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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PORTLAND         23   23   28   18    92   
     NEW YORK         19   30   21   19    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   POR - BONZI WELLS 22, RASHEED WALLACE 18, 
                      ANTONIO DANIELS 15
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 29, LATRELL SPREWELL 16, 
                      CHARLIE WARD 12

HIGH REBOUND:   POR - RASHEED WALLACE 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7
                NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9, OTHELLA 
                      HARRINGTON 5, MICHAEL DOLEAC 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, RASHEED WALLACE 3, 
                      BONZI WELLS 3
                NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, ALLAN HOUSTON 5, HOWARD 
                      EISLEY 5

         ATT:   18,467

Box Score

PORTLAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Pippen 28 4-10 4-4 2-7 5 3 12 R Wallace 39 8-17 2-4 2-12 3 5 18 D Davis 31 0-3 6-6 1-7 1 1 6 A Daniels 34 4-8 6-6 0-2 0 3 15 B Wells 39 9-16 4-5 1-6 3 3 22 J McInnis 23 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 4 R Patterson 20 1-5 5-6 4-7 0 1 7 Z Randolph 12 2-7 1-2 0-1 0 0 5 A Sabonis 11 1-3 1-2 0-2 0 0 3 Q Woods 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Stoudamire DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Anderson DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 29-35 10-46 14 16 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (S Pippen 0-4, R Wallace 0-3, A Daniels 1-3, B Wells 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:1 (S Pippen). Turnovers:11 (R Wallace 3, B Wells 3, S Pippen 2, A Daniels, R Patterson, Z Randolph). Steals: 5 (B Wells 2, A Sabonis, R Wallace, D Davis). NEW YORK (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 23 1-4 2-2 1-5 1 3 4 L Sprewell 36 7-14 0-0 0-4 1 0 16 K Thomas 20 1-6 1-2 2-4 2 4 3 H Eisley 25 0-4 0-0 0-1 5 3 0 A Houston 40 12-23 3-4 0-2 5 2 29 M Doleac 28 3-9 0-0 0-5 2 3 6 S Anderson 20 5-11 1-2 3-4 0 3 11 C Weatherspoon 25 3-4 2-2 1-9 1 3 8 C Ward 23 4-8 2-2 0-4 7 1 12 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 11-14 7-38 24 22 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (L Sprewell 2-5, H Eisley 0-3, A Houston 2-9, S Anderson 0-1, C Ward 2-6). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (C Ward, S Anderson). Turnovers:9 (H Eisley 4, S Anderson 2, C Weatherspoon, M Doleac, K Thomas). Steals: 5 (C Ward, A Houston, K Thomas, H Eisley, M Doleac). ------------------------------------------- PORTLAND 23 23 28 18 - 92 NEW YORK 19 30 21 19 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:01 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,467. T: 2:15. Officials: Bennie Adams, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

