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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 26 26 30 33 115 PHOENIX 24 20 33 33 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - GARY TRENT 27, ALVIN WILLIAMS 19, RASHEED WALLACE 18 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 31, DANNY MANNING 28, REX CHAPMAN 19


PORTLAND (115) AT PHOENIX (110)

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

WALLACE F 33 6-11 6-8 0 2 2 1 5 1 0 18 TRENT F 39 10-17 7-11 3 5 8 4 6 1 2 27 SABONIS C 29 4-9 5-6 2 11 13 6 3 0 3 14 ANDERSON G 33 2-10 4-4 4 5 9 6 2 2 4 8 WILLIAMS G 39 7-16 5-6 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 19 ONEAL 24 6-7 1-3 3 5 8 0 2 0 1 13 CATO 4 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 ASKEW 14 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 3 5 1 3 4 BRUNSON 24 2-6 6-8 1 1 2 4 3 3 2 11 AUGMON 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION RIDER DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 39-80 35-48 14 35 49 27 29 9 16 115 (.488) (.729) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 24 2-5 0-0 4 6 10 1 3 0 0 4 MCDYESS F 22 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 1 0 6 ROBINSON C 43 11-17 8-10 7 8 15 1 3 1 3 31 KIDD G 36 3-15 0-0 2 5 7 6 5 2 6 6 CHAPMAN G 38 7-22 3-5 0 3 3 3 3 0 2 19 WILLIAMS 7 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 2 JOHNSON 20 3-5 3-3 1 0 1 5 3 1 3 9 NASH 14 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 6 1 0 5 MANNING 32 7-14 14-19 5 4 9 3 3 2 1 28 CEBALLOS 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MCCLOUD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-97 28-37 19 33 52 23 30 8 15 110 (.402) (.757) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

PORTLAND 26 26 30 33 - 115 PHOENIX 24 20 33 33 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - TRENT 3, ONEAL 2, WALLACE. PHOENIX - MCDYESS 4, ROBINSON, KIDD, CHAPMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 2-4 (.500), SABONIS 1-2, WILLIAMS 0-1, BRUNSON 1-1. PHOENIX 4-16 (.250), ROBINSON 1-1, KIDD 0-6, CHAPMAN 2-6, JOHNSON 0-1, NASH 1-1, CEBALLOS 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, PHOENIX - ROBINSON, BRYANT. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, BLANE REICHELT, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 19,023. T - 2:34.


PORTLAND (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 33 6-11 6-8 0-2 1 5 18 Trent 39 10-17 7-11 3-8 4 6 27 Sabonis 29 4-9 5-6 2-13 6 3 14 Anderson 33 2-10 4-4 4-9 6 2 8 Williams 39 7-16 5-6 0-0 3 2 19 Oneal 24 6-7 1-3 3-8 0 2 13 Cato 4 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 0 1 Askew 14 2-3 0-0 1-4 3 5 4 Brunson 24 2-6 6-8 1-2 4 3 11 Augmon 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Lister DNP - coach's decision Rider DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-80 35-48 14-49 27 29 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.729. 3-Point Goals: 2-4, .500 (Sabonis 1-2, Williams 0-1, Brunson 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Trent 3, Oneal 2, Wallace). Turnovers: 16 (Anderson 4, Askew 3, Sabonis 3, Brunson 2, Trent 2, Oneal, Williams). Steals: 9 (Brunson 3, Anderson 2, Askew, Cato, Trent, Wallace).

PHOENIX (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 24 2-5 0-0 4-10 1 3 4 Mcdyess 22 3-9 0-0 0-3 0 4 6 Robinson 43 11-17 8-10 7-15 1 3 31 Kidd 36 3-15 0-0 2-7 6 5 6 Chapman 38 7-22 3-5 0-3 3 3 19 Williams 7 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 0 2 Johnson 20 3-5 3-3 1-1 5 3 9 Nash 14 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 6 5 Manning 32 7-14 14-19 5-9 3 3 28 Ceballos 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mccloud 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-97 28-37 19-52 23 30 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Robinson 1-1, Kidd 0-6, Chapman 2-6, Johnson 0-1, Nash 1-1, Ceballos 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcdyess 4, Robinson, Kidd, Chapman). Turnovers: 15 (Kidd 6, Johnson 3, Robinson 3, Chapman 2, Manning). Steals: 8 (Kidd 2, Manning 2, Johnson, Mcdyess, Nash, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Portland 26 26 30 33 - 115 Phoenix 24 20 33 33 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 11:39 3rd). Phoenix 2 (Robinson, 5:03 2nd; Bryant, 7:14 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:34. Officials: Jack Nies, Blane Reichelt, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Gary Trent tied a career high with 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Suns in Phoenix for the fourth straight time, 115-110.

