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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 23 31 23 23 100 LA LAKERS 29 24 31 21 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 28, STEVE SMITH 24, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 14 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 33, KOBE BRYANT 25, DEREK FISHER 21

HIGH REBOUND: POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 8, RASHEED WALLACE 7 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 18, RICK FOX 6

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 5, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

PORTLAND (100) AT LA LAKERS (105)

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

PIPPEN F 39 4-10 1-1 1 4 5 3 6 2 0 9 WALLACE F 47 10-24 5-8 3 4 7 5 2 0 1 28 SABONIS C 19 4-10 1-1 2 6 8 0 5 0 0 9 SMITH G 36 7-12 8-8 1 0 1 1 3 1 0 24 STOUDAMIRE G 39 6-14 0-0 0 5 5 5 1 0 2 14 AUGMON 16 2-6 3-4 3 1 4 1 2 1 0 7 DAVIS 29 1-3 1-4 2 3 5 1 4 1 0 3 STRICKLAND 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 HARVEY 1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ANTHONY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHREMPF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 21-28 12 24 36 17 23 5 5 100 (.439) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 5(6 PTS)

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

FOX F 38 5-8 0-0 1 5 6 4 4 0 0 14 GRANT F 26 1-5 2-2 3 2 5 2 5 0 1 4 ONEAL C 43 11-21 11-16 4 14 18 4 4 0 3 33 BRYANT G 45 9-21 7-10 0 4 4 7 4 1 1 25 FISHER G 40 7-12 3-4 0 4 4 4 3 1 1 21 HORRY 22 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 5 SHAW 13 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 MADSEN 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 GEORGE 7 0-3 1-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 PENBERTHY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 24-34 12 32 44 22 26 2 8 105 (.468) (.706) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

PORTLAND 23 31 23 23 - 100 LA LAKERS 29 24 31 21 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, STOUDAMIRE. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, FISHER, BRYANT, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 7-17 (.412), PIPPEN 0-2, WALLACE 3-8, SMITH 2-3, STOUDAMIRE 2-4. LA LAKERS 9-18 (.500), FOX 4-6, BRYANT 0-2, FISHER 4-6, HORRY 1-3, GEORGE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, RODNEY MOTT, DICK BAVETTA. A - 18,997. T - 2:32.


Box Score

PORTLAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 39 4-10 1-1 1-5 3 6 9 Wallace 47 10-24 5-8 3-7 5 2 28 Sabonis 19 4-10 1-1 2-8 0 5 9 Smith 36 7-12 8-8 1-1 1 3 24 Stoudamire 39 6-14 0-0 0-5 5 1 14 Augmon 16 2-6 3-4 3-4 1 2 7 Davis 29 1-3 1-4 2-5 1 4 3 Strickland 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Harvey 1 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Anthony 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Perdue DNP - coach's decision Schrempf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 21-28 12-36 17 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Pippen 0-2, Wallace 3-8, Smith 2-3, Stoudamire 2-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Wallace, Stoudamire). Turnovers: 5 (Stoudamire 2, Anthony, Strickland, Wallace). Steals: 5 (Pippen 2, Augmon, Davis, Smith).

LA LAKERS (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 38 5-8 0-0 1-6 4 4 14 Grant 26 1-5 2-2 3-5 2 5 4 Oneal 43 11-21 11-16 4-18 4 4 33 Bryant 45 9-21 7-10 0-4 7 4 25 Fisher 40 7-12 3-4 0-4 4 3 21 Horry 22 2-5 0-0 2-5 0 3 5 Shaw 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Madsen 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 George 7 0-3 1-2 2-2 0 0 1 Penberthy 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision Medvedenko DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 24-34 12-44 22 26 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Fox 4-6, Bryant 0-2, Fisher 4-6, Horry 1-3, George 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 2, Fisher, Bryant, Grant). Turnovers: 8 (Oneal 3, Shaw 2, Bryant, Fisher, Grant). Steals: 2 (Bryant, Fisher). ____________________________________________ Portland 23 31 23 23 - 100 La Lakers 29 24 31 21 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Portland 1 (Sabonis, 7:22 3rd). A: 18,997. T: 2:32. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Rodney Mott, Dick Bavetta.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal had a big game and Robert Horry hit a big shot.

O'Neal had 33 points, 18 rebounds and the go-ahead basket and Horry followed with a clutch 3-pointer to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to their season-high seventh straight victory, 105-100 over the struggling Portland Trail Blazers.

