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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 24 21 19 18 82 PORTLAND 25 30 21 21 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 21, GLEN RICE 14, TYRONN LUE 12 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 19, ARVYDAS SABONIS 17, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 17

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 10, AC GREEN 10 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, STACEY AUGMON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - RON HARPER 6, TYRONN LUE 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 5

ATT: 20,584


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (82) AT PORTLAND (97)

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

GREEN F 27 3-10 5-8 7 3 10 0 2 2 0 11 RICE F 36 5-11 4-5 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 14 ONEAL C 33 9-14 3-11 4 6 10 0 0 0 2 21 FISHER G 26 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 2 0 4 HARPER G 29 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 6 4 0 5 2 SHAW 18 0-3 1-2 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 1 KNIGHT 5 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 LUE 22 5-9 2-4 0 1 1 3 3 2 2 12 FOX 17 3-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 2 2 7 SALLEY 10 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 2 GEORGE 13 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 8 JACOBSON 4 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-78 17-34 15 24 39 16 24 8 14 82 (.397) (.500) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

SCHREMPF F 25 6-7 0-0 2 4 6 2 4 0 1 12 PIPPEN F 41 8-17 3-4 0 8 8 5 1 2 3 19 SABONIS C 24 7-11 3-3 0 6 6 1 5 0 1 17 STOUDAMIRE G 31 7-13 3-3 0 2 2 5 2 0 1 17 SMITH G 28 1-5 4-4 0 3 3 3 3 0 2 7 ONEAL 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 KLEINE 10 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 0 2 HARVEY 13 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 2 WELLS 26 5-7 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 12 ANTHONY 17 1-4 5-5 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 7 AUGMON 20 1-1 0-0 2 5 7 1 1 1 1 2 WALLACE DNP - PULLED LEFT GROIN

TOTALS 240 38-69 20-21 5 35 40 21 33 7 17 97 (.551) (.952) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(14 PTS)

LA LAKERS 24 21 19 18 - 82 PORTLAND 25 30 21 21 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, HARPER. PORTLAND - SABONIS 2, PIPPEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 3-12 (.250), RICE 0-2, FISHER 0-1, HARPER 0-1, LUE 0-2, FOX 1-4, GEORGE 2-2. PORTLAND 1-9 (.111), PIPPEN 0-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-2, SMITH 1-2, ANTHONY 0-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, MIKE CALLAHAN, GARY BENSON. A - 20,584. T - 2:18.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 27 3-10 5-8 7-10 0 2 11 Rice 36 5-11 4-5 1-2 2 1 14 Oneal 33 9-14 3-11 4-10 0 0 21 Fisher 26 1-6 2-2 0-1 1 4 4 Harper 29 1-5 0-0 1-5 6 4 2 Shaw 18 0-3 1-2 0-3 2 4 1 Knight 5 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Lue 22 5-9 2-4 0-1 3 3 12 Fox 17 3-8 0-0 1-2 0 3 7 Salley 10 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 George 13 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 8 Jacobson 4 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 17-34 15-39 16 24 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Rice 0-2, Fisher 0-1, Harper 0-1, Lue 0-2, Fox 1-4, George 2-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal 2, Harper). Turnovers: 14 (Harper 5, Fox 2, Lue 2, Oneal 2, Salley 2, George). Steals: 8 (Fisher 2, Fox 2, Green 2, Lue 2).

PORTLAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 25 6-7 0-0 2-6 2 4 12 Pippen 41 8-17 3-4 0-8 5 1 19 Sabonis 24 7-11 3-3 0-6 1 5 17 Stoudamire 31 7-13 3-3 0-2 5 2 17 Smith 28 1-5 4-4 0-3 3 3 7 Oneal 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 5 0 Kleine 10 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 Harvey 13 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 4 2 Wells 26 5-7 2-2 0-3 2 2 12 Anthony 17 1-4 5-5 0-0 1 2 7 Augmon 20 1-1 0-0 2-7 1 1 2 Wallace DNP - pulled left groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-69 20-21 5-40 21 33 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.551, FT-.952. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Pippen 0-3, Stoudamire 0-2, Smith 1-2, Anthony 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Sabonis 2, Pippen). Turnovers: 17 (Anthony 3, Pippen 3, Harvey 2, Smith 2, Wells 2, Augmon, Oneal, Sabonis, Schrempf, Stoudamire). Steals: 7 (Anthony 2, Pippen 2, Augmon, Kleine, Wells). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 24 21 19 18 - 82 Portland 25 30 21 21 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 2 (Oneal 2 (ejected), 10:23 4th, 9:40 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,584. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Mike Callahan, Gary Benson.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- It took only three games for Shaquille O'Neal's frustration over his poor foul shooting to boil over.

