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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 22 18 16 26 82 LA CLIPPERS 20 15 23 16 74 FINAL


PORTLAND (82) AT LA CLIPPERS (74)

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

WALLACE F 38 6-15 2-6 4 4 8 3 3 0 0 14 GRANT F 41 7-15 5-7 1 10 11 2 2 2 3 19 SABONIS C 28 4-8 0-0 2 6 8 2 5 0 3 8 AUGMON G 27 2-5 2-6 2 4 6 1 3 0 1 6 CROTTY G 19 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 4 2 ANDERSON 29 6-19 8-9 2 3 5 4 1 1 1 20 ONEAL 15 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 ASKEW 24 3-5 4-5 2 3 5 0 2 1 3 10 CATO 19 0-2 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 2 HIGGINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION RIDER DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-75 24-37 15 36 51 15 23 6 17 82 (.387) (.649) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 18(18 PTS)

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

VAUGHT F 38 6-15 0-0 1 6 7 0 5 2 0 12 ROGERS F 35 2-10 4-8 2 2 4 1 4 3 1 9 VRANKOVIC C 23 3-5 1-2 1 5 6 1 4 0 1 7 BARRY G 45 5-16 7-8 3 6 9 1 2 2 2 18 MARTIN G 25 3-10 0-0 1 0 1 5 4 0 1 8 ROBINSON 19 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 3 0 MURRAY 13 3-6 2-3 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 8 WRIGHT 19 1-7 3-4 1 4 5 0 5 1 2 5 RICHARDSON 8 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 CLOSS 5 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 TAYLOR 10 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 6 PIATKOWSKI DNP - EAR INFECTION

TOTALS 240 26-80 18-27 14 27 41 11 30 8 12 74 (.325) (.667) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

PORTLAND 22 18 16 26 - 82 LA CLIPPERS 20 15 23 16 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - GRANT 3, CATO 3, WALLACE 2, AUGMON 2, SABONIS. LA CLIPPERS - BARRY 2, VAUGHT, MURRAY, WRIGHT, TAYLOR. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 0-10 (.000), WALLACE 0-2, SABONIS 0-1, CROTTY 0-2, ANDERSON 0-5. LA CLIPPERS 4-18 (.222), ROGERS 1-4, BARRY 1-6, MARTIN 2-5, ROBINSON 0-1, MURRAY 0-1, RICHARDSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JOE DEROSA, LEON WOOD. A - 12,898. T - 2:10.


PORTLAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 38 6-15 2-6 4-8 3 3 14 Grant 41 7-15 5-7 1-11 2 2 19 Sabonis 28 4-8 0-0 2-8 2 5 8 Augmon 27 2-5 2-6 2-6 1 3 6 Crotty 19 1-5 0-0 0-2 3 1 2 Anderson 29 6-19 8-9 2-5 4 1 20 Oneal 15 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 Askew 24 3-5 4-5 2-5 0 2 10 Cato 19 0-2 2-2 2-6 0 4 2 Higgins DNP - coach's decision Rider DNP - suspended by league Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 24-37 15-51 15 23 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.649. 3-Point Goals: 0-10, .000 (Wallace 0-2, Sabonis 0-1, Crotty 0-2, Anderson 0-5). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 11 (Grant 3, Cato 3, Wallace 2, Augmon 2, Sabonis). Turnovers: 18 (Crotty 4, Askew 3, Grant 3, Sabonis 3, Anderson, Augmon, Cato, Oneal). Steals: 6 (Grant 2, Anderson, Askew, Cato, Crotty).

