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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 25 15 23 19 82 NEW YORK 20 17 20 20 77 FINAL


PORTLAND (82) AT NEW YORK (77)

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

WALLACE F 41 6-12 1-3 1 7 8 1 3 0 4 13 B GRANT F 36 8-9 5-9 5 5 10 3 2 0 2 21 SABONIS C 34 6-9 9-9 1 10 11 3 1 0 5 21 RIDER G 38 7-15 0-0 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 16 BRUNSON G 34 1-7 2-2 1 1 2 5 1 1 1 4 AUGMON 27 2-6 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 1 1 4 CROTTY 15 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 ONEAL 5 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 10 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 3 CATO DNP - COACH'S DECISION G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-65 17-23 10 35 45 19 17 2 20 82 (.477) (.739) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(9 PTS)

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

BOWIE F 6 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 JOHNSON F 40 4-6 2-2 2 6 8 1 4 1 1 10 OAKLEY C 40 3-9 0-0 3 4 7 3 2 3 2 6 HOUSTON G 46 7-26 3-4 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 18 WARD G 35 5-9 5-5 1 5 6 11 0 0 3 19 CUMMINGS 21 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 8 H WILLIAMS 12 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 0 0 4 STARKS 27 4-13 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 1 1 10 CHILDS 13 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLS DNP - BONE BRUISE THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-78 12-13 10 24 34 20 20 7 11 77 (.385) (.923) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

PORTLAND 25 15 23 19 - 82 NEW YORK 20 17 20 20 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, SABONIS, ONEAL. NEW YORK - HOUSTON, WARD, H WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-12 (.250), SABONIS 0-1, RIDER 2-5, BRUNSON 0-4, CROTTY 0-1, WILLIAMS 1-1. NEW YORK 5-15 (.333), HOUSTON 1-5, WARD 4-6, STARKS 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, RON OLESIAK, SEAN CORBIN. A - 19,763. T - 2:13.


PORTLAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 41 6-12 1-3 1-8 1 3 13 B Grant 36 8-9 5-9 5-10 3 2 21 Sabonis 34 6-9 9-9 1-11 3 1 21 Rider 38 7-15 0-0 0-4 4 3 16 Brunson 34 1-7 2-2 1-2 5 1 4 Augmon 27 2-6 0-0 2-6 0 3 4 Crotty 15 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Oneal 5 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Williams 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 3 Cato DNP - coach's decision G Grant DNP - coach's decision Lister DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-65 17-23 10-45 19 17 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Sabonis 0-1, Rider 2-5, Brunson 0-4, Crotty 0-1, Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace, Sabonis, Oneal). Turnovers: 20 (Sabonis 5, Wallace 4, B Grant 2, Crotty 2, Rider 2, Williams 2, Augmon, Brunson, Oneal). Steals: 2 (Augmon, Brunson).

NEW YORK (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowie 6 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Johnson 40 4-6 2-2 2-8 1 4 10 Oakley 40 3-9 0-0 3-7 3 2 6 Houston 46 7-26 3-4 1-2 1 1 18 Ward 35 5-9 5-5 1-6 11 0 19 Cummings 21 4-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 8 H Williams 12 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 4 Starks 27 4-13 2-2 1-4 2 4 10 Childs 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Davis DNP - coach's decision Mills DNP - bone bruise Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 12-13 10-34 20 20 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Houston 1-5, Ward 4-6, Starks 0-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Houston, Ward, H Williams). Turnovers: 13 (Ward 3, Cummings 2, Houston 2, Oakley 2, Johnson, Starks). Steals: 7 (Oakley 3, Cummings, Houston, Johnson, Starks). ____________________________________________ Portland 25 15 23 19 - 82 New York 20 17 20 20 - 77 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:13. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Ron Olesiak, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Arvydas Sabonis and Brian Grant scored 21 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers began a three-game road trip with an 82-77 victory over the undersized and undermanned New York Knicks.

