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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 21 21 22 23 87 PORTLAND 22 25 25 18 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - DONYELL MARSHALL 24, KARL MALONE 22, BRYON RUSSELL 10 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 20, ARVYDAS SABONIS 18, BONZI WELLS 15


Extended Box

UTAH (87) AT PORTLAND (90)

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

MALONE F 38 9-15 4-5 3 5 8 4 2 0 6 22 MARSHALL F 36 8-16 6-7 3 2 5 0 0 1 4 24 POLYNICE C 14 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 STARKS G 29 2-8 2-2 0 4 4 4 4 3 2 7 STOCKTON G 33 3-9 2-2 1 2 3 10 2 1 2 9 VAUGHN 15 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 OSTERTAG 19 3-5 0-2 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 7 RUSSELL 31 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 0 3 10 MANNING 17 1-7 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 3 1 3 D BENOIT 5 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 0 0 0 PADGETT 3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 17-22 11 24 35 23 25 10 19 87 (.419) (.773) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(14 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 43 7-13 6-6 1 3 4 1 3 6 3 20 WALLACE F 33 3-9 1-1 1 3 4 1 5 0 2 7 SABONIS C 24 7-9 4-4 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 18 STOUDAMIRE G 30 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 9 2 1 0 4 WELLS G 25 4-8 7-9 0 3 3 1 3 1 2 15 DAVIS 25 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 2 STRICKLAND 17 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 1 2 2 SMITH 29 4-11 4-4 0 6 6 3 2 1 1 15 SCHREMPF 14 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 7 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ANTHONY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KEMP DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-66 22-24 5 26 31 19 23 10 15 90 (.485) (.917) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

UTAH 21 21 22 23 - 87 PORTLAND 22 25 25 18 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - STOCKTON, MALONE, MARSHALL. PORTLAND - SABONIS 2, WALLACE, DAVIS, SCHREMPF. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 8-19 (.421), MARSHALL 2-5, STARKS 1-4, STOCKTON 1-4, VAUGHN 1-1, OSTERTAG 1-1, RUSSELL 2-3, MANNING 0-1. PORTLAND 4-16 (.250), PIPPEN 0-3, WALLACE 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, WELLS 0-1, SMITH 3-8, SCHREMPF 1-2. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MARSHALL, PORTLAND - PIPPEN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TED BERNHARDT, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 20,580. T - 2:17.


Box Score

UTAH (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 38 9-15 4-5 3-8 4 2 22 Marshall 36 8-16 6-7 3-5 0 0 24 Polynice 14 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 Starks 29 2-8 2-2 0-4 4 4 7 Stockton 33 3-9 2-2 1-3 10 2 9 Vaughn 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 Ostertag 19 3-5 0-2 2-3 1 1 7 Russell 31 3-7 2-2 1-2 2 4 10 Manning 17 1-7 1-2 0-3 0 1 3 D Benoit 5 0-2 0-0 0-4 0 4 0 Padgett 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Crotty DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 17-22 11-35 23 25 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Marshall 2-5, Starks 1-4, Stockton 1-4, Vaughn 1-1, Ostertag 1-1, Russell 2-3, Manning 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Stockton, Malone, Marshall). Turnovers: 19 (Malone 6, Marshall 4, Russell 3, Starks 2, Stockton 2, Manning, Ostertag). Steals: 10 (Manning 3, Starks 3, Marshall, Ostertag, Polynice, Stockton).

