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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 17 19 21 14 71 PORTLAND 26 22 28 35 111 FINAL


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HOUSTON (71) AT PORTLAND (111)

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

BARKLEY F 33 4-12 2-4 5 3 8 1 2 1 3 10 PIPPEN F 35 3-11 2-2 1 6 7 4 3 1 4 10 OLAJUWON C 30 6-10 4-4 0 2 2 3 3 2 1 16 DICKERSON G 26 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 MOBLEY G 24 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 8 BULLARD 9 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 DREW 9 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 HARRINGTON 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 MALONEY 9 1-4 2-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 MILLER 12 2-6 4-4 4 2 6 0 1 0 1 8 PRICE 15 2-6 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 0 1 6 RHODES 26 1-7 5-6 1 1 2 0 5 1 3 7

TOTALS 240 23-74 21-24 15 20 35 14 24 7 19 71 (.311) (.875) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 26 3-4 2-2 0 4 4 3 2 0 0 8 GRANT F 25 4-4 2-2 1 5 6 0 2 0 2 10 SABONIS C 23 4-9 2-2 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 10 RIDER G 31 8-11 4-5 2 3 5 2 2 3 3 21 STOUDAMIRE G 28 3-11 3-3 0 2 2 7 3 1 3 9 ANTHONY 11 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 6 CATO 18 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 2 0 5 CROTTY 9 2-3 3-3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 JACKSON 21 5-9 1-3 0 4 4 3 5 3 1 14 ONEAL 12 4-5 1-1 3 3 6 1 1 0 0 9 WALLACE 18 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 6 WILLIAMS 18 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 4 5

TOTALS 240 42-76 18-21 7 32 39 26 24 12 16 111 (.553) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

HOUSTON 17 19 21 14 - 71 PORTLAND 26 22 28 35 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 2, MOBLEY, MILLER. PORTLAND - RIDER 3, CATO 2, WILLIAMS, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 4-18 (.222), PIPPEN 2-7, DICKERSON 0-2, MOBLEY 0-2, DREW 0-1, MALONEY 0-1, PRICE 2-5. PORTLAND 9-16 (.563), RIDER 1-2, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, ANTHONY 2-3, CATO 1-1, CROTTY 1-1, JACKSON 3-5, WILLIAMS 1-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - BARKLEY. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOMMIE WOOD, NOLAN FINE. A - 20,062. T - 2:07.


Box Score

HOUSTON (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 33 4-12 2-4 5-8 1 2 10 Pippen 35 3-11 2-2 1-7 4 3 10 Olajuwon 30 6-10 4-4 0-2 3 3 16 Dickerson 26 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 Mobley 24 3-7 2-2 0-0 3 3 8 Bullard 9 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Drew 9 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Harrington 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Maloney 9 1-4 2-2 1-1 0 0 4 Miller 12 2-6 4-4 4-6 0 1 8 Price 15 2-6 0-0 2-4 1 2 6 Rhodes 26 1-7 5-6 1-2 0 5 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-74 21-24 15-35 14 24 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.311, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Pippen 2-7, Dickerson 0-2, Mobley 0-2, Drew 0-1, Maloney 0-1, Price 2-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Olajuwon 2, Mobley, Miller). Turnovers: 19 (Pippen 4, Barkley 3, Rhodes 3, Harrington 2, Mobley 2, Bullard, Maloney, Miller, Olajuwon, Price). Steals: 7 (Olajuwon 2, Barkley, Harrington, Mobley, Pippen, Rhodes).

