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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 26 20 12 22 80 MIAMI 28 29 27 28 112 FINAL


PORTLAND (80) AT MIAMI (112)

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

B GRANT F 36 4-9 0-0 2 8 10 1 3 0 4 8 WALLACE F 37 7-12 2-4 1 4 5 3 2 2 0 16 SABONIS C 29 5-10 4-4 0 3 3 3 2 1 2 14 RIDER G 37 9-19 4-7 3 1 4 1 4 0 2 23 G GRANT G 22 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 4 4 1 1 4 CROTTY 25 2-7 1-2 1 2 3 3 2 0 5 5 AUGMON 30 2-5 1-2 1 6 7 3 5 1 5 5 BRUNSON 16 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 3 CATO 8 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 12-19 9 31 40 20 23 5 21 80 (.446) (.632) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(19 PTS)

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

MAJERLE F 32 5-9 0-0 0 6 6 0 3 0 0 13 BROWN F 14 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 0 0 MOURNING C 32 9-16 4-5 3 1 4 3 2 1 5 22 LENARD G 28 4-11 5-5 1 2 3 5 4 0 1 15 HARDAWAY G 29 5-13 6-8 0 5 5 13 0 0 1 20 STRICKLAND 27 11-14 1-2 2 2 4 1 0 2 0 23 MURDOCK 20 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 6 3 3 0 4 BARRY 15 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 6 MILLS 21 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 6 CAUSWELL 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 WALTERS 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 CONLON 7 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 3

TOTALS 240 42-84 17-22 9 30 39 35 20 10 11 112 (.500) (.773) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(6 PTS)

PORTLAND 26 20 12 22 - 80 MIAMI 28 29 27 28 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - SABONIS 3, AUGMON 2, CATO. MIAMI - MOURNING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 2-9 (.222), SABONIS 0-1, RIDER 1-4, CROTTY 0-1, BRUNSON 1-3. MIAMI 11-25 (.440), MAJERLE 3-7, LENARD 2-5, HARDAWAY 4-8, BARRY 2-3, MILLS 0-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, KEN MAUER, MIKE SMITH. A - 15,200. T - 1:59.


PORTLAND (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 36 4-9 0-0 2-10 1 3 8 Wallace 37 7-12 2-4 1-5 3 2 16 Sabonis 29 5-10 4-4 0-3 3 2 14 Rider 37 9-19 4-7 3-4 1 4 23 G Grant 22 2-5 0-0 1-6 4 4 4 Crotty 25 2-7 1-2 1-3 3 2 5 Augmon 30 2-5 1-2 1-7 3 5 5 Brunson 16 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 Cato 8 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Lister DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 12-19 9-40 20 23 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Sabonis 0-1, Rider 1-4, Crotty 0-1, Brunson 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Sabonis 3, Augmon 2, Cato). Turnovers: 22 (Augmon 5, Crotty 5, B Grant 4, Rider 2, Sabonis 2, Brunson, Cato, G Grant). Steals: 5 (Wallace 2, Augmon, G Grant, Sabonis).

MIAMI (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 32 5-9 0-0 0-6 0 3 13 Brown 14 0-1 0-0 2-4 1 1 0 Mourning 32 9-16 4-5 3-4 3 2 22 Lenard 28 4-11 5-5 1-3 5 4 15 Hardaway 29 5-13 6-8 0-5 13 0 20 Strickland 27 11-14 1-2 2-4 1 0 23 Murdock 20 2-5 0-0 0-2 6 3 4 Barry 15 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 2 6 Mills 21 3-6 0-0 1-5 3 3 6 Causwell 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Walters 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Conlon 7 1-3 1-2 0-2 0 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-84 17-22 9-39 35 20 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 11-25, .440 (Majerle 3-7, Lenard 2-5, Hardaway 4-8, Barry 2-3, Mills 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Mourning 2). Turnovers: 11 (Mourning 5, Causwell, Conlon, Hardaway, Lenard, Mills, Walters). Steals: 10 (Murdock 3, Strickland 2, Barry, Brown, Mills, Mourning, Walters). ____________________________________________ Portland 26 20 12 22 - 80 Miami 28 29 27 28 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Head Coach Dunleavy 2 (ejected), 7:52 3rd, 2:36 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 1:59. Officials: Bill Oakes, Ken Mauer, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Mark Strickland scored a career-high 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting and Alonzo Mourning added 22 as the Miami Heat moved closer to clinching their second straight Atlantic Division title with a 112-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Miami opened a 10 1/2-game lead over the second-place New York Knicks with just 13 games remaining. Any combination of Miami wins and New York losses totaling four will give the Heat the division championship.

