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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 24 16 25 17 82 PORTLAND 29 17 34 37 117 FINAL


DENVER (82) AT PORTLAND (117)

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

BATTIE F 30 4-12 2-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 5 10 L ELLIS F 34 5-13 3-4 1 3 4 5 3 1 3 13 D GARRETT C 33 4-5 1-3 1 3 4 1 3 2 0 9 WASHINGTON G 33 5-9 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 12 GOLDWIRE G 33 3-10 2-2 2 1 3 4 3 2 3 8 JACKSON 26 1-7 1-2 0 1 1 8 3 1 2 3 NEWMAN 25 5-12 10-11 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 21 FORTSON 19 2-4 0-0 3 4 7 1 2 0 2 4 WOLF 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-73 19-24 9 15 24 23 27 11 17 82 (.411) (.792) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 36 9-12 3-3 3 6 9 1 3 0 2 21 WALLACE F 38 6-9 1-2 1 2 3 3 3 1 2 14 SABONIS C 29 4-5 3-3 1 7 8 6 3 0 2 12 RIDER G 42 13-21 4-4 1 4 5 7 4 1 3 31 BRUNSON G 41 2-7 6-8 1 5 6 9 0 4 4 11 ASKEW 11 0-1 4-4 1 2 3 3 1 1 2 4 GRANT 14 2-4 3-4 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 7 AUGMON 18 2-4 4-6 1 0 1 2 2 2 2 8 CATO 11 4-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 9 ROGERS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM FOLLOWING TRADE STOUDAMIRE DNP - NOT WITH TEAM FOLLOWING TRADE WILLIAMS DNP - NOT WITH TEAM FOLLOWING TRADE

TOTALS 240 42-67 29-36 9 30 39 31 20 9 17 117 (.627) (.806) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

DENVER 24 16 25 17 - 82 PORTLAND 29 17 34 37 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - BATTIE 2, L ELLIS, WASHINGTON. PORTLAND - ONEAL 2, ASKEW, GRANT, AUGMON, CATO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 3-10 (.300), L ELLIS 0-3, WASHINGTON 2-3, GOLDWIRE 0-3, NEWMAN 1-1. PORTLAND 4-6 (.667), WALLACE 1-1, SABONIS 1-1, RIDER 1-2, BRUNSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GARY BENSON, SEAN CORBIN, RONNIE NUNN. A - 21,140. T - 2:10.


DENVER (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 30 4-12 2-2 2-4 1 4 10 L Ellis 34 5-13 3-4 1-4 5 3 13 D Garrett 33 4-5 1-3 1-4 1 3 9 Washington 33 5-9 0-0 0-1 2 2 12 Goldwire 33 3-10 2-2 2-3 4 3 8 Jackson 26 1-7 1-2 0-1 8 3 3 Newman 25 5-12 10-11 0-0 1 3 21 Fortson 19 2-4 0-0 3-7 1 2 4 Wolf 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 19-24 9-24 23 27 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Ellis 0-3, Washington 2-3, Goldwire 0-3, Newman 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie 2, L Ellis, Washington). Turnovers: 17 (Battie 5, Goldwire 3, L Ellis 3, Fortson 2, Jackson 2, Washington 2). Steals: 11 (Newman 4, D Garrett 2, Goldwire 2, Battie, Jackson, L Ellis).

PORTLAND (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 36 9-12 3-3 3-9 1 3 21 Wallace 38 6-9 1-2 1-3 3 3 14 Sabonis 29 4-5 3-3 1-8 6 3 12 Rider 42 13-21 4-4 1-5 7 4 31 Brunson 41 2-7 6-8 1-6 9 0 11 Askew 11 0-1 4-4 1-3 3 1 4 Grant 14 2-4 3-4 0-3 0 1 7 Augmon 18 2-4 4-6 1-1 2 2 8 Cato 11 4-4 1-2 0-1 0 3 9 Rogers DNP - not with team following trade Stoudamire DNP - not with team following trade Williams DNP - not with team following trade _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-67 29-36 9-39 31 20 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.627, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Wallace 1-1, Sabonis 1-1, Rider 1-2, Brunson 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 2, Askew, Grant, Augmon, Cato). Turnovers: 18 (Brunson 4, Rider 3, Askew 2, Augmon 2, Oneal 2, Sabonis 2, Wallace 2). Steals: 9 (Brunson 4, Augmon 2, Askew, Rider, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Denver 24 16 25 17 - 82 Portland 29 17 34 37 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,140. T: 2:10. Officials: Gary Benson, Sean Corbin, Ronnie Nunn.


GAME RECAP

Isaiah Rider scored 31 points as the Portland Trail Blazers, despite having just nine players available, routed the Denver Nuggets, 117-82, for their fourth straight victory.

Jermaine O'Neal added a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds in his first start of the season for Portland. The Blazers were not permitted to use newly acquired guard Damon Stoudamire and forwards Walt Williams and Carlos Rogers due to problems with the physicals of Gary Trent and Alvin Williams, who they had shipped to Toronto along with Kenny Anderson in the trade.

Rasheed Wallace contributed 14 points for Portland, which scored over 100 points for the fifth straight game and defeated Denver for the 10th consecutive time. The Blazers had not scored 100 or more in five straight games since December, 1995.

Johnny Newman scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped three games in a row. Denver has lost its last two games by a combined 27 points.

"Last time they were here (a 94-82 Portland win on January 18th) the game was too close," Rider said. "They should not be able to play with us, period. We took them for granted but tonight we put it all together."

Denver was within 55-48 after Tony Battie knocked down a jumper with 9:06 left in the third quarter. But Rick Brunson, who played superbly in his second straight start at point guard, buried a three-pointer to ignite a 15-4 burst. O'Neal made a pair of layups and added two free throws in the run, which provided Portland with a 70-52 cushion with 5:29 remaining in the period.

"Rick Brunson has been playing great," Rider said. "He is better than both of the Houston guards and he deserves a chance to play in this league."

The Blazers put the game away with a 10-0 run, spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters. Stacey Augmon's layup ended the third quarter and gave the Blazers an 80-65 lead and his layup with 10:05 remaining in the fourth capped it for an 88-65 bulge. Rider also had four points in the run.

Portland turned it into a laugher and may have created some bad blood late in the fourth. A 15-2 surge, featuring mostly dunks, ending on O'Neal's dunk with 3:07 to go gave Portland a 107-73 advantage, but the Blazers kept starters on the floor. Rider buried a three-pointer with 1:26 to play for the largest lead, 113-77, and the Blazers fed O'Neal for a bucket with one-tenth of a second left so he could better his previous career high.

"This is not fun, being dunked on," Denver center Dean Garrett said. "Every dog has its day and today was their day. The Nugget organization, as long as I'm a Nugget, I'm never going to forget that, especially them giving the ball to Jermaine O'Neal at the end of the gane and letting him score. Their day is coming soon."

The Nuggets had a 36-34 lead midway through the second quarter, but Portland scored five straight points to grab the lead for good on a jumper by Arvydas Sabonis with 4:46 left in the half. The Blazers went on to a 46-40 halftime lead.

Sabonis finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Brunson 11 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals for the Blazers, who shot 63 percent (42-of-67) from the field and held a 39-24 rebounding advantage. Portland made 17 straight free throws at one point in the second half and went 29-of-36 (81 percent) from the line.

"Our press worked for us, we are pushing it and rebounding very well," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Thirty one assists is a nice number, 36 free throws and 80 percent is very encouraging."

LaPhonso Ellis scored 13 points, Eric Washington added 12 and Battie 10 for the Nuggets, who shot 41 percent (30-of-73).

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