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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 26 20 26 33 105 PORTLAND 29 21 26 21 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 26, MICHAEL DICKERSON 20, MIKE BIBBY 14 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 15, BONZI WELLS 15, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 15


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (105) AT PORTLAND (97)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 46 9-15 8-8 2 6 8 0 3 0 2 26 LONG F 24 2-5 4-4 0 6 6 1 4 1 1 8 MASSENBURG C 23 4-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 0 1 8 BIBBY G 35 5-11 3-6 1 0 1 10 0 1 4 14 DICKERSON G 42 8-12 4-6 0 3 3 4 4 1 2 20 STRICKLAND 17 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 2 1 6 SWIFT 15 4-6 4-4 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 12 M ABDUL-RAUF 14 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 3 AUSTIN 24 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 0 1 8 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION REEVES DNP - STRAINED RIGHT ROTATOR CUFF

TOTALS 240 39-70 24-30 6 30 36 27 23 6 14 105 (.557) (.800) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 28 6-12 2-2 3 1 4 1 4 3 1 15 WALLACE F 13 1-7 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 0 1 2 DAVIS C 28 3-7 1-1 4 4 8 0 1 1 0 7 STOUDAMIRE G 33 6-15 3-4 2 2 4 5 4 2 4 15 WELLS G 27 6-10 3-4 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 15 KEMP 18 2-4 2-4 1 6 7 2 5 0 1 6 SCHREMPF 25 4-7 0-0 1 4 5 4 3 0 1 8 SABONIS 24 2-10 3-4 1 5 6 1 1 2 1 7 SMITH 28 6-12 0-1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 14 STRICKLAND 16 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 8 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-90 14-20 14 26 40 23 26 9 10 97 (.444) (.700) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

VANCOUVER 26 20 26 33 - 105 PORTLAND 29 21 26 21 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - SWIFT, S ABDUR-RAHIM. PORTLAND - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 3-10 (.300), S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, BIBBY 1-4, STRICKLAND 2-4, M ABDUL-RAUF 0-1. PORTLAND 3-9 (.333), PIPPEN 1-3, WALLACE 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, SABONIS 0-1, SMITH 2-3. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, PORTLAND - WALLACE 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, NOLAN FINE, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 20,580. T - 2:31.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 46 9-15 8-8 2-8 0 3 26 Long 24 2-5 4-4 0-6 1 4 8 Massenburg 23 4-5 0-0 2-7 1 3 8 Bibby 35 5-11 3-6 1-1 10 0 14 Dickerson 42 8-12 4-6 0-3 4 4 20 Strickland 17 2-4 0-0 0-4 4 4 6 Swift 15 4-6 4-4 0-1 0 4 12 M Abdul-rauf 14 1-4 1-2 0-2 3 0 3 Austin 24 4-8 0-0 1-4 4 1 8 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Reeves DNP - strained right rotator cuff _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-70 24-30 6-36 27 23 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.557, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (S Abdur-rahim 0-1, Bibby 1-4, Strickland 2-4, M Abdul-rauf 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Swift, S Abdur-rahim). Turnovers: 15 (Bibby 4, Dickerson 2, S Abdur-rahim 2, Austin, Long, M Abdul-rauf, Massenburg, Strickland, Swift). Steals: 6 (Strickland 2, Bibby, Dickerson, Long, Swift).

PORTLAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 28 6-12 2-2 3-4 1 4 15 Wallace 13 1-7 0-0 2-3 1 3 2 Davis 28 3-7 1-1 4-8 0 1 7 Stoudamire 33 6-15 3-4 2-4 5 4 15 Wells 27 6-10 3-4 0-2 2 1 15 Kemp 18 2-4 2-4 1-7 2 5 6 Schrempf 25 4-7 0-0 1-5 4 3 8 Sabonis 24 2-10 3-4 1-6 1 1 7 Smith 28 6-12 0-1 0-0 2 3 14 Strickland 16 4-6 0-0 0-1 5 1 8 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Barkley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-90 14-20 14-40 23 26 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Pippen 1-3, Wallace 0-1, Stoudamire 0-1, Sabonis 0-1, Smith 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 10 (Stoudamire 4, Kemp, Pippen, Sabonis, Schrempf, Strickland, Wallace). Steals: 9 (Pippen 3, Sabonis 2, Stoudamire 2, Davis, Wells). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 26 20 26 33 - 105 Portland 29 21 26 21 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:45 3rd, 4:58 4th). Portland 2 (Wallace 2 (ejected), 10:26 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,580. T: 2:31. Officials: Terry Durham, Nolan Fine, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Portland Trail Blazers raised a retired number to the rafters and welcomed back an old friend. The Vancouver Grizzlies played basketball.

Halftime ceremonies honoring Trail Blazers great Clyde Drexler and the return of Rod Strickland were obscured by a 105-97 loss to the lowly Grizzlies, who won here for the first time since their initial NBA game.

"It's a disappointing night," Blazers forward Scottie Pippen said. "Such a big night for this organization and do what we did."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 26 points and made two big baskets down the stretch and rookie Stromile Swift had perhaps his best game of the season for Vancouver, which ended a seven-game losing streak.

The Grizzlies seemed to be the perfect patsies for the night's festivities, which included a halftime tribute to Drexler and the hoisting of his No. 22 to the rafters of the Rose Garden. One of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, he spent his first 12 seasons with Portland before finishing his career in Houston, where he won an elusive NBA title.

"People thought it was going to be an emotional lift for them because they were coming in high," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "We played so much under control that we didn't allow the crowd to get into it. I thought our guys did a good job at keeping the crowd quiet for a while and staying in the ballgame."

Those on hand to watch Drexler become the seventh Blazer to have his number retired were former Portland stars Maurice Lucas, Kiki Vandeweghe, Buck Williams and Bill Walton. Strickland also was on hand, but he came to play.

Another star from days past, Strickland was signed Monday after clearing waivers and rejoined the team he ran from 1992-96. He entered at the start of the second quarter to cheers, despite a career that has been marked by trouble off the court.

On the court, the Blazers had all they could handle from the Grizzlies. Vancouver hung around through three quarters before scoring 33 points in the final period to notch its first win in Portland since November 3, 1995. Strickland played for the Blazers in that game.

"I definitely have some rust to get off," said Strickland, who had six points and four assists. "I still have that little uncomfortable feeling just from being in a new situation."

In the final six minutes, there were six lead changes and two ties, the last on a three-point play by Dale Davis that made it 95-95 with two minutes to go.

Abdur-Rahim gave the Grizzlies the lead for good with a tip-in 14 seconds later and used a headfake to get inside a defender and make a running bank shot for a 99-95 advantage with 1:15 to play.

"The last few minutes, everybody knows they're looking for me to shoot the ball," Abdur-Rahim said. "I like that situation and I hit the shots."

Detlef Schrempf missed a corner jumper and Swift, who scored seven of his 12 points in the final period, scored inside with 38 seconds remaining. After a turnover, Michael Dickerson made two free throws to seal it.

"I'm feeling more comfortable and my teammates are making me feel more comfortable," Swift said. "They encourage me when I'm not doing so good. In practices, they show me different things. It's building my confidence."

Swift was the second overall pick in the 2000 draft but has struggled in his rookie season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds.

"The young guy was big, especially down the stretch," added Abdur-Rahim.

Dickerson scored 20 points and Mike Bibby contributed 14 and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who shot 56 percent (39-of-70) from the field and made 24-of-30 free throws.

Pippen, Damon Stoudamire and Bonzi Wells scored 15 points each for the Blazers, who shot 44 percent (40-of-90) and had a four-game winning streak snapped. Portland is just 3-3 at the Rose Garden since a 21-4 start.

The Blazers also missed forward Rasheed Wallace, who again let his temper get the best of him. After making just 1-of-7 shots, Wallace received two technical fouls and was ejected early in the third quarter.

"If you're struggling to score, you'd like your All-Star player out there," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

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