5-11 3-4 2 6 8 3 0 1 1 13 MCINNIS G 32 2-12 1-2 0 4 4 4 1 0 0 5 PIATKOWSKI G 29 3-6 6-6 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 15 MILES 30 5-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 3 10 RICHARDSON 19 2-6 3-4 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 8 DOOLING 16 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 4 3 ROOKS 14 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 MAGGETTE 21 4-7 3-4 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 13 SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-65 19-26 5 28 33 17 14 5 13 81 (.431) (.731) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 41 5-9 1-2 0 4 4 4 4 2 3 11 WALLACE F 34 7-12 1-2 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 15 DAVIS C 22 1-1 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 0 0 2 STOUDAMIRE G 36 8-17 0-0 1 4 5 9 1 4 1 17 WELLS G 31 4-6 3-6 1 6 7 5 2 1 4 11 SMITH 24 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 7 KEMP 14 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 6 SABONIS 25 10-17 3-3 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 23 AUGMON 13 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 ANTHONY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHREMPF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-79 10-15 9 31 40 27 19 7 10 94 (.519) (.667) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

LA CLIPPERS 26 20 16 19 - 81 PORTLAND 25 20 24 25 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - ODOM, OLOWOKANDI, MILES. PORTLAND - SABONIS 3, KEMP, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 6-12 (.500), MCINNIS 0-2, PIATKOWSKI 3-5, RICHARDSON 1-2, DOOLING 0-1, MAGGETTE 2-2. PORTLAND 2-12 (.167), PIPPEN 0-2, WALLACE 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 1-5, SMITH 1-3, SABONIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DERRICK STAFFORD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 20,352. T - 2:01.


Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 27 1-2 1-2 0-3 4 2 3 Parks 18 5-9 0-0 2-2 0 3 10 Olowokandi 34 5-11 3-4 2-8 3 0 13 Mcinnis 32 2-12 1-2 0-4 4 1 5 Piatkowski 29 3-6 6-6 0-2 1 2 15 Miles 30 5-7 0-0 1-5 0 2 10 Richardson 19 2-6 3-4 0-2 1 0 8 Dooling 16 1-3 1-2 0-2 2 2 3 Rooks 14 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 Maggette 21 4-7 3-4 0-3 1 2 13 Skinner DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-65 19-26 5-33 17 14 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Mcinnis 0-2, Piatkowski 3-5, Richardson 1-2, Dooling 0-1, Maggette 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Odom, Olowokandi, Miles). Turnovers: 13 (Dooling 4, Miles 3, Maggette 2, Odom, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Rooks). Steals: 5 (Maggette, Odom, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Richardson).

PORTLAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 41 5-9 1-2 0-4 4 4 11 Wallace 34 7-12 1-2 2-6 2 2 15 Davis 22 1-1 0-0 3-8 1 2 2 Stoudamire 36 8-17 0-0 1-5 9 1 17 Wells 31 4-6 3-6 1-7 5 2 11 Smith 24 2-8 2-2 0-1 2 3 7 Kemp 14 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 1 6 Sabonis 25 10-17 3-3 1-6 0 4 23 Augmon 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Anthony DNP - coach's decision Barkley DNP - coach's decision Schrempf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 10-15 9-40 27 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Pippen 0-2, Wallace 0-1, Stoudamire 1-5, Smith 1-3, Sabonis 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Sabonis 3, Kemp, Wallace). Turnovers: 10 (Wells 4, Pippen 3, Kemp, Sabonis, Stoudamire). Steals: 7 (Stoudamire 4, Pippen 2, Wells). ____________________________________________ La Clippers 26 20 16 19 - 81 Portland 25 20 24 25 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,352. T: 2:01. Officials: Ron Garretson, Derrick Stafford, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Faced with the prospect of losing their third straight meeting with the Western Conference's youngest team, the Portland Trail Blazers showed the experience that makes them legitimate title contenders.

Arvydas Sabonis scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half as Portland dominated the final 24 minutes en route to a 94-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 7-3 Sabonis came off the bench and made 10-of-17 shots from the field, including a long jumper in the fourth quarter that just missed being his first 3-pointer of the season.

"Sabonis came in and gave us a big lift offensively -- taking kicks when we would penetrate and hitting shots," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Tonight he did a very good job of establishing himself in the post and making himself available."

"He made some of those hook shots that everyone who hadn't seen him play go `What is he doing?'" Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "But if you've seen him play you know he is very capable of making those shots."

Trying to be the first team to defeat Portland three times this season, Los Angeles had a 46-45 lead at halftime, but Damon Stoudamire gave the Blazers the lead with the first shot of the second half and they never relinquished it.

Portland shot 52 percent (41-of-79) overall but made just 2-of-12 from the arc and only attempted 15 free throws on its home floor.

Stoudamire had 17 points, nine assists and four steals. Rasheed Wallace scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half for the Blazers, who remained percentage points behind Utah for the top spot in the Western Conference.

"The second halves of the last three games is where we want to be," Dunleavy said. "In the last week or so we have had a better understanding of what we want to do."

Portland opened a 75-64 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Clippers scored five straight points and closed within six on a 3-pointer by rookie Quentin Richardson with 8:11 to go.

After the teams traded baskets, Sabonis scored nine points during a 10-2 run that gave the Blazers an 87-73 advantage with less than five minutes left.

"When he is able to score inside, it makes this much easier," said Portland forward Scottie Pippen, who scored 11 points. "He can't give it to us every night but he came out strong tonight against a team that we have struggled against."

After the key spurt, Portland made three of its next four shots to build a 16-point lead and put away the game.

"Once (the Blazers) get up on you they smell blood," Clippers guard Eric Piatkowski said. "They turn up the defense and they come down and get into more of an offensive flow. It's awful hard to come back on them because they are so smart."

In the second half, the Clippers shot just 34 percent (11-of-32) and scored 35 points. They dropped their third straight game since a double-overtime victory over Portland on February 24.

Los Angeles' inept offense in the second half could be attributed to the loss of Lamar Odom midway through the second quarter after he fell on his side. Odom, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, returned after halftime but left with four minutes left in the third quarter and did not return.

"I just fell on my hip and got a little hip pointer," Odom said. "I couldn't help the team so I let them finish it out. I'm just going to try to treat it and to go tomorrow."

Odom finished with three points, four assists and three rebounds in 27 minutes.

"When Lamar is in the game we play a lot smarter in terms of making better decisions and when we need key baskets, he's able to deliver," Clippers center Michael Olowokandi said. "Without him, we were sort of all over the place, our offense was very haphazard."

"Once we got behind without Lamar it was a little tough for us," Gentry said. "In the last six minutes of the game we had a 19-year-old, three 20-year-olds and Michael Olowokandi, who is 25. We're not ready to do that without Lamar."

"We could have made some better decisions as to what lineup went out there, but there are certain things that are beyond my control," said Olowokandi. "The lineup we had out there against them, you should have seen us. We looked like a bunch of midgets compared to them out there."

Piatkowski scored 15 points and Corey Maggette added 13 off the bench. Olowokandi had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who have not won the season series from the Blazers since the 1973-74 season, when they were the Buffalo Braves.

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