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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 15 17 26 22 80 PORTLAND 24 20 29 15 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 20, MARK JACKSON 15, KURT THOMAS 15 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 25, DEREK ANDERSON 16, BONZI WELLS 16

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 20, KURT THOMAS 11, SHANDON ANDERSON 5 POR - DALE DAVIS 18, BONZI WELLS 9, RASHEED WALLACE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,633


Extended Box

NEW YORK (80) AT PORTLAND (88)

NEW YORK

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

A HOUSTON F 34 4-14 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 3 8 C WEATHERSPOON F 44 9-16 2-4 8 12 20 3 2 0 2 20 K THOMAS C 46 6-16 3-4 1 10 11 1 5 2 4 15 L SPREWELL G 28 3-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 8 M JACKSON G 35 5-8 4-7 3 1 4 10 3 1 4 15 C WARD 16 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 4 S ANDERSON 28 3-8 2-2 0 5 5 1 3 0 2 8 H EISLEY 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 T KNIGHT 5 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 F SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION O HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - LEFT ANKLE BRUISE

TOTALS 240 32-80 13-19 12 33 45 22 21 6 17 80 (.400) (.684) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17 (15 PTS)

PORTLAND

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

S PIPPEN F 33 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 7 1 2 1 6 R WALLACE F 38 11-19 2-7 1 7 8 1 3 5 0 25 D DAVIS C 40 2-7 3-4 4 14 18 0 0 0 1 7 B WELLS G 37 3-12 10-12 5 4 9 3 5 1 5 16 D STOUDAMIRE G 39 4-12 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 1 3 12 S KEMP 15 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 0 D ANDERSON 24 5-15 5-6 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 16 R PATTERSON 13 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6 S KERR 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z RANDOLPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-79 24-33 13 34 47 21 13 9 12 88 (.380) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (8 PTS)

NEW YORK 15 17 26 22 - 80 PORTLAND 24 20 29 15 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - L SPREWELL, S ANDERSON. PORTLAND - R PATTERSON 3, R WALLACE 2, B WELLS 2, S PIPPEN, D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-18 (.167), A HOUSTON 0-5, L SPREWELL 2- 7, M JACKSON 1-1, C WARD 0-1, S ANDERSON 0-4. PORTLAND 4-18 (.222), S PIPPEN 0-1, R WALLACE 1-4, B WELLS 0-2, D STOUDAMIRE 2-5, D ANDERSON 1- 6. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - L SPREWELL 2. PORTLAND - B WELLS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BILL KENNEDY, RON OLESIAK. A - 19,633. T - 2:09.


Box Score

NEW YORK (80)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Houston 34 4-14 0-0 0-2 3 1 8 C Weatherspoon 44 9-16 2-4 8-20 3 2 20 K Thomas 46 6-16 3-4 1-11 1 5 15 L Sprewell 28 3-11 0-0 0-1 1 3 8 M Jackson 35 5-8 4-7 3-4 10 3 15 C Ward 16 1-3 2-2 0-0 3 2 4 S Anderson 28 3-8 2-2 0-5 1 3 8 H Eisley 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Knight 5 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 F Spencer DNP - COACH'S DECISION O Harrington DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - LEFT ANKLE BRUISE

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 13-19 12-45 22 21 80 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (A Houston 0-5, L Sprewell 2-7, M Jackson 1-1, C Ward 0-1, S Anderson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:2 (L Sprewell, S Anderson). Turnovers:17 (M Jackson 4, K Thomas 4, A Houston 3, C Weatherspoon 2, H Eisley 2, S Anderson 2). Steals: 6 (K Thomas 2, C Ward, A Houston, H Eisley, M Jackson).

