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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 20 26 22 19 87 LA LAKERS 29 26 24 19 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 22, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 20, DEREK ANDERSON 17 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 29, KOBE BRYANT 29, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 12, DALE DAVIS 8 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5 LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

PORTLAND (87) AT LA LAKERS (98)

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

PIPPEN F 33 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 5 1 0 0 2 WALLACE F 41 10-21 2-2 0 12 12 0 4 0 4 22 DAVIS C 28 1-4 0-0 1 7 8 1 5 1 1 2 ANDERSON G 25 5-10 4-4 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 17 STOUDAMIRE G 43 6-12 7-8 1 3 4 6 1 3 2 20 WELLS 20 3-8 1-4 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 7 KEMP 22 4-8 4-4 1 3 4 0 6 1 1 12 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE 6 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 KERR 12 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 3 BARKLEY 9 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 RANDOLPH 1 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 PATTERSON DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 31-73 21-27 5 37 42 17 28 10 15 87 (.425) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

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

FOX F 34 4-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 6 1 3 9 WALKER F 15 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 1 ONEAL C 40 10-23 9-16 5 13 18 5 3 1 3 29 BRYANT G 43 11-24 6-8 2 5 7 4 0 3 2 29 HUNTER G 32 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 2 3 10 HORRY 29 4-6 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 0 0 10 MEDVEDENKO 11 2-5 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 RICHMOND 19 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 5 MCCOY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SHAW 15 0-2 0-0 0 7 7 4 0 0 1 0 GEORGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PENBERTHY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-79 17-29 11 34 45 22 21 8 15 98 (.468) (.586) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

PORTLAND 20 26 22 19 - 87 LA LAKERS 29 26 24 19 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, DAVIS 2, PIPPEN, KEMP. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 5, BRYANT, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-12 (.333), PIPPEN 0-2, WALLACE 0-2, ANDERSON 3-4, STOUDAMIRE 1-1, WELLS 0-1, KERR 0-1, BARKLEY 0-1. LA LAKERS 7-16 (.438), FOX 1-4, BRYANT 1-1, HUNTER 2-5, HORRY 2-3, RICHMOND 1-2, SHAW 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, WALLACE, LA LAKERS - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, ONEAL. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TOMMY NUNEZ, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,997. T - 2:30.


Box Score

PORTLAND (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 33 1-5 0-0 1-5 5 1 2 Wallace 41 10-21 2-2 0-12 0 4 22 Davis 28 1-4 0-0 1-8 1 5 2 Anderson 25 5-10 4-4 0-0 2 1 17 Stoudamire 43 6-12 7-8 1-4 6 1 20 Wells 20 3-8 1-4 0-3 0 3 7 Kemp 22 4-8 4-4 1-4 0 6 12 Boumtje Boumtj 6 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 2 0 Kerr 12 1-3 1-1 0-1 1 4 3 Barkley 9 0-1 1-2 0-1 2 1 1 Randolph 1 0-1 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 Patterson DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 21-27 5-42 17 28 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Pippen 0-2, Wallace 0-2, Anderson 3-4, Stoudamire 1-1, Wells 0-1, Kerr 0-1, Barkley 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Wallace 3, Davis 2, Pippen, Kemp). Turnovers: 15 (Anderson 4, Wallace 4, Stoudamire 2, Barkley, Davis, Kemp, Randolph, Wells). Steals: 10 (Barkley 3, Stoudamire 3, Anderson, Davis, Kemp, Wells).

LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 34 4-7 0-0 1-5 2 6 9 Walker 15 0-0 1-2 0-3 1 3 1 Oneal 40 10-23 9-16 5-18 5 3 29 Bryant 43 11-24 6-8 2-7 4 0 29 Hunter 32 4-8 0-0 0-0 3 2 10 Horry 29 4-6 0-0 2-3 2 3 10 Medvedenko 11 2-5 1-3 0-0 0 0 5 Richmond 19 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 5 Mccoy 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Shaw 15 0-2 0-0 0-7 4 0 0 George 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Penberthy DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-79 17-29 11-45 22 21 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.586. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Fox 1-4, Bryant 1-1, Hunter 2-5, Horry 2-3, Richmond 1-2, Shaw 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 5, Bryant, Horry). Turnovers: 16 (Fox 3, Hunter 3, Oneal 3, Bryant 2, Richmond 2, Shaw, Walker). Steals: 8 (Bryant 3, Hunter 2, Fox, Medvedenko, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Portland 20 26 22 19 - 87 La Lakers 29 26 24 19 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Defensive Three 2, 4:23 2nd, 5:42 4th; Wallace, 3:31 2nd). La Lakers 3 (Defensive Three 2, 7:57 3rd, 9:05 4th; Oneal, 4:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:30. Officials: Joe Crawford, Tommy Nunez, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal had 29 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks and Kobe Bryant also scored 29 points as the Los Angeles Lakers began their quest for a third straight title with a 98-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers have defeated Portland in the playoffs twice en route to back-to-back championships. They have been led by the dynamic duo of O'Neal and Bryant, who opened the season in strong fashion and led Los Angeles to another convincing win over the Blazers.

O'Neal showed no effects of the injured toe that hampered him in the preseason. He made just 10-of-23 shots from the floor and 9-of-16 free throws but controlled the glass and the paint.

"My toe is sore, it feels bad, I'm about 85 percent, not great shape," he said. "I'd rate our game tonight as a `C.'"

Bryant shot 11-of-24 and pulled down seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which never trailed and won its seventh straight season opener.

"We're definitely a better team than we were at the start of last year," he said. "Potentially, we could be the best we've ever been."

The Lakers led by as many as 17 points in the first half and had a 66-54 cushion in the third quarter before Portland went on a 12-2 run to make it 68-66 with 1:53 left.

Robert Horry followed with a 3-pointer and Bryant scored eight straight points to close the period, including a 3-pointer with three seconds left that gave Los Angeles an 11-point cushion heading into the final quarter.

"He was patient with the game and it just came to him," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "He had some things happen that were just perfect. Guys that score find ways to have a flurry and create those kinds of situations."

Portland never got the deficit into single digits over the final 12 minutes.

Horry was the only other Laker in double figures with 10 points and Rick Fox scored nine before fouling out. Horry made 2-of-3 3-pointers for Los Angeles, which was 7-of-16 from the arc.

The Blazers were outscored in the paint, 44-30, and on the fast break, 25-10, in the debut of rookie coach Maurice Cheeks.

Rasheed Wallace had 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for Portland. Damon Stoudamire added 20 points and six assists and Derek Anderson contributed 17 points before leaving in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.

"I have no idea how long it will take to heal," said Anderson, who has been plagued by ankle injuries throughout his career. "It's the same ankle I've injured before. It really hurts. I'll have X-rays and see the doctor (Wednesday)."

Shawn Kemp contributed 12 points off the bench and Bonzi Wells returned from a knee injury and scored seven points in 20 minutes for the Blazers.

"I went to coach Cheeks just before we went back on the court," Wells said. "I know we were shorthanded and then Derek got hurt. I'm a little rusty, but I felt pretty good."

Los Angeles jumped out to a 21-5 lead, making seven of its first nine shots while the Blazers missed nine of their first 11. O'Neal and Bryant each scored six points in the opening seven minutes and the Lakers had a 29-20 lead after 12 minutes.

Portland scored five of the first seven points in the second quarter, but O'Neal answered with six in a row to spark an 11-0 run. The burst was capped by a 3-pointer by Mitch Richmond, who scored five points in his Lakers' debut. That gave Los Angeles its largest lead at 42-25 with 7:15 left before halftime.

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