The best rivalry in the NBA produced another emotional and tight game, which may not be the last between the teams this season. After meeting in an epic Western Conference finals series last year, the Lakers and Trail Blazers could meet in the first round this year.

The 7-2 O'Neal was his usual unstoppable self, making 11-of-21 shots and 11-of-16 free throws. He overpowered Arvydas Sabonis and Dale Davis in his 10th straight 30-point game.

After fiery forward Rasheed Wallace made 1-of-2 free throws to give Portland a 100-99 lead with 2:12 to play, O'Neal answered with a jumper in the lane 22 seconds later.

"We have been there many times over the past few years," O'Neal said. "We know what it takes to close a game. We knew it was all about us playing well, taking smart shots and playing very intense defense. These last seven games, we've been doing it."

O'Neal's presence in the paint opened the floor for the rest of the Lakers, who made 9-of-18 3-pointers. Portland's Damon Stoudamire missed a pull-up jumper in the lane and Horry -- who had made just one basket in the last five games -- drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner for a 104-100 lead with 1:06 to go.

"When I'm open now, I don't hesitate," Horry said. "I know what I'm supposed to do in this offense. I had only made one of my last seven 3-pointers, but that doesn't matter when you're open and the shot is yours."

Horry rebounded a miss by Stoudamire and Portland inexplicably did not foul right away. Kobe Bryant's free throw with 16 seconds remaining closed the scoring.

The Lakers (55-26) have struggled somewhat this season but are coming together at the right time. Their winning streak has moved them one-half game ahead of Sacramento (54-26) in the Pacific Division.

"Our playoffs started a week ago," Lakers forward Rick Fox said. "We're in the groove now and I like our chances."

If the teams finish tied, the defending NBA champion Lakers have the tiebreaker and would be seeded second in the Western Conference playoffs -- where they could meet the Trail Blazers.

"We don't fear the building," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "If we play the Lakers it will be a matter of which team plays the best. But they would be a hell of a first-round opponent."

Portland (50-31) led the West on March 5 but has lost 13 of its last 21 games to drop into seventh-place, one-half game behind Phoenix. The No. 7 seed faces the No. 2 in the opening round.

"To win a championship you have to beat everyone," defiant BLazers guard Steve Smith said. "So if we have to play the Lakers, that's just part of the test."

"It'll be tough no matter who we play," Davis added. "We've put ourselves in a difficult position. We'll have to face them sooner or later. It looks like sooner."

A brief stretch of the third quarter displayed all you needed to know about where both teams may be headed. Wallace took an accidental hard blow to the face from the 7-3 Sabonis, who was flailing his arms to avoid falling. The shot raised a mouse beneath Wallace's left eye.

In an ensuing timeout, Wallace yelled long and loud at Sabonis before throwing a towel in his face while teammates looked on.

"I didn't see it," Dunleavy said. Wallace and Sabonis refused to talk about it.

On the court seconds later, Sabonis gave a hard foul on Lakers superstar guard Kobe Bryant. He was whistled for a flagrant foul and O'Neal gave him a shove, sticking up for a teammate he has spent the whole season battling for control of the team.

"I'm the drill sergeant. I'm the big brother. I'm the total team player," O'Neal said. "If somebody does that to (rookie) Mike Penberthy, I'll be there. If they do it to Ty Lue, I'll be there. If they do it to (announcer) Chick Hearn, I'll be there."

"We have the trophy as the most dysfunctional team this season," Fox said. "We'll give it to them."

Bryant scored 25 points and Derek Fisher added 21 for the Lakers, who shot 47 percent (36-of-77) and held a 44-36 edge on the boards.

Wallace scored 28 points and Smith added 24 for the Blazers, who shot 44 percent (36-of-82) and committed just five turnovers.

Smith scored 17 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to help Portland grab a 54-53 halftime lead. But Fisher made three 3-pointers in the third quarter and Los Angeles took an 84-77 lead into the final period.

"You have to give credit to Fisher and Fox and all those guys because they were hitting so many threes," Smith said. "We were in an in-between stage -- `Should I double (O'Neal) and give the open shot?' If they weren't hitting so many shots we could have doubled a little more aggressively. But those guys hit shots and made it open up for Shaq."

Wallace scored eight points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, including a 15-foot banker that gave Portland a 90-89 lead. Bryant's jumper off the dribble gave the Lakers a 99-96 lead but Stoudamire's 3-pointer tied it with 2:51 left.

Fox scored 14 points for the Lakers and Stoudamire had 14 for the Blazers. The teams split the season series, 2-2.

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