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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 14 24 25 33 96 DALLAS 24 19 22 23 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 18, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 16, BONZI WELLS 15 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 24, JUWAN HOWARD 20, DIRK NOWITZKI 15

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 11, RASHEED WALLACE 8 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 13, JUWAN HOWARD 10

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - ROD STRICKLAND 7, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6 DAL - STEVE NASH 9, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

PORTLAND (96) AT DALLAS (88)

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

PIPPEN F 35 7-13 1-2 4 2 6 5 1 1 3 16 WALLACE F 47 7-11 4-4 0 8 8 4 4 0 2 18 DAVIS C 27 4-7 1-2 3 8 11 0 4 1 1 9 STOUDAMIRE G 28 2-9 7-10 0 7 7 6 2 0 3 11 WELLS G 37 7-13 1-2 1 5 6 3 3 0 4 15 SMITH 31 2-3 4-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 8 SCHREMPF 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 21 5-12 0-0 2 1 3 7 1 2 0 10 KEMP 11 4-7 1-1 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 9 ANTHONY DNP - COACH'S DECISION AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 38-76 19-25 11 39 50 26 22 4 14 96 (.500) (.760) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 43 9-18 2-4 3 7 10 2 6 0 2 20 NOWITZKI F 44 5-14 1-2 3 10 13 2 3 3 2 15 BRADLEY C 34 3-4 1-2 3 2 5 2 5 0 2 7 FINLEY G 42 9-22 5-6 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 24 NASH G 37 2-12 4-7 1 4 5 9 3 1 1 9 EISLEY 12 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 2 BUCKNER 22 4-6 3-4 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 11 MAXWELL 6 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAJERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION TRENT DNP - BRUISED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 33-84 16-25 12 27 39 19 26 5 8 88 (.393) (.640) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(14 PTS)

PORTLAND 14 24 25 33 - 96 DALLAS 24 19 22 23 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - STOUDAMIRE, WALLACE. DALLAS - HOWARD 5, NOWITZKI 2, BRADLEY 2, FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 1-5 (.200), PIPPEN 1-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-3, SMITH 0-1. DALLAS 6-22 (.273), NOWITZKI 4-8, FINLEY 1-5, NASH 1-4, EISLEY 0-3, MAXWELL 0-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - SCHREMPF (EJECTED), WALLACE, PIPPEN 2 (EJECTED), DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, SCOTT FOSTER, SCOTT WALL. A - 18,187. T - 2:16.


Box Score

PORTLAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 35 7-13 1-2 4-6 5 1 16 Wallace 47 7-11 4-4 0-8 4 4 18 Davis 27 4-7 1-2 3-11 0 4 9 Stoudamire 28 2-9 7-10 0-7 6 2 11 Wells 37 7-13 1-2 1-6 3 3 15 Smith 31 2-3 4-4 0-5 1 2 8 Schrempf 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Strickland 21 5-12 0-0 2-3 7 1 10 Kemp 11 4-7 1-1 1-4 0 2 9 Anthony DNP - coach's decision Augmon DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-76 19-25 11-50 26 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Pippen 1-1, Stoudamire 0-3, Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Stoudamire, Wallace). Turnovers: 15 (Wells 4, Pippen 3, Stoudamire 3, Wallace 2, Davis, Smith). Steals: 4 (Strickland 2, Davis, Pippen).

DALLAS (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 43 9-18 2-4 3-10 2 6 20 Nowitzki 44 5-14 1-2 3-13 2 3 15 Bradley 34 3-4 1-2 3-5 2 5 7 Finley 42 9-22 5-6 1-3 2 2 24 Nash 37 2-12 4-7 1-5 9 3 9 Eisley 12 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 Buckner 22 4-6 3-4 1-1 1 2 11 Maxwell 6 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision Najera DNP - coach's decision Trent DNP - bruised right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-84 16-25 12-39 19 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Nowitzki 4-8, Finley 1-5, Nash 1-4, Eisley 0-3, Maxwell 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 10 (Howard 5, Nowitzki 2, Bradley 2, Finley). Turnovers: 9 (Bradley 2, Howard 2, Nowitzki 2, Finley, Nash). Steals: 5 (Nowitzki 3, Finley, Nash). ____________________________________________ Portland 14 24 25 33 - 96 Dallas 24 19 22 23 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 4 (Schrempf (ejected), 1:07 1st; Wallace, 5:37 2nd; Pippen 2 (ejected), 0:00 3rd, 6:35 4th). Dallas 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:28 2nd, 2:51 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:16. Officials: Joe Derosa, Scott Foster, Scott Wall.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Rod Strickland finally showed he is more than a jinx.

