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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 28 23 20 22 93 PORTLAND 27 25 20 26 98 FINAL


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PHOENIX (93) AT PORTLAND (98)

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

ROBINSON F 40 5-12 5-8 1 1 2 6 3 2 3 17 GARRITY F 36 5-10 5-7 1 2 3 0 4 1 1 16 LONGLEY C 26 1-5 3-4 0 7 7 0 3 1 2 5 MORRIS G 25 3-7 0-0 3 3 6 2 3 1 1 6 KIDD G 37 10-18 4-4 0 4 4 7 4 4 4 25 OLIVER 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 MANNING 23 1-4 2-4 0 4 4 1 1 1 4 4 BROWN 11 5-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 10 MCCLOUD 28 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 0 1 7 KLEINE 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION GUGLIOTTA DNP - HYPEREXTENDED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 34-70 19-27 5 24 29 20 28 10 17 93 (.486) (.704) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 24 2-7 2-4 1 1 2 3 4 1 1 6 WALLACE F 35 7-13 6-6 3 2 5 0 6 3 4 20 SABONIS C 23 4-11 2-2 1 7 8 2 5 1 2 10 RIDER G 24 4-11 2-2 1 3 4 3 3 2 3 10 STOUDAMIRE G 25 4-9 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 8 ONEAL 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 23 3-10 6-6 2 4 6 2 1 0 1 13 CATO 21 2-2 2-2 1 8 9 0 2 1 3 6 GRANT 24 1-3 3-4 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 5 ANTHONY 23 7-10 0-1 0 2 2 2 1 2 0 17 JACKSON 13 0-2 3-4 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-79 26-31 13 31 44 16 24 10 17 98 (.430) (.839) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

PHOENIX 28 23 20 22 - 93 PORTLAND 27 25 20 26 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 4, KIDD. PORTLAND - CATO 2, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 6-15 (.400), ROBINSON 2-4, GARRITY 1-1, MORRIS 0-2, KIDD 1-3, OLIVER 1-1, MCCLOUD 1-4. PORTLAND 4-11 (.364), STOUDAMIRE 0-2, WILLIAMS 1-3, ANTHONY 3-5, JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, PORTLAND - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, ED F RUSH, RODNEY MOTT. A - 20,056. T - 2:26.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Rasheed Wallace had 20 points and Greg Anthony came off the bench to score a season-high 17 -- all in the second half -- to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 98-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Walt Williams added 13 points and six assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won nine of their last 10 games and are 2 1/2 games better than idle Utah for the NBA's best record. They also improved their league-best home record to a franchise-record 16-1. It is the best home start for Portland since going 15-1 in 1990-91.

"It was a tough game," Anthony said. "They played well with a lot of energy. They played with a sense of urgency. We didn't at times, but we found a way. That's what this business is about. There are going to be nights when it just ain't working for whatever reason. You have to find a way to give yourself a chance to win and we did that."

Jason Kidd had 25 points and seven assists and former Blazer Cliff Robinson contributed 17 points for Phoenix, which fell three games under .500 for the first time since April 5, 1997, when it was 36-39.

The Suns fell to Portland for the third time this season and have dropped 10 of the last 13 meetings. The Trail Blazers swept Phoenix for the first time since going 6-0 in 1987-88.

Phoenix played without leading scorer and rebounder Tom Gugliotta, who hyperextended his right knee in Friday's home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Leading 72-71 after three quarters, the Blazers scored eight straight points to start the fourth. Williams capped the spurt with a layup with 7:44 left.

Phoenix followed with 16-6 run and took its last lead, 87-86, on Robinson's jumper with 2:18 remaining. However, Stacey Augmon's basket with 1:55 left restored Portland's lead.

"I thought we tightened it up defensively and did a nice job of getting into the open court, giving us some opportunities to score," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We made some big shots when we needed to make them. Plus, we made our free throws; that was the big key in the game for us."

"Stacey Augmon hit a big shot, and Greg Anthony hit a couple of big ones also," observed Phoenix coach Danny Ainge. "Those guys killed us tonight. And Walt Williams also hit a big shot. Those are big-time shots the Blazers made tonight."

The Blazers converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute. Jim Jackson was 3-for-4 from the line in the last 13 seconds and knocked the ball away from Kidd with the score 96-93.

"I knew that at the end of the game, they were going to foul, so you want to put one of your best free throw shooters on the line," said Jackson, who collected just those three points in 13 minutes.

"It was a big play," Jackson added. "You never know what could happen in that situation when a guy is coming off the screen and time is running out. They were making big shots all night so who was to say they weren't going to make that one. My instincts just took over and I got a piece of the ball and he didn't get a good shot off."

Isaiah Rider scored 10 points, Arvydas Sabonis had 10 and eight rebounds, and Kelvin Cato grabbed nine boards for Portland, which held a 44-29 edge in rebounding. The Blazers scored 34 points points in the paint and converted 21 second-chance points.

Rookie Pat Garrity collected a season-high 16 points and Gerald Brown chipped in with 10 for the Suns, whose lead over the Golden State Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference was cut to one-half game.

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