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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 13 28 27 27 95 CHARLOTTE 32 26 28 11 97 FINAL


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PORTLAND (95) AT CHARLOTTE (97)

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

GRANT F 22 1-4 5-8 2 6 8 0 3 0 3 7 WILLIAMS F 26 4-12 4-6 1 4 5 2 6 1 1 16 WALLACE C 29 5-9 1-2 1 3 4 0 5 0 2 12 RIDER G 38 10-21 5-8 2 1 3 1 4 0 0 27 STOUDAMIRE G 36 5-17 1-2 1 3 4 9 1 1 2 12 ANTHONY 13 1-5 5-6 1 1 2 2 4 3 2 8 AUGMON 17 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 CATO 11 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 JACKSON 24 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 0 0 2 ONEAL 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 SABONIS 19 2-7 2-3 4 6 10 0 2 1 0 6 ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-81 26-39 17 27 44 18 32 8 11 95 (.370) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

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

PERSON F 30 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 5 1 1 8 REID F 40 7-12 8-8 0 5 5 1 3 3 4 22 COLEMAN C 43 8-15 10-13 2 6 8 3 3 0 1 28 PHILLS G 38 7-8 5-8 0 7 7 4 4 2 2 21 WESLEY G 46 6-15 4-8 1 1 2 13 5 0 4 16 BROWN 18 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 1 DAVIS 11 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 MILLER 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 SHACKLEFORD 11 0-0 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 1 0 0 RECASNER DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ELBOW ARMSTRONG DNP - INJURED RIGHT KNEE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-59 29-41 4 31 35 23 25 7 16 97 (.525) (.707) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

PORTLAND 13 28 27 27 - 95 CHARLOTTE 32 26 28 11 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - CATO, GRANT. CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN 2, WESLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 9-20 (.450), WILLIAMS 4-8, WALLACE 1-1, RIDER 2-5, STOUDAMIRE 1-2, ANTHONY 1-4. CHARLOTTE 6-10 (.600), PERSON 2-3, COLEMAN 2-3, PHILLS 2-3, WESLEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: SEAN CORBIN, RONNIE NUNN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 18,633. T - 2:34.


Box Score

PORTLAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 22 1-4 5-8 2-8 0 3 7 Williams 26 4-12 4-6 1-5 2 6 16 Wallace 29 5-9 1-2 1-4 0 5 12 Rider 38 10-21 5-8 2-3 1 4 27 Stoudamire 36 5-17 1-2 1-4 9 1 12 Anthony 13 1-5 5-6 1-2 2 4 8 Augmon 17 0-0 2-2 1-2 1 2 2 Cato 11 1-3 1-2 1-2 0 2 3 Jackson 24 1-3 0-0 2-3 3 3 2 Oneal 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Sabonis 19 2-7 2-3 4-10 0 2 6 Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-81 26-39 17-44 18 32 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Williams 4-8, Wallace 1-1, Rider 2-5, Stoudamire 1-2, Anthony 1-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Cato, Grant). Turnovers: 11 (Grant 3, Anthony 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, Augmon, Williams). Steals: 8 (Anthony 3, Augmon 2, Sabonis, Stoudamire, Williams).

CHARLOTTE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Person 30 3-6 0-0 0-3 2 5 8 Reid 40 7-12 8-8 0-5 1 3 22 Coleman 43 8-15 10-13 2-8 3 3 28 Phills 38 7-8 5-8 0-7 4 4 21 Wesley 46 6-15 4-8 1-2 13 5 16 Brown 18 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 4 1 Davis 11 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Miller 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Shackleford 11 0-0 0-0 0-6 0 0 0 Recasner DNP - sprained right elbow Armstrong DNP - injured right knee Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-59 29-41 4-35 23 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.707. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Person 2-3, Coleman 2-3, Phills 2-3, Wesley 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 3 (Coleman 2, Wesley). Turnovers: 17 (Reid 4, Wesley 4, Davis 3, Phills 2, Brown, Coleman, Person). Steals: 7 (Reid 3, Phills 2, Person, Shackleford). ____________________________________________ Portland 13 28 27 27 - 95 Charlotte 32 26 28 11 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Portland 1 (Anthony, 9:05 2nd). Charlotte 1 (Wesley, 7:57 2nd). A: 18,633. T: 2:34. Officials: Sean Corbin, Ronnie Nunn, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Derrick Coleman scored a season-high 28 points as the Charlotte Hornets nearly blew an 18-point lead in the final 9:59 before snapping a six-game losing streak with a 97-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

J.R. Reid scored 14 of his 22 points in the opening period and Bobby Phills added 21 for the Hornets, who rode a blistering first-quarter performance by Reid to a 32-13 lead. Phills picked up the slack in the second, scoring 15 points and helping Charlotte to a 58-41 halftime advantage.