LA CLIPPERS (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Vaught 38 6-15 0-0 1-7 0 5 12 Rogers 35 2-10 4-8 2-4 1 4 9 Vrankovic 23 3-5 1-2 1-6 1 4 7 Barry 45 5-16 7-8 3-9 1 2 18 Martin 25 3-10 0-0 1-1 5 4 8 Robinson 19 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 0 Murray 13 3-6 2-3 3-5 0 2 8 Wright 19 1-7 3-4 1-5 0 5 5 Richardson 8 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Closs 5 0-1 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 Taylor 10 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 6 Piatkowski DNP - ear infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-80 18-27 14-41 11 30 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.325, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Rogers 1-4, Barry 1-6, Martin 2-5, Robinson 0-1, Murray 0-1, Richardson 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Barry 2, Vaught, Murray, Wright, Taylor). Turnovers: 12 (Robinson 3, Barry 2, Taylor 2, Wright 2, Martin, Rogers, Vrankovic). Steals: 8 (Rogers 3, Barry 2, Vaught 2, Wright). ____________________________________________ Portland 22 18 16 26 - 82 La Clippers 20 15 23 16 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,898. T: 2:10. Officials: Dan Crawford, Joe Derosa, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Kenny Anderson shook off a sore ankle to score six of his 20 points in the final 91 seconds as the Portland Trail Blazers shut down the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch for an 82-74 victory.

The Trail Blazers scored nine of the last 10 points over the final 2:47 and held the Clippers without a field goal for the last 8 1/2 minutes, reversing fortunes from their season-opening home loss to Seattle on Friday. In that game, Portland was outscored 9-0 over the last 2 1/2 minutes.

"At the end, I just knew it. No disrespect towards them, but I knew they were going to fold in the fourth quarter," Anderson said. "No disrespect, don't get me wrong, (but) they had us like this three or four times before. I was waiting for the letdown from them. I ain't saying they choked, but that's what they do. I said to my assistant (coach), 'They'll fold.'"

Brian Grant had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace added 14 points for the Blazers, who have beaten the Clippers five straight times and in 12 of their last 14 meetings.

Brent Barry had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers (0-2), who last season were not two games under .500 until they had played 14 games.

Anderson shot 1-of-9 from the field against Seattle and split minutes with backup John Crotty. He did not start against Los Angeles and shot just 6-of-19, but scored when it counted most.

"Every time we play them it be tough games, they be winning, and they find ways not to execute down the stretch," Anderson said. "I dont want to see headlines, 'Anderson disrespects the Clippers.'"

"Kenny's right," Barry admitted. "You can't argue that fact, it's the truth. We've had rough luck in my career. I don't think we've beat Portland, and I look forward to the next to the next time we play them."

Two free throws by Grant pulled Portland into a 73-73 tie with 2:47 to play. After a turnover by Loy Vaught, Arvydas Sabonis made a hook with 2:14 left, giving the Blazers the lead for good.

Anderson hit jumpers from the right and left wings around a free throw by Rodney Rogers, building the advantage to 79-74 with 52 seconds remaining. Stojko Vrankovic missed a shot and Anderson made two foul shots with 33 seconds left. Stacey Augmon added a free throw for the final margin.

"This guy's been hurt and then he pulls the trigger and both of them bottom," Barry said. "That's where you earn a lot of respect from players around the league is when a star like Kenny comes in the game after sitting and ailing and comes in and hits the two biggest shots of the game."

"That's what Portland got me here for, to not hold my head down, to be a leader," Anderson said. "I came in and hit some big shots for us, we executed down the stretch and that's what got it for us. It was an ugly game but we got the W on the road."

Vincent Askew contributed 10 points off the bench for Portland, which shot 39 percent (29-of-75) from the field and held a 51-41 rebounding edge.

The Blazers, who were 0-of-10 on three-pointers, again played without starting guard Isaiah Rider, who served the second of a two-game league suspension for a guilty plea to misdemeanor drug charges during the off-season.

"Defensively we played well," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We rebounded and pressured the ball, but offensively we didn't click. It was a nasty game. We just missed a ton of easy shots but had a ton of guys step up in the fourth."

Vaught scored 12 points for the Clippers, who shot 32.5 percent (26-of-80). Rodney Rogers added nine points.

"The secret of this league is when everybody is bad, you have to win those games," Clippers coach Bill Fitch said. "We were the baddest of the bad."

Portland led 40-35 at halftime, but Barry scored six points in the third period as the Clippers raced to a 58-56 lead entering the fourth quarter.

A basket by rookie Maurice Taylor gave Los Angeles a 68-60 lead with 8:25 to play, but that was the last field goal for the Clippers, who managed just eight free throws thereafter.

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