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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 19 24 23 16 82 NEW YORK 30 21 11 27 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DALE DAVIS 17, DEREK ANDERSON 17, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 15 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 23, SHANDON ANDERSON 13, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 12

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 13, RASHEED WALLACE 12 NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 13, KURT THOMAS 13

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, BONZI WELLS 3 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 7, CHARLIE WARD 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PORTLAND (82) AT NEW YORK (89)

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

PIPPEN F 42 6-15 2-4 4 7 11 5 4 3 3 15 WALLACE F 32 5-16 4-5 5 7 12 1 4 1 0 14 DAVIS C 35 7-9 3-5 6 7 13 0 4 1 0 17 ANDERSON G 37 5-18 7-8 2 6 8 1 3 2 3 17 WELLS G 43 3-15 0-3 2 4 6 3 3 1 2 6 BARKLEY 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 PATTERSON 19 3-7 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 7 KEMP 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 KERR 13 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 RANDOLPH 3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-90 17-26 20 33 53 10 26 10 10 82 (.356) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 39 4-14 2-3 1 4 5 7 1 0 1 10 WEATHERSPOON F 32 5-8 2-2 5 8 13 0 4 1 0 12 THOMAS C 42 2-9 7-7 4 9 13 1 4 0 2 11 HOUSTON G 36 8-13 6-7 0 5 5 0 2 0 2 23 JACKSON G 22 3-9 2-2 0 5 5 3 4 1 2 8 HARRINGTON 20 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 4 WARD 11 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 1 ANDERSON 22 5-9 2-5 0 2 2 0 4 2 3 13 EISLEY 16 3-5 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 7 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 25-32 11 36 47 17 26 5 11 89 (.419) (.781) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

PORTLAND 19 24 23 16 - 82 NEW YORK 30 21 11 27 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - PIPPEN, WALLACE. NEW YORK - THOMAS 2, WEATHERSPOON, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 1-23 (.043), PIPPEN 1-6, WALLACE 0-4, ANDERSON 0-7, WELLS 0-4, PATTERSON 0-2. NEW YORK 2-14 (.143), SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, JACKSON 0-3, WARD 0-2, ANDERSON 1-4, EISLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WELLS, PIPPEN, WALLACE, NEW YORK - JACKSON. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MIKE SMITH, DON VADEN. A - 19,763. T - 2:23.


Box Score

PORTLAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 42 6-15 2-4 4-11 5 4 15 Wallace 32 5-16 4-5 5-12 1 4 14 Davis 35 7-9 3-5 6-13 0 4 17 Anderson 37 5-18 7-8 2-8 1 3 17 Wells 43 3-15 0-3 2-6 3 3 6 Barkley 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Patterson 19 3-7 1-1 1-2 0 2 7 Kemp 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Kerr 13 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 6 Boumtje Boumtj 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Randolph 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-90 17-26 20-53 10 26 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 1-23, .043 (Pippen 1-6, Wallace 0-4, Anderson 0-7, Wells 0-4, Patterson 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Pippen, Wallace). Turnovers: 11 (Anderson 3, Pippen 3, Patterson 2, Wells 2). Steals: 10 (Pippen 3, Anderson 2, Davis, Kemp, Patterson, Wallace, Wells).

NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 39 4-14 2-3 1-5 7 1 10 Weatherspoon 32 5-8 2-2 5-13 0 4 12 Thomas 42 2-9 7-7 4-13 1 4 11 Houston 36 8-13 6-7 0-5 0 2 23 Jackson 22 3-9 2-2 0-5 3 4 8 Harrington 20 1-3 2-2 1-1 0 4 4 Ward 11 0-4 1-2 0-2 4 2 1 Anderson 22 5-9 2-5 0-2 0 4 13 Eisley 16 3-5 1-2 0-1 2 1 7 Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 25-32 11-47 17 26 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-3, Jackson 0-3, Ward 0-2, Anderson 1-4, Eisley 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas 2, Weatherspoon, Harrington). Turnovers: 11 (Anderson 3, Houston 2, Jackson 2, Thomas 2, Sprewell, Ward). Steals: 5 (Anderson 2, Harrington, Jackson, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Portland 19 24 23 16 - 82 New York 30 21 11 27 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Wells, 7:59 1st; Pippen, 7:59 1st; Wallace, 5:38 1st). New York 1 (Jackson, 7:59 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:23. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Mike Smith, Don Vaden.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks showed the Portland Trail Blazers that they have some depth, too.

Howard Eisley, who had not played this season, scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter, rallying the Knicks to an 89-82 victory over the talented Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers are so deep that when point guard Damon Stoudamire was placed on the injured list before the game, it barely registered a reaction in the locker room. Portland simply plugged forward Scottie Pippen into the point and had Bonzi Wells and Ruben Patterson split Pippen's small forward duties.