"I'm concentrating more on defense now," said Strickland. "I'm also playing the boards. I'm getting to shoot the ball more because I'm now one of the regular guys. I get to play more. I have teammates that are going to reward me for getting out and running on the fast break."

Miami remained a half-game behind the Indiana Pacers in the battle for the second-best mark in the East. Miami must finish with a better record than the Pacers if it is to have home court advantage should the teams collide in the second round.

"We obviously put together our best game in a while, especially here at home," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "I thought the thing that really broke the game for us was our ability to push the basketball down the court. We got a number of easy opportunities."

But Miami may have lost forward P.J. Brown, who did not return after spraining his left ankle with 10:06 remaining in the second quarter. The extent of the injury was not immediately known, although Miami officials do not think Brown, who was taken for X-rays, suffered a fracture. He is listed as day-to-day.

"I'd say he's indefinite, but he rolled it pretty good," said Riley. "I'm not going to put a time table on it. (At) one time (in his career) he had a lot of sprained ankles and never missed more than a week. In the next two to three days we'll know more about it. He's so valuable to us in so many areas."

The Heat have won five of their last six games and 17 of their last 20 to take control of the division. The 32-point win was the biggest of the season for the Heat, surpassing a 99-72 rout of the Chicago Bulls on January 7th.

Portland opened a 40-36 lead on Isaiah Rider's three-point play with 6:50 left in the first half, but Miami outscored the Trail Blazers 21-6 to grab a 57-46 halftime lead.

The Heat, who set a season high with 35 assists, capped a 33-8 burst to build a 79-52 cushion on Mourning's two foul shots with 4:29 left in the third quarter. Mourning, Voshon Lenard and Dan Majerle combined for 27 points in the run.

"We shot 54 percent in the first half but they came out scorching (in the second half)," said Portland coach Mike Dunleavy, who was ejected with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

"We took some ill-advised long shots and they came back and scored," he added. "Their ability to make three-point shots really stretched us. It compounded our problems, with the fact that we turned the ball over 21 times."

The Heat outscored the Blazers, 27-12, in the third period to take an 84-58 lead into the final quarter. Miami opened its biggest advantage at 110-74 on Strickland's basket with 1:39 left.

The Heat completed their first season sweep of the Trail Blazers, giving up an average of just 74 points in the two games. Miami posted a 76-68 win in Portland on January 13th.

"I'm greedy and I'm sure my teammates feel the same way," said Mourning. "Although we played well tonight, we have to keep doing this consistently. The way we beat Portland, we should have beaten Detroit, Vancouver and the Warriors. We have to play this way at home on a consistent basis. We have to be more controlling and focused."

Rider scored 23 points and Rasheed Wallace 16 for Portland, which went 1-2 on its three-game road trip. The Blazers hold down the sixth spot in the Western Conference, one game ahead of the Houston Rockets.

"They hit a long of threes, that's what killed us," Wallace said. "We had too many turnovers but you can't dwell on this game or any game. We just have to move on."

Miami shot 50 percent (42-of-84) from the field and made 11-of-25 three-pointers, compared to just 2-of-9 for the Trail Blazers from beyond the arc. The Heat also outscored Portland, 22-7, in fast-break points.

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