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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 29 18 25 36 108 MINNESOTA 32 25 14 28 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 21, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 18, BONZI WELLS 15 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 23, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 20, JOE SMITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 11, DALE DAVIS 8, BONZI WELLS 7 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 7, JOE SMITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 9, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, RICK BRUNSON 3 MIN - ROBERT PACK 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,497


Extended Box

PORTLAND (108) AT MINNESOTA (99)

PORTLAND

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

S PIPPEN F 28 3-9 11-12 1 10 11 5 4 0 4 18 R WALLACE F 40 4-9 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 3 1 12 D DAVIS C 32 4-9 3-4 3 5 8 1 6 0 1 11 B WELLS G 30 5-11 5-6 4 3 7 0 4 1 2 15 D STOUDAMIRE G 40 9-20 1-2 0 1 1 9 1 1 1 21 R PATTERSON 16 2-11 3-4 3 1 4 0 1 1 0 7 D ANDERSON 23 4-8 1-1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 10 S KEMP 20 5-9 2-3 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 12 R BRUNSON 8 1-2 0-0 4 1 5 3 0 0 1 2 C DUDLEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z RANDOLPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-88 26-32 19 27 46 22 24 6 11 108 (.420) (.813) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 12 (11 PTS)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 41 9-20 5-8 0 10 10 4 2 0 3 23 J SMITH F 34 6-9 3-6 2 2 4 0 5 1 0 15 R NESTEROVIC C 23 3-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 1 1 6 W SZCZERBIAK G 44 9-13 2-2 0 7 7 4 5 1 2 20 C BILLUPS G 27 3-6 7-8 1 1 2 3 3 0 2 13 G TRENT 14 4-7 1-4 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 9 R PACK 22 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 5 4 1 3 6 A PEELER 21 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 0 0 2 M JACKSON 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S MITCHELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 F LOPEZ 5 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 5 L WOODS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-74 18-28 4 28 32 23 30 4 14 99 (.541) (.643) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (15 PTS)

PORTLAND 29 18 25 36 - 108 MINNESOTA 32 25 14 28 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - S PIPPEN, R WALLACE, D DAVIS. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, R NESTEROVIC 2, J SMITH, S MITCHELL, A PEELER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 8-21 (.381), S PIPPEN 1-2, R WALLACE 4- 8, B WELLS 0-1, D STOUDAMIRE 2-7, D ANDERSON 1-2, R BRUNSON 0-1. MINNESOTA 1- 9 (.111), K GARNETT 0-3, C BILLUPS 0-2, A PEELER 0-2, M JACKSON 0- 1, F LOPEZ 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PORTLAND - DEFENSIVE THREE, R WALLACE, D DAVIS, S PIPPEN. MINNESOTA - F LOPEZ. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, PAT FRAHER, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,497. T - 2:21.


Box Score

PORTLAND (108)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Pippen 28 3-9 11-12 1-11 5 4 18 R Wallace 40 4-9 0-0 2-6 2 4 12 D Davis 32 4-9 3-4 3-8 1 6 11 B Wells 30 5-11 5-6 4-7 0 4 15 D Stoudamire 40 9-20 1-2 0-1 9 1 21 R Patterson 16 2-11 3-4 3-4 0 1 7 D Anderson 23 4-8 1-1 1-1 2 0 10 S Kemp 20 5-9 2-3 1-2 0 3 12 R Brunson 8 1-2 0-0 4-5 3 0 2 C Dudley 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 S Kerr DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Randolph DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-88 26-32 19-46 22 24 108 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (S Pippen 1-2, R Wallace 4-8, B Wells 0-1, D Stoudamire 2-7, D Anderson 1-2, R Brunson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:3 (S Pippen, R Wallace, D Davis). Turnovers:11 (S Pippen 4, B Wells 2, S Kemp, D Stoudamire, R Wallace, D Davis, R Brunson). Steals: 6 (R Wallace 3, D Stoudamire, R Patterson, B Wells).