Rasheed Wallace scored 13 points, the 7-3 Sabonis grabbed 11 rebounds and Grant pulled down 10 for the Trail Blazers, whose starting frontcourt outscored the Knicks' front line, 55-16. Injuries have left New York with just 10 players, including no true centers, as it was outrebounded, 45-34.

"Defensively, I thought our guys did a great job," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We did an incredible job on the boards."

"They won the game in the paint," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "They scored in there and then they outrebounded us. I don't put that just on our bigs. We didn't help our bigs because they were engaged in blockouts, particularly early in the game. You can't ask guys to block out when they are undersized."

Portland led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter but went the final 4:17 without a basket. However, the Trail Blazers forced a crucial five-second violation with 7.4 seconds left to seal the win and move closer to their 16th consecutive playoff berth, the longest current streak.

Charlie Ward had a career-high 19 points and 11 assists and Allan Houston shot poorly but added 18 points for the slumping Knicks, who have lost four of five and seven of nine. New York has fallen into a tie with Cleveland for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

"We played hard, did the best we could," Ward said. "We didn't make shots down the stretch, you can't fault the effort. I think we played a pretty good game."

Wallace scored with 6:03 to go, giving the Blazers a 72-63 lead. They still led 76-68 after another basket by Wallace with 4:17 left, but did not score from the field again.

A drive by John Starks, who scored 10 points, triggered an 8-2 burst for the Knicks. Houston scored from the left wing and Sabonis made two free throws before Starks hit a pair from the line and scored on a turnaround jumper to make it 78-76 with 1:21 remaining.

Houston and Charles Oakley missed shots on New York's next possession and Grant made 1-of-2 from the line with 16 seconds left. Houston drew a foul and made the first free throw before intentionally missing the second. Starks ran down the rebound and fed Houston for an open three-pointer that missed.

Grant grabbed another rebound and split another pair at the line with 7.4 seconds to go. But the Knicks were out of timeouts and Oakley could not find an open man with the inbounds pass. The Blazers took over and Rick Brunson made two free throws to seal it.

"I didn't get it in there," Oakley said. "We'd been in a lot of close games. We had some chances, we blew them. We talked about what we wanted to run, they double-teamed Allan and the outlet wasn't there."

"I think our size had somethng to do with it but more than that, I think we had good spacing," Grant said. "Tonight we were physical on the glass, we were controlling the boards and got some second-chance points."

Isaiah Rider scored 16 points for the Blazers, who shot 48 percent (31-of-65) from the field but committed 20 turnovers. Portland gained a split of the season series.

"Against us in Portland, they were running the same plays," Rider said. "All those picks, but when they run plays like that, our big man has to step up and show until you catch up and then he can go back to his man. Last game in Portland, we didn't do that at all and they took advantage of that."

Larry Johnson chipped in 10 points for the Knicks, who shot 38.5 percent (30-of-78) and made 12-of-13 free throws. Houston was just 7-of-26 from the field.

"We tried to make it difficult for Houston to get shots," said Dunleavy. "We wanted to contest Allan's shots and control the glass. Our guys did a pretty good job of that. Our guys were focused and for the most part, we stayed with our coverages."

Knicks guard Chris Childs, who had not played since February 22nd, made his return and scored two points in 13 minutes. But New York was still without centers Patrick Ewing and Chris Dudley and power forward Buck Williams, all of whom are expected to miss the rest of the regular season.

The Blazers led by three points at halftime, but a three-pointer by Ward gave the Knicks their first lead of the game at 48-46 with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. Portland took the lead for good at 56-55 with 4:12 left on two free throws by Sabonis. He scored eight points in the period, which ended with the Blazers holding a 63-57 lead.

Sabonis scored eight points and Grant and Rider added six each in the first quarter as Portland bolted to a 25-20 lead. The Knicks cut the deficit to 40-37 at halftime.

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