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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 24 27 15 13 79 SAN ANTONIO 18 22 15 20 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 28, ISAIAH RIDER 14, BRIAN GRANT 13 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 24, DAVID ROBINSON 23, JAREN JACKSON 14


Box Score

PORTLAND (79) AT SAN ANTONIO (75)

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

WALLACE F 44 13-21 2-4 0 5 5 0 3 0 3 28 B GRANT F 29 6-15 1-1 3 5 8 0 5 0 1 13 CATO C 23 1-5 1-2 1 5 6 0 4 2 0 3 RIDER G 37 6-14 2-2 3 2 5 1 2 0 1 14 STOUDAMIRE G 38 2-6 1-2 1 5 6 15 0 1 4 6 LISTER 14 3-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 6 AUGMON 15 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 ONEAL 7 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 G GRANT 10 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 23 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 7 CROTTY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - BRUISED RIGHT HIP

TOTALS 240 35-75 7-11 10 29 39 20 22 7 13 79 (.467) (.636) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 48 7-16 10-13 8 7 15 1 2 2 2 24 ROBINSON F 42 8-17 7-12 5 13 18 3 3 1 4 23 W PERDUE C 18 0-2 0-2 0 4 4 3 2 0 1 0 JACKSON G 45 5-13 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 14 DEL NEGRO G 41 2-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 5 3 1 6 JOHNSON 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 M WILLIAMS 21 3-12 0-0 4 2 6 2 1 2 2 6 HERRERA 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 LOHAUS 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 GEARY 4 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BURTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-73 19-29 18 30 48 14 17 10 14 75 (.356) (.655) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

PORTLAND 24 27 15 13 - 79 SAN ANTONIO 18 22 15 20 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - CATO 3, WALLACE 2, WILLIAMS, AUGMON, ONEAL. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, DUNCAN 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 2-6 (.333), RIDER 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 1-2, WILLIAMS 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 4-14 (.286), DUNCAN 0-1, JACKSON 4-10, DEL NEGRO 0-2, LOHAUS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JOE DEROSA, JIM KINSEY. A - 15,079. T - 2:03.


Agate Box Score

PORTLAND (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 44 13-21 2-4 0-5 0 3 28 B Grant 29 6-15 1-1 3-8 0 5 13 Cato 23 1-5 1-2 1-6 0 4 3 Rider 37 6-14 2-2 3-5 1 2 14 Stoudamire 38 2-6 1-2 1-6 15 0 6 Lister 14 3-3 0-0 1-4 0 3 6 Augmon 15 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Oneal 7 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 G Grant 10 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Williams 23 3-7 0-0 1-2 2 1 7 Crotty DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - bruised right hip _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 7-11 10-39 20 22 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Rider 0-2, Stoudamire 1-2, Williams 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Cato 3, Wallace 2, Williams, Augmon, Oneal). Turnovers: 13 (Stoudamire 4, Wallace 3, Williams 2, Augmon, B Grant, Oneal, Rider). Steals: 7 (Augmon 2, Cato 2, Oneal, Stoudamire, Williams).

SAN ANTONIO (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 48 7-16 10-13 8-15 1 2 24 Robinson 42 8-17 7-12 5-18 3 3 23 W Perdue 18 0-2 0-2 0-4 3 2 0 Jackson 45 5-13 0-0 1-2 1 2 14 Del Negro 41 2-7 2-2 0-2 3 5 6 Johnson 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Williams 21 3-12 0-0 4-6 2 1 6 Herrera 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Lohaus 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Geary 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Burton DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-73 19-29 18-48 14 17 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.655. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Duncan 0-1, Jackson 4-10, Del Negro 0-2, Lohaus 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Robinson 4, Duncan 2). Turnovers: 15 (Robinson 4, Jackson 3, Duncan 2, M Williams 2, Del Negro, Herrera, W Perdue). Steals: 10 (Del Negro 3, Duncan 2, M Williams 2, Herrera, Jackson, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Portland 24 27 15 13 - 79 San Antonio 18 22 15 20 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,079. T: 2:03. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Derosa, Jim Kinsey.


Game Recap

Rasheed Wallace scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame the absence of center Arvydas Sabonis to post a 79-75 victory over San Antonio Spurs, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Wallace scored 14 points in the second quarter, when Portland built a 15-point lead, its biggest of the game. A basket by Wallace gave the Trail Blazers a 39-24 advantage with 6:33 left in the first half. They never trailed thereafter.

The 7-3 Sabonis missed his third straight game with a bruised right hip. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Kelvin Cato, who had three points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.

Seldom-used Alton Lister played 14 minutes off the bench and contributed his first six points of the season along with four boards. The duo held their own against San Antonio's "Twin Towers" frontline of David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

Isaiah Rider added 14 points, Brian Grant 13 and eight boards and Damon Stoudamire had 15 assists for the Blazers, who split their four-game season series with San Antonio while winning for just the second time in six games.

"I am extremely happy with tonight's game. Our players were able to step up and play well," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We had a lot of players come off the bench and contribute. Alton Lister had a strong effort and a lot of positive things can be drawn from tonight's performance.

"San Antonio's inside players are so talented," Dunleavy continued. "You have to double-team them down low and mix it up defensively. We were able to contest their shots and get good rotation. We made Robinson work for what they got, but we didin't stop them by any means."

Duncan collected 24 points and 15 rebounds and Robinson 23 and 18 for San Antonio, which outrebounded Portland, 48-39. The Spurs lost for just the fourth time in 18 games with its daunting seven-foot frontcourt of Duncan, Robinson and Will Perdue.

"This was the second game in a row where we spotted a team a 10 or 12-point lead," Robinson said. "Portland played well and executed well. They made some tough shots, ones with hands in their faces.

"We took awkward shots," added Robinson. "We didn't take shots in the flow of our offense and that made things tougher for us. We're going to win games when we play smart ball and we didn't do that tonight."

The Blazers shot 47 percent (35-for-75) from the field while limiting the Spurs to 36 percent (26-for-73) shooting. The Spurs were just 4-of-14 from three-point range and 19-of-29 from the foul line.

"Losses aren't pleasing. We're not a great shooting team and 36 percent makes it tough," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We had 29 free throws to their 11. We had eight more offensive rebounds. By the end of the game we were aggressive, but 36 percent shooting isn't going to get it done."

Trailing 66-55 entering the fourth quarter, the Spurs used an 8-0 burst to pull within one point late in the game.

Jaren Jackson connected on back-to-back three-pointers to pull San Antonio within 76-73 with 2:51 remaining. But after Robinson's two free throws cut it to one, Wallace was fouled inside by Duncan and hit two free throws.

San Antonio wasted a chance to pull closer when Robinson turned the ball over with 52 seconds left. The Spurs missed two chances to tie in the last 13 seconds when Jackson and Vinny Del Negro each missed three-pointers.

Stoudamire made one of two free throws with 5.5 seconds left for the final margin and Duncan missed a desperation three-point heave with just under two seconds remaining.

"I feel that we are one of the few teams that can match up with San Antonio," Stoudamire said. "We are able to make their big men work hard for their buckets. The key is not to let everybody else go off.

The Blazers moved ahead less than two minutes into the first quarter and never lost the lead. After Robinson gave the Spurs their only advantage, 2-0 just 20 seconds into the game, Rider answered with a jumper and a layup for a 4-2 Portland lead.

The Blazers opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run to stretch their lead to 12 points. Wallace accounted for six of his 14 points in the spurt, which was capped by Jermaine O'Neal's jumper with 9:01 left that gave Portland a 32-20 lead.

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