PORTLAND (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 43 7-13 6-6 1-4 1 3 20 Wallace 33 3-9 1-1 1-4 1 5 7 Sabonis 24 7-9 4-4 1-4 0 1 18 Stoudamire 30 2-6 0-0 1-2 9 2 4 Wells 25 4-8 7-9 0-3 1 3 15 Davis 25 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 Strickland 17 1-3 0-0 1-4 3 1 2 Smith 29 4-11 4-4 0-6 3 2 15 Schrempf 14 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 7 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Anthony DNP - coach's decision Kemp DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-66 22-24 5-31 19 23 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.485, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Pippen 0-3, Wallace 0-1, Stoudamire 0-1, Wells 0-1, Smith 3-8, Schrempf 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Sabonis 2, Wallace, Davis, Schrempf). Turnovers: 18 (Pippen 3, Sabonis 2, Schrempf 2, Strickland 2, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Davis, Smith). Steals: 10 (Pippen 6, Smith, Stoudamire, Strickland, Wells). ____________________________________________ Utah 21 21 22 23 - 87 Portland 22 25 25 18 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 1 (Marshall, 0:05 2nd). Portland 3 (Pippen, 0:05 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 5:52 4th, 5:12 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,580. T: 2:17. Officials: Hue Hollins, Ted Bernhardt, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Scottie Pippen helped the Portland Trail Blazers get back on the winning track just in time.

Pippen had 20 points, six steals and the biggest rebound of the game as the Trail Blazers snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 90-87 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Considered the most talented team in the NBA, the Trail Blazers were mired in their longest losing streak in more than three years. They fell from first to fifth in the Western Conference standings and were in danger of dropping deeper.

On Sunday, Portland begins a three-game road trip that goes to San Antonio, Dallas and Utah. But before departing, the Trail Blazers had to contend with the Jazz, who are battling for the top spot in the West.

In a must-win situation, the Blazers did. They got an early boost from Pippen, took the lead for good in the third quarter and held on down the stretch.

"It's a great feeling," Pippen said. "It was a very tough losing streak for us because a lot of guys haven't been through it. There was no other way to turn, other than to go out there and work your butt off."

"Energy-wise he was great. He had six steals in the first half and was really flying around," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He played with that intensity that was contagious."

Arvydas Sabonis scored 18 points and Bonzi Wells and Steve Smith added 15 apiece for the Blazers, who beat the Jazz for the second time in three meetings this season. The teams meet again in Utah on Wednesday.

"It was a big challenge for us as a team because this losing streak could have kept going," Pippen said. "Going on the road makes it more difficult and really shakes your confidence."

"We want to build on this," Dunleavy said of the road trip. "It's not where we play, but how we play."

Donyell Marshall scored 24 points and Karl Malone added 22 for Utah, which had a chance to tie on its last possession. But John Stockton missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with under six seconds remaining, Pippen grabbed the rebound and threw an outlet pass before the Jazz could foul him, allowing the clock to run out.

"We had an opportunity at the end, but we had dug ourselves such a big hole earlier, we just couldn't do it" Stockton said. "It's the kiss of death to get behind a team like Portland and have to make it up at the end."

The Jazz almost did it, however. They trailed 81-71 after a jumper by Detlef Schrempf with 6:41 remaining but closed to 84-80 on John Starks' 3-pointer less than four minutes later.

Foul-plagued Rasheed Wallace, who was limited to seven points, answered with a layup but Utah kept coming. Malone and Marshall scored around a jumper by Damon Stoudamire and two free throws by Bryon Russell made it 88-87 with 14 seconds to go.

Smith sank two free throws to set up Utah's final possession. Stockton -- who made a 3-pointer after the whistle had blown on the previous possession -- came up the right side and got a good look but misfired.

The Blazers shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66) from the field and made 22-of-24 free throws. The Jazz shot 42 percent (31-of-74) and made 8-of-19 3-pointers.

"If you really want to analyze it, we played a really good team, one of the top teams of the league," Dunleavy said. "In a game where your best player is in foul trouble and didn't have a great night, everyone else picked it up, did what they needed to do and came up with a big win."

"We knew they weren't going to go the rest of the season without winning a game and we're pretty good medicine for a lot of teams," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.

Pippen scored 16 points in the first half, helping Portland to a 47-42 lead. The Blazers took the lead for good at 63-60 with 3:19 left in the third quarter on a three-point play by Wells that started a 12-4 run.

Wells and Sabonis scored six points each in the burst, which closed the period and gave Portland a 72-64 lead.

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