MINNESOTA (99)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 9-20 5-8 0-10 4 2 23 J Smith 34 6-9 3-6 2-4 0 5 15 R Nesterovic 23 3-3 0-0 0-3 2 3 6 W Szczerbiak 44 9-13 2-2 0-7 4 5 20 C Billups 27 3-6 7-8 1-2 3 3 13 G Trent 14 4-7 1-4 0-1 1 3 9 R Pack 22 3-6 0-0 1-1 5 4 6 A Peeler 21 1-7 0-0 0-2 4 3 2 M Jackson 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Mitchell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 F Lopez 5 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 5 L Woods DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-74 18-28 4-32 23 30 99 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.541, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (K Garnett 0-3, C Billups 0-2, A Peeler 0-2, M Jackson 0-1, F Lopez 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (K Garnett 2, R Nesterovic 2, J Smith, S Mitchell, A Peeler). Turnovers:14 (R Pack 3, K Garnett 3, G Trent 2, C Billups 2, W Szczerbiak 2, F Lopez, R Nesterovic). Steals: 4 (R Pack, J Smith, R Nesterovic, W Szczerbiak).

-------------------------------------------- PORTLAND 29 18 25 36 - 108 MINNESOTA 32 25 14 28 - 99 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Portland - 4 (Defensive Three, 3:15 1st; R Wallace, 7:48 1st; D Davis, 3:59 2nd; S Pippen, 4:29 4th). Minnesota - (F Lopez, 4:29 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,497. T: 2:21. Officials: Don Vaden, Pat Fraher, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves' inept free-throw shooting cost them fifth place in the Western Conference.

Scottie Pippen scored 17 of his 18 points in the second half and Damon Stoudamire made two big shots in the final two minutes as the Portland Trail Blazers posted a 108-99 victory over the Timberwolves, who were their own worst enemy.

Minnesota and Portland were tied for fifth place in the West. The Timberwolves seemed be to be on their way to gaining sole possession after shooting 68 percent in the first half, but the Blazers were just as effective after halftime.

Portland rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter and forged an 87-87 tie with 4:25 left on two free throws by Pippen. Kevin Garnett missed two free throws at the other end and Shawn Kemp made a layup with 4:01 remaining to put the Blazers ahead for good, 89-87.

Stoudamire nailed a 3-pointer for a 98-92 cushion with 1:38 to go and Dale Davis made 1-of-2 free throws before Joe Smith missed a pair for Minnesota.

Stoudamire dished to Kemp for a layup and, after Garnett converted a three-point play, buried a baseline jumper for a 103-95 edge in the final minute.

"In the fourth quarter, Portland got aggressive and we couldn't match it," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Then when we got to the line in the fourth, we tensed up and missed."

"We just hung in there and made the big plays," Stoudamire said. "I was just going to keep on shooting. And that's all I'm trying to do out there, trying to make things happen."

The Timberwolves made just 5-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter and fell into sixth place in the West, three games ahead of Seattle.

Stoudamire scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and dished out nine assists. Bonzi Wells had 15 points and Rasheed Wallace and Kemp added 12 apiece.

Dale Davis collected 11 points and eight rebounds and Pippen pulled down 11 boards for the Blazers, who held a 46-32 edge on the glass.

Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak added 20 and seven as Minnesota lost despite shooting 54 percent (40-of-74).

"We shot the ball well, we didn't get aggressive when they turned the heat up," Saunders said. "We have to continue to work on that instinct from a jump shooting team to taking the ball to the bucket when the pressure is on."

The Timberwolves made just 1-of-9 shots from 3-point range and were only 18-of-28 from the line.

The game was tied, 42-42, midway through the second quarter before Minnesota went on a 15-2 run. Garnett scored the first five points of the burst and Szczerbiak capped it with a dunk for a 57-44 cushion with 27 seconds to go before halftime.

Wells had eight points in the third quarter, helping the Blazers outscore the Timberwolves, 25-14.

"They dictated the tempo and took over the game right there," Sczerbiak said. "We only scored 14 points and that's inexcusable, especially when we scored (57) in the first half."

"All I know is we don't give up," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "That's the main thing, we continue to play. That's what our team has turned out to be -- a team that wants to win badly. We all knew it was an important game. But it's not a make-or-break game."

Wallace drained a 3-pointer to give Portland a 72-69 edge with 13 seconds left and the teams traded the lead six times in the game's final 11 minutes.

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