The third quarter belonged to Coleman, who netted 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Hornets held a seemingly safe 86-68 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

But Portland used a 15-4 run over the first 5:57 of the fourth quarter and closed within 90-83 on a follow shot by Arvydas Sabonis. With Charlotte using few reserves, the deeper Blazers continued to push and nearly erased an eight-point deficit in the final 2:04.

A 3-pointer by Rasheed Wallace and a pull-up jumper by Isaiah Rider brought Portland within 97-94 with 39 seconds to play. Coleman had a drive blocked by Brian Grant, but Rider forced a 3-pointer that caromed off the rim. The rebound kicked out to Greg Anthony, who was fouled by Chuck Person with 8.1 seconds left.

Anthony made the first free throw and purposely missed the second, giving all five Blazers a chance to rebound as it bounced high off the rim. It worked as first Grant then Anderson tipped the ball, which worked its way to Wallace. But his 11-footer was no good, and the ball was slapped toward midcourt as time expired.

"I'm proud of the guys for coming back, but we exerted too much energy," said Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy. "We still had a chance to send the game into overtime. I was trying to keep Sabonis' minutes down, and it may have cost us the game."

It was the first win for Charlotte since a 94-91 victory over Miami on February 8.

Rider finished with 27 points and Walt Williams scored all of his 16 points in the second half for Portland, which had a five-game winning streak stopped. All three of the Blazers' losses have come on the road.

Reid went wild from the perimeter in the first quarter as the Blazers couldn't find him around the top of the key. Coleman had six points in the first 4:53 as the Hornets bolted to a 15-5 lead.

Perhaps pumped up to watch his alma mater North Carolina play top-ranked Duke on Saturday, Reid made five straight shots in a 3:23 span as Charlotte opened a 26-11 lead after he hit a 19-footer with 1:57 to go. He went 7-for-7 from the field -- hitting six mid-to-long range jumpers -- in the opening 12 minutes as the Hornets went 15-of-20 (75 percent) overall.

"J.R. Reid shot that thing," admitted Blazers center Brian Grant. "We got up on him, but he was so quick on his move, that little drop step. Once we got a feel for his intensity, we were finally able to slow him down a little."

"J.R. Reid hit all of those jump shots and blew the game wide open," echoed Rider. "He went crazy, he hit seven shots in a row."

Reid missed tying the team record for most baskets without a miss in a quarter by one. Dell Curry went 8-for-8 against Toronto on December 2, 1996.

Phills scored 10 of Charlotte's first 12 points in the second quarter, giving the Hornets a 44-25 lead after sinking a six-footer with 5:47 to go in the half. Portland closed within 52-39 on a four-point play by Rider, but Phills had a 3-pointer adn nine-footer to rebuild the lead to 18.

"Bobby Phills played extremely well against Isaiah Rider, who had 27 points," said Hornets coach Dave Cowens. "Bobby scored 21 points, but outrebounded him."

Coleman carried the Hornets at the outset of the third quarter, scoring 11 of their first 14 points. His second 3-pointer of the quarter gave them a 72-51 lead. Charlotte did not make a basket the final 6:12 of the quarter, but made 12-of-14 foul shots to maintain its huge lead.

"We got the shots on offense," said Coleman. "We wanted to press and trap and that's what we did. I was the tallest guy out there sometimes. I'm just trying to get the job done."

Charlotte never trailed and led by as many as 25 points. The Hornets shot a season-high 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the field and 6-of-10 from 3-point range. David Wesley contributed 16 points and a season-best 13 assists, but Charlotte received only two points from its bench on one free throw apiece from Chucky Brown and rookie Brad Miller.

Wallace and Damon Stoudamire scored 12 points apiece for Portland, which shot only 37 percent (30-of-81) from the field and were outrebounded, 44-35. The Blazers were playing their first of three games in three consecutive days. They also play at Washington on Saturday and at Minnesota on Sunday.

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