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NBA PORTLAND 90 HOUSTON 95 1:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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PORTLAND (93) AT HOUSTON (101)

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

AUGMON F 22 2-5 3-4 2 1 3 4 1 0 2 7 GRANT F 23 1-4 11-12 5 4 9 1 5 0 2 13 SABONIS C 22 1-6 0-0 1 8 9 2 2 0 1 2 RIDER G 30 3-11 0-2 1 2 3 3 2 2 2 7 STOUDAMIRE G 37 6-18 4-5 2 1 3 5 3 1 5 17 ANTHONY 19 0-3 5-6 2 1 3 2 2 2 2 5 CATO 11 1-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 3 JACKSON 21 1-8 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 5 ONEAL 14 3-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 0 1 6 WALLACE 20 5-6 3-7 0 4 4 0 5 0 3 13 WILLIAMS 21 4-5 6-7 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 15 WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-73 35-47 16 33 49 20 32 6 18 93 (.370) (.745) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

BARKLEY F 36 2-9 11-13 1 8 9 7 4 1 2 15 PIPPEN F 44 6-11 4-4 2 6 8 9 2 3 4 18 OLAJUWON C 39 9-18 3-3 2 4 6 2 4 5 1 21 DICKERSON G 23 3-3 1-1 0 3 3 1 4 1 1 8 MOBLEY G 36 1-5 5-9 1 3 4 2 4 1 4 7 BULLARD 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 HARRINGTON 19 4-14 2-4 3 4 7 0 3 0 2 10 MACK 24 5-11 4-4 1 1 2 0 5 2 1 17 PRICE 15 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 5 DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-76 31-40 10 29 39 23 30 14 16 101 (.421) (.775) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

PORTLAND 22 29 12 30 - 93 HOUSTON 21 33 26 21 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - SABONIS 4, CATO 2, WALLACE, RIDER, ONEAL. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 4, DICKERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-19 (.211), RIDER 1-6, STOUDAMIRE 1-6, ANTHONY 0-3, JACKSON 1-3, WILLIAMS 1-1. HOUSTON 6-17 (.353), PIPPEN 2-4, DICKERSON 1-1, MOBLEY 0-3, BULLARD 0-1, MACK 3-7, PRICE 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, GRANT, WALLACE, HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, HANK ARMSTRONG, NOLAN FINE. A - 16,285. T - 2:37.


Box Score

PORTLAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 22 2-5 3-4 2-3 4 1 7 Grant 23 1-4 11-12 5-9 1 5 13 Sabonis 22 1-6 0-0 1-9 2 2 2 Rider 30 3-11 0-2 1-3 3 2 7 Stoudamire 37 6-18 4-5 2-3 5 3 17 Anthony 19 0-3 5-6 2-3 2 2 5 Cato 11 1-3 1-2 0-3 0 2 3 Jackson 21 1-8 2-2 1-4 2 2 5 Oneal 14 3-4 0-0 1-5 0 5 6 Wallace 20 5-6 3-7 0-4 0 5 13 Williams 21 4-5 6-7 1-3 1 3 15 Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-73 35-47 16-49 20 32 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.745. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Rider 1-6, Stoudamire 1-6, Anthony 0-3, Jackson 1-3, Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 9 (Sabonis 4, Cato 2, Wallace, Rider, Oneal). Turnovers: 18 (Stoudamire 5, Wallace 3, Anthony 2, Augmon 2, Grant 2, Rider 2, Oneal, Sabonis). Steals: 6 (Anthony 2, Rider 2, Stoudamire, Williams).