On the other hand, Eisley had been buried behind point guards Mark Jackson and Charlie Ward. He was acquired from Dallas during the offseason in the three-team trade that sent Glen Rice to Houston but had not played in the first seven games while the Knicks stumbled to a 2-5 start.

"Howard Eisley wasn't even on our scouting report," Wells said. "He hadn't played a minute all season. We were wondering why he wasn't playing, but he came in and earned his minutes for the rest of the season."

"He came in and did a good job," Blazers guard Derek Anderson added. "That was the key, I think."

With the Knicks lost on offense, Eisley came on with 3:34 left in the third quarter and finished the game. After some early jitters, he fueled a fourth-quarter rally and added two assists as he piloted the offense in a way that recalled his days backing up John Stockton with the Utah Jazz.

"It has been pretty tough, but I understand it is part of the business," the 6-2 Eisley said. "My job is to stay ready because you never know what is going to happen in this league. You have to be ready when the coach calls upon you."

"I played him because I thought he was going to help us win," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I think the best thing he did was not tonight, but how he stayed ready to be able to perform."

Allan Houston scored 23 points and hit consecutive clutch jumpers for the Knicks, who battled the bigger Blazers on the backboards and ended a two-game slide. Clarence Weatherspoon, making his first start, had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Kurt Thomas added 11 and 13.

Anderson scored 17 points and Dale Davis added 17 and 13 boards for Portland, which fell to 1-2 on a five-game road trip and has not won at New York since March 13, 1998.

The Blazers negated a 53-47 advantage on the glass by shooting 1-of-23 from 3-point range, missing their first 10 and last 12. Their depth actually hurt them in this one.

"We have so many players that can win games, sometimes they try to win games by themself," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I would have liked to see us post the ball a little bit more."

Eisley's inactivity was evident in his sneakers, which were a bright white and appeared to have just come out of the box. He had no effect on the third quarter, which ended with Portland holding a 66-62 lead.

But midway through the fourth quarter, he hit a 12-footer and a driving layup, pulling the Knicks within 74-73. His jumper with 3:44 to go gave them a 77-76 lead.

"I was pretty confident in my abilities, in what I can do on the floor," Eisley said. "I have been trying to stay ready, shooting and working on my conditioning. I wasn't really nervous. I was just out there helping the team try and win the ballgame."

"He gave us a huge boost tonight," Houston said. "He came in and played extremely well. He was ready to play and you have to give him a lot of credit. He's had a great attitude the whole time. He's taken this whole situation well."

Then Houston took over. On consecutive trips, he hit a 20-footer and 10-footer with Anderson right on him. It was his first points of the second half and gave the Knicks an 81-77 edge with 2:09 remaining.

"When you can get into a rhythm, no matter what time of the game, it helps your confidence," Houston said. "But it helps even more when you hit 'em in key points of the game."

"He kept passing," said Anderson, who admitted he fell into a defensive lull. "One time he hit a tough shot and the next time he just put me to sleep."

Anderson made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:06 left, but Thomas answered with two as the Knicks made 8-of-10 from the line in the final minute.

Ignoring their inside attack, the Blazers missed seven 3-pointers and made just one basket in the final 5:27, a meaningless dunk by Rasheed Wallace with 33 seconds left.

"We may have gotten away from it a little bit," said Pippen, who scored all of his 15 points in the first half and twisted his right ankle in the fourth quarter. "We didn't shoot good shots at times and we missed open shots."

Shandon Anderson scored 13 points off the bench and Latrell Sprewell added 10 for the Knicks, who shot 42 percent (31-of-74) and survived an 11-point third quarter.

Wallace had 14 points and 12 boards for the Blazers, who shot under 36 percent (32-of-90). Wells, averaging 23.3 points per game, had just six on 3-of-15 shooting.

"I wasn't prepared the way I thought I was, and they locked me down," Wells said. "Hopefully, it won't happen twice."

Houston scored 13 points in the first quarter as the Knicks opened a 30-19 lead. Wells, Wallace and Anderson, Portland's top three scorers who came in averaging a combined 59 points per game, managed just 10 on 5-of-23 shooting in the first half, which ended with New York holding a 51-43 lead.

"I have been shooting a lot of extra shots in practice and getting my rhythm back and getting my legs under me," said Houston, who came in shooting just 39 percent from the field. "I think that helped me tonight."

Wallace came alive after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter. He scored eight points and Davis added seven as Portland pounded New York inside. Derek Anderson's jumper opened a 66-60 lead before Eisley fed Sprewell for a basket that closed the quarter.

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