PORTLAND (92) AT NEW YORK (89) PORTLAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S PIPPEN F 28 4-10 4-4 2 5 7 5 3 0 2 12 R WALLACE F 39 8-17 2-4 2 10 12 3 5 1 3 18 D DAVIS C 31 0-3 6-6 1 6 7 1 1 1 0 6 A DANIELS G 34 4-8 6-6 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 15 B WELLS G 39 9-16 4-5 1 5 6 3 3 2 3 22 J MCINNIS 23 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 R PATTERSON 20 1-5 5-6 4 3 7 0 1 0 1 7 Z RANDOLPH 12 2-7 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 A SABONIS 11 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 Q WOODS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 D STOUDAMIRE DNP - COACH'S DECISION D ANDERSON DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN TOTALS 240 31-75 29-35 10 36 46 14 16 5 11 92 (.413) (.829) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (7 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 23 1-4 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 0 0 4 L SPREWELL F 36 7-14 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 16 K THOMAS C 20 1-6 1-2 2 2 4 2 4 1 1 3 H EISLEY G 25 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 1 4 0 A HOUSTON G 40 12-23 3-4 0 2 2 5 2 1 0 29 M DOLEAC 28 3-9 0-0 0 5 5 2 3 1 1 6 S ANDERSON 20 5-11 1-2 3 1 4 0 3 0 2 11 C WEATHERSPOON 25 3-4 2-2 1 8 9 1 3 0 1 8 C WARD 23 4-8 2-2 0 4 4 7 1 1 0 12 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-83 11-14 7 31 38 24 22 5 9 89 (.434) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) PORTLAND 23 23 28 18 - 92 NEW YORK 19 30 21 19 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - S PIPPEN. NEW YORK - C WARD, S ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 1-12 (.083), S PIPPEN 0-4, R WALLACE 0- 3, A DANIELS 1-3, B WELLS 0-2. NEW YORK 6-24 (.250), L SPREWELL 2- 5, H EISLEY 0-3, A HOUSTON 2-9, S ANDERSON 0-1, C WARD 2-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, MIKE CALLAHAN, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,467. T - 2:15.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- First, the Portland Trail Blazers prevented Allan Houston from shooting. Then they let him. Houston had a potential tying 3-pointer blocked by Scottie Pippen, then inexplicably took the ball inside the arc and missed, allowing the Trail Blazers to escape with a 92-89 victory over the New York Knicks. The Blazers completed a 4-1 road trip and have won 10 of their last 11 games. They denied the improving Knicks their season-high fourth straight win, but just barely. New York trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter and still faced a 90-83 deficit after two free throws by Portland's Ruben Patterson with 1:41 to play. But Houston sank a 3-pointer, then found Latrell Sprewell for another that made it a one-point game with 18 seconds left. The Knicks fouled Bonzi Wells, who made both free throws. On the next possession, Houston tried to fire a 3-pointer from the left side but had it swatted sideways and out of bounds with 6.2 seconds to go. "I wasn't concerned (about fouling)," Pippen said. "Worst-case scenario, you put him on the foul line and make him take three foul shots, but the way he was shooting the ball tonight, I just wanted to make it tough for him." Houston, who scored 29 points, took an inbounds pass above the top of the arc and dribbled inside it. He could have passed to Latrell Sprewell on the left wing or Charlie Ward on the left side, both of whom were open. But he shot a 15-footer that missed. "I was open," Sprewell said. "Bonzi kind of fell asleep, so I was open. Bonzi turned his head, so I was kind of standing there alone. At least I thought I was. I was a little bit behind him (Houston), so it was kind of tough." "It was just a bad decision. I just rushed it," Houston said. "When there's six seconds left, you've just got to shoot a three. I saw Pippen running out, and I just tried to get a shot off. I know I should have shot a three. And I know Spree was open, too. I had different options. I just rushed it. It's going to be hard not to think about it all night." Wells scored 22 points and Rasheed Wallace added 18 and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won seven of their last eight road games. "It was a very good road trip for us," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Winning four of five games is big for us. We just kind of stayed together. We started off with a big win in Sacramento, then go to play Detroit, and that was a big win for us. So we just gained confidence, and we want to build on it from there. It was a tough trip with the holidays and all, but we just kind of stayed together." Sprewell scored 16 points and Ward added 12 for the Knicks, who were denied their first four-game winning streak since taking five in row from March 11-20, 2001. "I think we've been playing good basketball," Knicks forward Clarence Weatherspoon said. "We just didn't get it done tonight, but I think we've been playing good basketball all along." New York made just 6-of-24 3-pointers. Sprewell was 2-of-5 from the arc, Ward 2-of-6 and Houston 2-of-9. "When I caught it, it was just strictly instincts and I didn't really think," Houston said. "I just went and didn't think about needing to get a three up. That's what I didn't do. I just have to move on and learn from it. It was tough because we fought our way back into it, and you want to have a chance. Unfortunately, I didn't give us a good chance." Portland never trailed in the fourth quarter. A foul line jumper by Houston made it 78-76 with 8:02 left, but New York went nearly 5 1/2 minutes without a hoop. A free throw by Wells gave the Blazers an 86-77 lead with 4:28 remaining. Houston scored 14 points in the first half as the Knicks grabbed a 49-46 lead. But the Blazers opened the third quarter with a 21-6 surge, taking the lead for good. Dale Davis made six free throws and Wells and Wallace scored four points apiece during the stretch. A steal and dunk by Wells gave Portland a 67-55 advantage. "I wasn't getting any touches or getting any shots in the first half, so I went out there and tried to play aggressive and got fouled," Davis said. "Sometimes coming into the third quarter, we have a letdown a little bit and let teams jump on us," Wells said. "But we've been making a conscious effort to really come out in the third quarter and at least have a stalemate or make a run ourselves." Antonio Daniels scored 15 points and Pippen added 12 for the Blazers, who shot 41 percent (31-of-75), including 1-of-12 from the arc, and held a 46-38 advantage on the boards. Daniels started for Derek Anderson, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. "The whole team saw that Antonio can give us a different look, a different dimension," Pippen said. Shandon Anderson scored 11 points for the Knicks, who shot 43 percent (36-of-83). New York attempted just 14 free throws while Portland shot 35.


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