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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 26 18 23 34 101 MEMPHIS 19 25 23 18 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 27, BONZI WELLS 18, DEREK ANDERSON 18 MEM - SHANE BATTIER 30, LORENZEN WRIGHT 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 11, RASHEED WALLACE 8 MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 10, STROMILE SWIFT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - BONZI WELLS 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 MEM - BREVIN KNIGHT 7, SHANE BATTIER 5

ATT: 10,161


Extended Box

PORTLAND (101) AT MEMPHIS (85)

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

WALLACE F 40 10-18 6-10 7 1 8 5 3 1 1 27 WELLS F 31 8-14 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 1 0 18 DAVIS C 39 5-11 3-4 5 6 11 4 3 3 2 13 ANDERSON G 37 6-16 4-4 1 5 6 5 1 1 2 18 BARKLEY G 26 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 BRUNSON 18 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 3 5 2 0 5 PATTERSON 22 4-10 7-8 1 3 4 2 2 1 0 15 KERR 11 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 KEMP 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE 8 1-1 1-1 3 1 4 0 2 0 1 3 RANDOLPH 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 PIPPEN DNP - RIGHT KNEE CONTUSION

TOTALS 240 37-85 21-27 21 20 41 28 18 10 7 101 (.435) (.778) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

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

GASOL F 21 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 2 1 0 2 6 LONG F 19 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 4 WRIGHT C 30 6-9 0-1 4 6 10 0 5 1 2 12 BATTIER G 44 10-13 7-9 2 2 4 5 4 0 1 30 WILLIAMS G 30 4-12 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 1 4 8 SWIFT 27 4-12 0-0 8 1 9 1 4 1 2 8 ANDERSON 29 2-9 0-0 1 5 6 4 1 1 4 6 KNIGHT 18 1-4 1-2 0 3 3 7 2 0 0 3 SOLOMON 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 MASSENBURG 18 3-6 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 1 2 6 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-77 10-14 19 28 47 24 21 5 19 85 (.455) (.714) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

PORTLAND 26 18 23 34 - 101 MEMPHIS 19 25 23 18 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, PATTERSON. MEMPHIS - BATTIER 3, ANDERSON 2, GASOL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 6-16 (.375), WALLACE 1-3, WELLS 2-3, ANDERSON 2-5, BRUNSON 1-2, PATTERSON 0-1, KERR 0-2. MEMPHIS 5-16 (.313), BATTIER 3-5, WILLIAMS 0-4, ANDERSON 2-5, SOLOMON 0-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, LUIS GRILLO, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 10,161. T - 2:08.


Box Score

PORTLAND (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 40 10-18 6-10 7-8 5 3 27 Wells 31 8-14 0-0 0-3 6 2 18 Davis 39 5-11 3-4 5-11 4 3 13 Anderson 37 6-16 4-4 1-6 5 1 18 Barkley 26 0-3 0-0 2-2 2 0 0 Brunson 18 2-5 0-0 1-2 3 5 5 Patterson 22 4-10 7-8 1-4 2 2 15 Kerr 11 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Kemp 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Boumtje Boumtj 8 1-1 1-1 3-4 0 2 3 Randolph 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Pippen DNP - right knee contusion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 21-27 21-41 28 18 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Wallace 1-3, Wells 2-3, Anderson 2-5, Brunson 1-2, Patterson 0-1, Kerr 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Wallace, Patterson). Turnovers: 7 (Anderson 2, Davis 2, Barkley, Boumtje Boumtje, Wallace). Steals: 10 (Davis 3, Brunson 2, Anderson, Barkley, Patterson, Wallace, Wells).

MEMPHIS (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gasol 21 2-4 2-2 1-4 2 1 6 Long 19 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Wright 30 6-9 0-1 4-10 0 5 12 Battier 44 10-13 7-9 2-4 5 4 30 Williams 30 4-12 0-0 0-4 3 1 8 Swift 27 4-12 0-0 8-9 1 4 8 Anderson 29 2-9 0-0 1-6 4 1 6 Knight 18 1-4 1-2 0-3 7 2 3 Solomon 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Massenburg 18 3-6 0-0 3-6 1 2 6 Austin DNP - coach's decision Fotsis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 10-14 19-47 24 21 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Battier 3-5, Williams 0-4, Anderson 2-5, Solomon 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Battier 3, Anderson 2, Gasol). Turnovers: 20 (Anderson 4, Williams 4, Gasol 2, Massenburg 2, Swift 2, Wright 2, Battier, Long, Solomon). Steals: 5 (Anderson, Massenburg, Swift, Williams, Wright). ____________________________________________ Portland 26 18 23 34 - 101 Memphis 19 25 23 18 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Defensive Three, 3:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Memphis 1 (Massenburg, 9:22 4th). A: 10,161. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Crawford, Luis Grillo, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Rasheed Wallace ensured the Memphis Grizzlies set a new franchise low.

Wallace scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Grizzlies their eighth straight defeat to start the season, 101-85.

Wallace did most of his damage in the first half. But he had big dunk and made a a spectacular 3-pointer the final minutes from the top of the key that sealed the Blazers' fourth win in the last six games.

"It was a good game, a real good game, and everybody played hard as a team," Wallace said. "We played really good defense and we stopped them in the fourth."

Already missing starting point guard Damon Stoudamire, who went on the injured list Tuesday, the Blazers were without Scottie Pippen, who sat out with a right knee contusion.

Pippen played the point Tuesday at New York and his replacements, Erick Barkley and Rick Brunson, held Jason Williams in check. Memphis' flashy point guard had eight points on 4-of-12 shooting and three assists in 30 minutes.

During six unsuccessful seasons in Vancouver, the Grizzlies never opened a campaign with eight straight losses. Their worst start had been 0-7 in the 1996-97 season.

The game was tied, 67-67, through three quarters and the Grizzlies stayed in it through the first six minutes of the final period.

The Blazers stepped it up defensively in the fourth quarter, forcing 15 turnovers and outscoring the Grizzlies, 34-18.

"We were going out after loose balls," Portland guard Derek Anderson said. "We were diving after loose balls. It takes team defense, and Brunson and Barkley did a great job running the show."

"We just wanted to get some stops," Portland forward Bonzi Wells added. "We stopped them down the stretch four or five times in a row. We just wanted to knock the air out of them."

Fourth-quarter meltdowns are nothing new for Memphis. In six of their first seven games, the Grizzlies have been close after three quarters only to fall apart in the final 12 minutes.

"We were right there in the fourth quarter," said forward Lorenzen Wright, who collected 12 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. "Everybody needs to learn how to dig deep in the fourth quarter. We've got to get all the loose balls and all the rebounds.

"We've got to do all the little things it takes to win the game, and right now we're not doing it. I play as hard as I can, but it's hard."

Nick Anderson's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 83-81 with 5:16 to play, but on Memphis' next two possessions, Williams missed a six-foot jumper and a desperation 3-pointer that resulted in a shot clock violation with 4:26 remaining.

The Grizzlies never threatened thereafter as Portland closed with a 18-4 run.

In addition to Wallace's shots down the stretch, Derek Anderson scored of his 18 points in a 90-second span to close out Memphis.

Vancouver wasted an outstanding performance by rookie Shane Battier, who scored a season-high 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

"My shot was there," Battier said. "I think we played well as a team, we just haven't figured out the fourth quarter. We've been close and we just can't get over that hump."

The Grizzlies, who entered the game shooting an NBA-worst 39.3 percent, connected on 35-of-77 attempts from the field (45.5 percent).

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