PORTLAND (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 26 3-4 2-2 0-4 3 2 8 Grant 25 4-4 2-2 1-6 0 2 10 Sabonis 23 4-9 2-2 1-5 1 2 10 Rider 31 8-11 4-5 2-5 2 2 21 Stoudamire 28 3-11 3-3 0-2 7 3 9 Anthony 11 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 1 6 Cato 18 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 5 Crotty 9 2-3 3-3 0-0 3 0 8 Jackson 21 5-9 1-3 0-4 3 5 14 Oneal 12 4-5 1-1 3-6 1 1 9 Wallace 18 3-7 0-0 0-3 0 1 6 Williams 18 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 4 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-76 18-21 7-39 26 24 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.553, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Rider 1-2, Stoudamire 0-2, Anthony 2-3, Cato 1-1, Crotty 1-1, Jackson 3-5, Williams 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Rider 3, Cato 2, Williams, Sabonis). Turnovers: 16 (Williams 4, Rider 3, Stoudamire 3, Grant 2, Sabonis 2, Jackson, Wallace). Steals: 12 (Jackson 3, Rider 3, Anthony 2, Cato 2, Crotty, Stoudamire). ____________________________________________ Houston 17 19 21 14 - 71 Portland 26 22 28 35 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Barkley, 4:43 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,062. T: 2:07. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tommie Wood, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- There were a handful of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players on hand and they all seemed to be playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers jumped on the star-studded Houston Rockets early and never relented, racing to a 111-71 victory, their sixth straight triumph.

Playing for the second straight night, Houston's frontcourt of Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley -- all among the NBA's 50 Greatest Players -- were no match for the rested, deep and talented Blazers, who had all 12 players score at least five points.

"In fairness, they played last night," said Blazers guard Greg Anthony, who scored six points. "Their core guys are veteran guys so they're going to have more of a letdown on a back-to-back night. You have to keep it in perspective."

"Portland would be a hard team to beat if we were rested," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "Portland is deep and they are good."

Isaiah Rider scored 21 points for Portland, which shot 55 percent (42-of-76) from the field and established a season high in points in the most lopsided game in the NBA this year. The Blazers (13-3) have won 10 of their last 11 games and moved past Utah for the league's best record.

Jimmy Jackson scored 14 points off the bench and starters Brian Grant and Arvydas Sabonis added 10 apiece for the Blazers, who steadily widened their lead as they went deeper and deeper into their bench.

"Everybody is good about saying the right things -- about winning, about staying focused, about not caring about minutes played or stats," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "What I'd like to see is how we grow together. I think we'll get better as time goes on."

In the fourth quarter, Portland's reserves outscored Houston's, 35-14. Forward Jermaine O'Neal had several powerful dunks as the Blazers shot 54 percent (13-of-24) and limited the Rockets to 13 percent (3-of-23).

Houston had no assists and six turnovers in the final period. Reserve center Kelvin Cato's first career 3-pointer with two seconds to go provided the final margin, Portland's biggest in 129 games in the all-time series.

"Was it a fluke? Maybe," Grant said. "We just played that good tonight. When we're on, we're dangerous."

Houston's starters were not much better. Olajuwon scored 16 points and Pippen and Barkley added 10 apiece, but the trio shot a combined 13-of-33. Rookie guard Michael Dickerson was held scoreless.

"Utah is the best team, but Portland is right behind them," Barkley said.

"We'll have to see how Portland responds when the Blazers are under pressure," Olajuwon said. "They have all the tools to get there."

Portland never trailed. A jumper and layup by Damon Stoudamire closed the first quarter and gave the Blazers a 26-17 lead. Greg Anthony's 3-pointer opened the second period and extended the lead to 12 points.

A transition layup by Othella Harrington capped a 9-1 run that pulled the Rockets within 32-29 before the Blazers rebuilt the lead. Two 3-pointers by Jackson helped Portland take a 48-36 lead to halftime.

Rider scored nine points in the first four minutes of the third quarter as the lead ballooned to 61-42. A dunk by surprise starter Stacey Augmon with just under a minute to go pushed the lead above 20 points for the first time at 76-55.

"We try to come out in the third quarter and jump out on them instead of playing a dogfight type of game," Rider said. "They have three great players and we don't want to get into that kind of game. We want them to play catch-up ball."

The Rockets treated the fourth quarter as garbage time and the Blazers treated their fans to up-tempo basketball with plenty of 3-pointers and dunks. Reserve guard John Crotty received a huge ovation and scored eight points in nine minutes.

Stoudamire and O'Neal scored nine points apiece as every Blazer played at least nine minutes and no more than 31.

"We'd certainly like to bottle this one," Dunleavy said. "The whole four quarters were terrific."

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