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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 32 25 23 26 106 VANCOUVER 22 17 25 22 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 22, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 14, DETLEF SCHREMPF 13 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 19, BRYANT REEVES 15, FELIPE LOPEZ 13

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 VAN - CHEROKEE PARKS 11, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 10

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - GREG ANTHONY 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 8 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 8, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 3

ATT: 18,218


Extended Box

PORTLAND (106) AT VANCOUVER (86)

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

PIPPEN F 35 6-11 2-2 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 14 WALLACE F 27 4-9 0-0 3 4 7 1 3 2 2 8 SABONIS C 17 2-7 0-1 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 4 SMITH G 30 9-13 3-4 3 3 6 1 2 2 1 22 STOUDAMIRE G 26 3-10 0-0 0 1 1 8 3 0 0 7 ONEAL 13 1-3 3-4 0 4 4 0 6 0 1 5 SCHREMPF 25 6-7 1-2 0 2 2 3 4 0 1 13 ANTHONY 22 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 8 2 1 1 7 HARVEY 22 4-7 1-1 1 5 6 1 2 1 2 9 WELLS 18 4-8 1-2 2 0 2 3 1 1 0 9 AUGMON 3 3-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 KLEINE 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 45-82 13-18 9 30 39 29 28 8 10 106 (.549) (.722) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(17 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 38 5-13 9-11 2 8 10 3 3 0 3 19 HARRINGTON F 23 2-8 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 2 6 REEVES C 37 7-9 1-3 3 3 6 2 6 1 5 15 BIBBY G 33 5-10 1-2 1 1 2 8 1 1 1 11 DICKERSON G 30 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 2 5 1 2 7 PARKS 28 1-6 4-6 2 9 11 2 2 0 1 6 STEPHENS 10 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 LOPEZ 20 4-8 4-6 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 13 PRICE 12 0-2 3-3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 EKEZIE 6 1-4 0-1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 PALACIO 3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-75 24-34 15 26 41 19 23 4 16 86 (.400) (.706) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(25 PTS)

PORTLAND 32 25 23 26 - 106 VANCOUVER 22 17 25 22 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - PIPPEN, SMITH. VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM, REEVES, PARKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-12 (.250), PIPPEN 0-3, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 1-2, STOUDAMIRE 1-4, ANTHONY 1-2. VANCOUVER 2-7 (.286), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, BIBBY 0-1, DICKERSON 1-3, STEPHENS 0-1, LOPEZ 1-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, DELAY OF GAME, VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HARRINGTON. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, JIM CAPERS, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,218. T - 2:12.


Box Score

PORTLAND (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 35 6-11 2-2 0-4 3 1 14 Wallace 27 4-9 0-0 3-7 1 3 8 Sabonis 17 2-7 0-1 0-4 1 3 4 Smith 30 9-13 3-4 3-6 1 2 22 Stoudamire 26 3-10 0-0 0-1 8 3 7 Oneal 13 1-3 3-4 0-4 0 6 5 Schrempf 25 6-7 1-2 0-2 3 4 13 Anthony 22 3-4 0-0 0-2 8 2 7 Harvey 22 4-7 1-1 1-6 1 2 9 Wells 18 4-8 1-2 2-2 3 1 9 Augmon 3 3-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 8 Kleine 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-82 13-18 9-39 29 28 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.549, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Pippen 0-3, Wallace 0-1, Smith 1-2, Stoudamire 1-4, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Pippen, Smith). Turnovers: 11 (Harvey 2, Pippen 2, Wallace 2, Anthony, Oneal, Schrempf, Smith). Steals: 8 (Smith 2, Wallace 2, Anthony, Augmon, Harvey, Wells).