Rookie Alvin Williams scored a career-high 19 points and Rasheed Wallace added 18 for Portland, which has won four of its last five games.

Neither Trent or Williams even played in the last meeting between these teams on November 14th, when the Suns came away with a memorable 140-139 quadruple-overtime victory over the Trail Blazers. One man who did play in that game and finished with 35 points was Portland's leading scorer, Isaiah Rider, who missed this contest due to a one-game team suspension.

The Trail Blazers improved to 4-2 this season when Rider has missed a game due to a suspension. After having a disagreement with coach Mike Dunleavy late in Tuesday's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Rider opted to go to the locker room rather than sit on the bench, resulting in his suspension by the team.

"We had talked to our guys about coming in here tonight and really putting it on from an effort standpoint and our guys delivered," Dunleavy said. "Without having J.R. (Rider) with us tonight, everyone picked it up and got it done."

Former Blazer Cliff Robinson had season highs of 31 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix, which has been unable to win at home in this series since November 18th, 1995. Danny Manning added 28 points as the Suns lost for just the second time in their last seven games overall.

"That was a tough one to lose, but those guys are playing well," Robinson said. "We just have to get back to the defensive intensity we were playing with on the road before the All-Star break."

Portland never trailed after the opening minutes and appeared to have the game well in hand when Trent sank two free throws for a 96-83 lead with 6:52 to play.

Rex Chapman drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 99-91, but Trent answered with a three-point play to increase the lead back to double digits with just under four minutes to go.

The Suns trailed 106-95 with 2:54 remaining when Jason Kidd fed Robinson for a layup to spark a 9-0 spurt. Steve Nash had a fast-break layup and Robinson drained a three-pointer before blocking a dunk attempt by Wallace. Manning followed that effort with a pair of free throws to cap the run and make it 106-104 with 1:04 to go.

With the shot clock winding down on the ensuing possession, Chapman committed a foul that sent Trent to the line. He made both free throws, and after Kidd missed a layup, Wallace sank a pair from the line with 33 seconds left to increase the lead to 110-104.

"Home teams are going to always make that push late in the game," Trent explained. "They made their push, their best blow and we absorbed it. We came back with our flurry of blows at the end of the game. We just tried to capitalize at the end and we made our free throws down the stretch."

Rookie Rick Brunson, who had 11 points, hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to help secure the victory. Another rookie playing a major role for the Blazers was Jermaine O'Neal, who finished with a career-best 13 points and eight rebounds.

Arvydas Sabonis chipped in 14 points, 13 boards and six assists and Trent contributed eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Portland shot 49 percent from the field (39-of-80) while holding the Suns to 40 percent (39-of-97).

Chapman had 19 points, but was just 7-of-22 from the field. Kidd had six points, seven rebounds and six assists, but was an atrocious 3-of-15 from the floor while committing six turnovers.

"The ball wasn't going in for us tonight," Kidd said. "Cliff (Robinson) played well for us tonight, we just couldn't get anyone to join him."

The Suns continuously were unable to get over the hump in this game. After leading 10-8 early in the opening period, Phoenix tied the contest five times but was never able to retake the lead.

Williams got the start in place of Rider and the Blazers improved to 9-1 when he is in the starting lineup. Williams scored eight points in the first quarter and helped the Blazers to a 26-24 edge.

"We were missing a key component to our team tonight. It's a situation where everyone had to step up their game out there," Williams said. "I was hoping that I could step up tonight and fill in a big role."

After taking a 31-26 lead on a free throw by Cato, Kevin Johnson sank two free throws and Chapman hit a three-pointer to tie the game. But the Blazers responded with eight straight points, including four by Wallace and a three-pointer by Brunson. Portland went on for a 52-44 halftime lead.

Kidd's fast-break dunk knotted the score, 68-68, with 4:10 left in the third period, but once again the Suns were unable to go in front. Brunson fed Anderson for a layup before hitting a pair of free throws, and Sabonis buried a three-pointer to put the Blazers ahead 75-68. Portland led by five after three quarters and a layup by Williams early the final period built the lead to 88-77.

"We just didn't start playing with much energy until four minutes left in the game," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "We weren't playing hard to win, but just punching the clock tonight."

Mark Bryant grabbed 10 rebounds for the Suns, who owned a 52-49 edge on the glass but connected on just 4-of-16 from behind the arc.

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