HOUSTON (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 36 2-9 11-13 1-9 7 4 15 Pippen 44 6-11 4-4 2-8 9 2 18 Olajuwon 39 9-18 3-3 2-6 2 4 21 Dickerson 23 3-3 1-1 0-3 1 4 8 Mobley 36 1-5 5-9 1-4 2 4 7 Bullard 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Harrington 19 4-14 2-4 3-7 0 3 10 Mack 24 5-11 4-4 1-2 0 5 17 Price 15 2-4 1-2 0-0 2 2 5 Drew DNP - coach's decision Maloney DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 31-40 10-39 23 30 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.775. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Pippen 2-4, Dickerson 1-1, Mobley 0-3, Bullard 0-1, Mack 3-7, Price 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Olajuwon 4, Dickerson). Turnovers: 16 (Mobley 4, Pippen 4, Barkley 2, Harrington 2, Dickerson, Mack, Olajuwon, Price). Steals: 14 (Olajuwon 5, Pippen 3, Mack 2, Barkley, Dickerson, Mobley, Price). ____________________________________________ Portland 22 29 12 30 - 93 Houston 21 33 26 21 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 5 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:45 2nd, 10:37 2nd; Grant, 8:52 3rd; Wallace, 8:43 3rd; Head Coach Dunleavy, 6:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:37. Officials: Jim Clark, Hank Armstrong, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Maybe the veteran Houston Rockets knew what they were talking about when they withheld praise for the upstart Trail Blazers after a humiliating loss in Portland nine days ago.

Hakeem Olajuwon scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures and the Rockets used a big third quarter en route to a 101-93 victory over the Trail Blazers.

Scottie Pippen had 18 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals for the Rockets (14-9), who have won six of their last eight games. The victory was just Houston's second in 12 attempts against a team with a winning record.

"I was pretty happy tonight," said Pippen. "That's my style of play, to get involved early and let the team feed off of my energy from the offensive and defensive standpoints."

Houston held a 54-51 advantage at the half but exploded with an 18-4 run to start the third quarter. The Rockets outscored Portland 26-12 in the period, opening an 80-63 bulge entering the fourth quarter.

"We've been up in the third quarter before this year and things have changed," said Olajuwon. "But we were never comfortable. I like the way we won the game. It was a total team effort. Everyone was focused on one goal, winning, that was the difference."

In the last meeting between these teams on March 7, the Blazers jumped on the star-studded Rockets early and never relented, racing to a 111-71 victory. It was Portland's biggest win in 130 all-time meetings against Houston.

"It's a big win for us," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "I think this does something for those guys in the locker room. I wasn't bent out of shape about (the loss) up there because it was a crazy deal when the dam broke."

After the loss, Olajuwon and Charles Barkley refused to dub the Blazers the best team in the Western Conference, insisting it was too early in the season to judge whether Portland had the poise necessary to contend for the conference crown.

Barkley collected 15 points and nine boards, including the 12,000th rebound of his career to become the 15th player in NBA history to reach the plateau.

"God has blessed me with great talents and it's an honor to accomplish it," Barkley said. "I have played with a lot of great coaches and players that helped me get there."

Damon Stoudamire scored 17 points and Walt Williams added 15 for Portland (17-5), which had won 10 of its last 11 games. The Blazers also had their six-game road winning streak snapped.

"The third quarter they came out and played well and took the game from us," said Stoudamire. "I don't think they made any adjustments at halftime, we just didn't play well that period. That's when the game was won and lost and you've got to give the Rockets credit."

Brent Price nailed a running jumper in the lane as time expired in the first half to cap a 9-2 run and give Houston a 54-51 lead at the break.

Olajuwon brought the home crowd to its feet during Houston's third-quarter run. He stole an errant pass at center court and dribbled past Arvydas Sabonis before throwing down a thunderous tomahawk slam to extend Houston's lead to 69-55 with 7:09 remaining.

"They didn't do anything we didn't expect," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They're a talented team and a veteran team. They got us in foul trouble and that took it's toll on us in the first half and at the start of the second half."

Olajuwon added a layup to cap the Rockets' spurt, making it 72-58 with 6:11 left. Pippen, who mustered just four points in the last meeting with Portland, scored five during the game's decisive 18-4 run.

Sam Mack, who was acquired from Vancouver prior to Thursday's trade deadline, scored 17 points off the bench and reserve forward Othella Harrington added 10 for the Rockets, who shot 42 percent (32-of-76).

"This is 110 percent better (than Vancouver)," said Mack. "I couldn't be in a better situation right now. To come from a losing team to a winning team and being able to contribute right away."

Portland shot 37 percent, including a woeful 2-of-17 performance in the third quarter.

Rasheed Wallace and Brian Grant each scored 13 points for Portland, which held a 49-39 advantage on the boards but allowed 24 points off 18 turnovers.

The Blazers made a run in the fourth quarter, closing within 95-90 with 1:18 left on Wallace's six-foot jumper. But Price responded with a driving layup with 45 ticks remaining to seal the victory.

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