VANCOUVER (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 38 5-13 9-11 2-10 3 3 19 Harrington 23 2-8 2-2 1-3 1 4 6 Reeves 37 7-9 1-3 3-6 2 6 15 Bibby 33 5-10 1-2 1-2 8 1 11 Dickerson 30 3-9 0-0 1-4 2 5 7 Parks 28 1-6 4-6 2-11 2 2 6 Stephens 10 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Lopez 20 4-8 4-6 1-1 0 2 13 Price 12 0-2 3-3 0-0 0 0 3 Ekezie 6 1-4 0-1 2-2 0 0 2 Palacio 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 24-34 15-41 19 23 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Bibby 0-1, Dickerson 1-3, Stephens 0-1, Lopez 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Abdur-rahim, Reeves, Parks). Turnovers: 17 (Reeves 5, Abdur-rahim 3, Dickerson 2, Harrington 2, Bibby, Palacio, Parks, Price). Steals: 4 (Bibby, Dickerson, Price, Reeves). ____________________________________________ Portland 32 25 23 26 - 106 Vancouver 22 17 25 22 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace, 9:29 3rd; Delay Of Game, 7:07 4th). Vancouver 2 (Illegal Defense, 2:33 2nd; Harrington, 9:29 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,218. T: 2:12. Officials: Mike Mathis, Jim Capers, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The bigger, quicker and more talented Portland Trail Blazers were just that against the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Newcomers Steve Smith and Scottie Pippen combined for 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting in the first quarter as the Blazers raced to an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 106-86 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Acquired from Atlanta in an offseason trade, Smith scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Pippen, who arrived from Houston for six players, added 14, four rebounds and three assists in his Blazers' debut. Free agent signee Detlef Schrempf, the third of Portland's three major additions, contributed 12 points off the bench.

"I felt great. I know there are going to be some opportunities for me to score but that's not what it's about with our club," Pippen said. "We want to play hard for 94 feet and 48 minutes, sustain the pressure and hopefully wear teams down with our depth."

"Scottie's value will never be in a boxscore, no matter if he is making shots," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He's in every game every night because he continues to defend. He has great reads, he can rebound and make big plays. He's the glue. Both he and Detlef came in and kept us together."

Smith accounted for half his team's points during a 12-4 run that gave the Blazers a 32-22 lead after one quarter. A 13-2 burst in the second quarter increased the lead to 55-31 with 3:26 left before the break.

"I felt they would double-team more with me having the size advantage," Smith said. "Michael (Dickerson) is a pretty good defensive player. I just started hitting shots. When things start going good in the NBA, you continue to feed it and tonight I felt great."

"Steve has the ability to score but he's more than that," said Dunleavy. "He did a good job moving the basketball, handling it and taking good reads. He did a great job defensively in many situations."

Guards Greg Anthony and Bonzi Wells added nine points apiece for Portland, which shot 55 percent (45-for-82) from the field. The Blazers have won the last four meetings against Vancouver and lead the all-time series, 12-4.

Portland meets the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver in the next two games before facing its first test at Utah on November 9. The Blazers eliminated the Jazz in six games in last season's Western Conference semifinals.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds and Bryant Reeves added 15 and six for the Grizzlies, who shot 40 percent (30-of-75).

"This is a difficult game for us tonight. We couldn't do anything with their pressure," Vancouver coach Brian Hill said. "Anytime a team shoots 58 percent, we're going to be in trouble."

"They just come in waves," Reeves said. "If somebody off their starting unit isn't getting it done, they have a very deep bench. Tonight they got really hot for a while. Steve Smith hit some incredible shots and we need to play better defense."

A 16-foot jumper by Reeves drew Vancouer within 20-18 before Pippen ignited the 12-4 run with a pair of free throws. Jermaine O'Neal followed with a three-point play and Smith sank a jumper for a 28-18 lead with 98 seconds left in the first quarter. Smith capped the burst with consecutive jumpers.

"He (Smith) had a good night. He's an All-Star player," said Grizzlies guard Michael Dickerson. "It's frustrating for me when they keep clearing out and isolate him and then he's going at me every time. And then I don't get the plays to come back at him and wear him down."

Felipe Lopez scored 13 points off the bench and Mike Bibby added 11 and eight assists for Vancouver, which was outscored, 49-47, in the second half.

Acquired in the deal that sent rookie Steve Francis to Houston, Dickerson, Othella Harrington and Brent Price combined for 16 points on 5-for-19 shooting.

Portland reeled off 10 straight points in the second quarter for a 42-25 advantage with 7:20 left in the first half. The bench scored 19 points in the period.

Abdur-Rahim scored five points during a 13-2 run to get the Grizzlies as close as 66-52 with 5:13 to play in the third quarter. But Arvydas Sabonis hit a jumper, Smith sank 1-of-2 free throws and Shrempf connected from 18 feet to give Portland a 71-52 cushion.

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