Given control of the offense in the fourth quarter, Strickland led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 96-88 victory over the upstart Dallas Mavericks, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

"It felt great to be out there and be on the winning side of it," Strickland said. "I just hope we can continue to do that."

"He played excellent for us," Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He did a good job of making some plays, had some good reads and obviously, made some big shots."

A terrific offensive player, Strickland was waived by the Washington Wizards late last month and signed by Portland, where he spent four seasons earlier in his career. His acquisition immediately raised questions about the allocation of playing time, already an issue on the talented Trail Blazers.

Upon his arrival, Portland began a season-high five-game losing streak. The 6-3 guard had little to do with the team's troubles but appeared to be some sort of a bad luck charm as the Blazers slid in the Western Conference standings.

"No, no," Strickland said. "Obviously, you don't feel good about it. That's just how it is."

Monday's loss in San Antonio was Portland's sixth in seven games and dropped it one-half game behind surging Dallas into sixth place in the West. In his best game since his return, Strickland made sure the Blazers reclaimed fifth place.

In 21 minutes, Strickland had 10 points and seven assists. He played the entire fourth quarter and scored eight points, including a pair of jumpers from the low post as he worked over the smaller Steve Nash.

"I pretty much just tried to make something happen," Strickland said. "I just had some opportunities to get to the basket."

"(That) definitely hurt us," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "They posted Steve Nash up on two occasions. You heard us both times tell it was good strategy on Mike's part."

Rasheed Wallace scored 18 points for the Blazers (44-24), who had five players in double figures and held the Mavericks without a basket for more than three minutes down the stretch.

"Obviously, at this point in time when you've lost five of your last six games, the very next game is a very big win," Dunleavy said. "Obviously they were ahead of us in the standings and now they're behind us. It's big in that sense, but every game right now, there's no easy games for any of these teams in the top eight, nine or ten, looking at the playoff picture."

Michael Finley scored 24 points but was quiet in crunch time for Dallas, which also had a six-game home winning streak snapped.

"We really didn't play that well," Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "We didn't make our shots and our running game wasn't working. You have give Portland their props, they played good defense on us."

Strickland made a mid-range jumper and layup early in the final period, keeping the Blazers within striking distance. A layup and dunk by Bonzi Wells and two free throws by Wallace gave Portland a 79-76 lead before Nash made a 3-pointer to tie it with 3:53 remaining.

Wells found Dale Davis for a dunk and Strickland went into the low post against Nash, drawing an illegal defense technical foul on Dallas. Steve Smith made the free throw and the Blazers went right back to Strickland, whose turnaround jumper made it 84-79 with 2:40 to go.

After a shot-clock violation, Portland went back to Strickland in the post. This time, he turned toward the basket and scored over Nash for a seven-point bulge with 1:53 left. A drive by Wells extended the lead to 88-80 with 48 seconds to play.

"Some of our smaller guys posted up well," Dunleavy said. "Rod gave us some big baskets down the stretch. Obviously, all of that was vital to us."

Scottie Pippen scored 16 points and Wells added 15 for Portland, which shot 50 percent (38-of-76) from the field and held a 50-39 advantage on the boards. Davis pulled down 11 rebounds.

Juwan Howard had 20 points and 10 boards and Nowitzki added 15 and 13 for the Mavs, who shot just 39 percent (33-of-84), including 6-of-22 from 3-point range. Nash had nine points and nine assists.

"The bottom line to this game was that we didn't shoot well enough or play well enough to win," Nelson said. "We just didn't play well enough. We've been playing great but we didn't play well tonight and they had a lot to do with that."

Finley scored 15 points in the first half, when the Mavs led by as many as 12 points before settling for a 43-38 advantage.

In the third quarter, Pippen scored 14 points to get the Blazers back in it. When Damon Stoudamire hit two free throws to give Portland a 60-59 lead with 3:12 left, it marked the first time Dallas trailed since one week ago against New Jersey.

"The third quarter gave me an opportunity to be a little bit more aggressive," Pippen said. "I saw the game kind of pulling away and it gave me an opportunity to step up and be a little bit more aggressive. It worked out great for us."

"He was being aggressive, taking the ball to the rim," Dunleavy said. "That's what we wanted. We wanted our guys to be aggressive, we wanted them to finish and to follow in if the shot blockers came to the penetration and be able to clean all that up."

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