PORTLAND (88)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Pippen 33 3-5 0-0 0-2 7 1 6 R Wallace 38 11-19 2-7 1-8 1 3 25 D Davis 40 2-7 3-4 4-18 0 0 7 B Wells 37 3-12 10-12 5-9 3 5 16 D Stoudamire 39 4-12 2-2 0-2 5 2 12 S Kemp 15 0-3 0-0 1-4 1 1 0 D Anderson 24 5-15 5-6 2-3 3 1 16 R Patterson 13 2-6 2-2 0-1 1 0 6 S Kerr 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Dudley DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Brunson DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Randolph DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-79 24-33 13-47 21 13 88 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (S Pippen 0-1, R Wallace 1-4, B Wells 0-2, D Stoudamire 2-5, D Anderson 1-6). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:9 (R Patterson 3, R Wallace 2, B Wells 2, S Pippen, D Davis). Turnovers:12 (B Wells 5, D Stoudamire 3, S Pippen, D Davis, D Anderson, S Kemp). Steals: 9 (R Wallace 5, S Pippen 2, D Stoudamire, B Wells).

------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 15 17 26 22 - 80 PORTLAND 24 20 29 15 - 88 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: New York - 2 (L Sprewell, 1:49 2nd; L Sprewell, 3:44 3rd). Portland - 1 (B Wells, 1:49 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,633. T: 2:04. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Bill Kennedy, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- One night after the Portland Trail Blazers extended the longest current playoff run in the Western Conference, they ended the longest current run in the East.

Rasheed Wallace scored 25 points and the Trail Blazers cruised to an 88-80 victory over the New York Knicks, who were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time in 15 years.

On Wednesday, the Trail Blazers clinched their 20th straight postseason appearance -- the longest current streak in the NBA -- when the Los Angeles Clippers lost at Utah. They are two shy of the longest streak in NBA history, set by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1950-71.

"Early on (this season), I heard that we were in jeopardy of not making the playoffs and rightfully so," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I believe it's a heck of an accomplishment for any franchise to be in the playoffs 20 straight years. I think that's something to be proud of."

The Knicks had not missed the playoffs since 1987, reaching the NBA Finals twice in that span. But last year, they were bounced in the opening round of the playoffs for the first time in 10 years and the deterioration continued this season.

Coach Jeff Van Gundy abruptly resigned in December and was replaced by Don Chaney, who has been unable to instill an intensity in his players. Center Marcus Camby went down for the season with a hip injury and the Knicks (28-46) are headed for a 50-loss season.

"I have no thoughts on that at all," Chaney said. "Our main focus right now, as I have said in the last couple of weeks, is that we have to stay competitive."

"It's something that we've seen coming," Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell said. "It would be different if we were right there, but we've been out of it for a while now."

Some of the frustration came out in the third quarter, when the Knicks were allowing the Blazers to open a 16-point lead. Sprewell elbowed Bonzi Wells and was ejected for his second technical foul.

"We were both banging and playing physical," Sprewell said. "I don't know who was at fault, but he was definitely swinging his elbows. If he would have hit my face, it would have gotten ugly out there."

"He's not going to let a guy shove him around in there and I admire that," Chaney said. "We could have used him in the game but both guys are warriors and they fought."

Wells and Derek Anderson scored 16 points apiece for Portland, which snapped a three-game losing streak and moved within one game of Minnesota for fifth place in the West.

"It was a good step, especially with these next seven or eight games down the stretch," Portland forward Scottie Pippen said. "We need to generate some kind of momentum, start playing some kind of consistent basketball and preparing ourself for the postseason."

Clarence Weatherspoon had his best game of the season with 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Knicks, who began a three-game road trip by dropping to 8-29 away from home.

Portland never trailed, opening a 24-15 lead after one quarter and widening it to 44-32 at halftime. New York, which missed its first 11 3-pointers, cut the deficit to five points in the third quarter before losing momentum.

Wallace and Wells scored six points each in an 18-7 surge that gave the Blazers a 70-54 lead with 2:21 remaining.

The Knicks trailed 73-58 entering the final period but closed to 81-75 with 3:05 to play on a 3-pointer by Mark Jackson, who had 15 points and 10 assists. However, Anderson responded with a three-point play and New York got no closer than five points thereafter.

Damon Stoudamire scored 12 points for the Blazers, who won despite shooting just 38 percent (30-of-79) from the field. Dale Davis pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds.

"Billy Cunningham used to say there is no bad win. I believe that," Cheeks said.

Kurt Thomas had 15 points and 11 boards for the Knicks, who shot 40 percent (32-of-80) and committed 17 turnovers.

New York had won four of the last five meetings.

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