O'Neal was ejected after picking up his second technical foul with 9:40 remaining and the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage to post a 97-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Playing without Brian Grant and Rasheed Wallace, the Trail Blazers improved to 4-0 and handed Lakers coach Phil Jackson his first loss since returning to the NBA. Grant is on the injured list following knee surgery and Wallace was scratched due to a nagging groin injury.

"Obviously, it's a nice win," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We defended very well and we had good ball movement. Ultimately, it was our defense that did it for us."

Barely a career 50 percent shooter from the line, O'Neal has made just 10-of-28 attempts this season, inluding 3-of-11 tonight.

With the Blazers holding a 77-70 lead, O'Neal received an entry pass in the lane. Rather than give up an easy basket, Portland's Jermaine O'Neal grabbed the 7-2, 320-pound Lakers' big man, who responded by throwing the ball at his opponent.

"He's just a force in there," Jermaine O'Neal said. "The only thing we can do is foul him. It's never the game plan to hack him up. The game plan is that if he gets us in a bad way, then foul him. Try to play him straight up and try to play him honest. That's what we tried tonight."

After conferring, the referees tossed Shaquille O'Neal, who was whistled for his first technical foul on Los Angeles' previous possession for throwing an elbowing Jermaine O'Neal.

Jackson, meanwhile, blasted the officials for not calling enough fouls.

"I'm disappointed in the referees," he said. "They were awful. They let Shaq be attacked and then he is the villain. They were flagrantly fouling him. They jumped on his back and flagrantly fouled him, whipped the ball across his chest and beat him in the face."

"Naturally when Shaq went out it was very costly for them but those things can happen in games," Dunleavy added. "It could happen to us. That's why I tell players to control their emotions."

The Blazers missed only one of their 21 foul shots while the Lakers were just 17-of-34 from the line. Jackson's comments withstanding, Portland was called for 33 fouls and Los Angeles 24.

"Offensively, my only complant, and I told them about this at halftime, is that they were not giving up the ball early enough," Dunleavy said. "But in the second half out ball movement was excellent."

Scottie Pippen scored 19 points and Arvydas Sabonis and Damon Stoudamire added 17 apiece for the Blazers, who never trailed after the first period.

Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and 10 rebounds but the Lakers fell apart without him down the stretch. Portland opened its biggest lead at 97-76 on a jumper by Sabonis with 2:05 remaining.

"You eliminate Shaq and it takes us out of the game," Jackson said. "It was a seven-point ballgame and when they banished Shaq, it took the game out of our hands. Portland sent four guys out there and threw bodies at him. They weren't playing the ball."

Bonzi Wells and Detlef Schrempf each scored 12 points for the Blazers, who shot 55 percent (38-of-69) from the field while holding the Lakers to just 40 percent (31-of-78).

The Blazers have won their four games this season by an average of 17.5 points.

"We know we are supposed to win the championship -- we have the best roster in the league," Jermaine O'Neal said. "Last year, we didn't understand that we could win it all until we won the Pacific Division championship. This year, from training camp we understood that we could win it all if we played hard."

Wells capped a 10-0 run with a layup that gave Portland a 34-24 lead with 9:01 remaining in the first half and the Blazers never looked back.

The Lakers closed to 57-51 on Shaquille O'Neal's dunk with 9:11 left in the third quarter. Portland responded with a 12-7 spurt, opening a 69-58 lead on Pippen's jumper with 3:29 remaining.

After John Salley's basket made it 80-72, Sabonis scored nine straight points to give the Blazers an 89-72 cushion with 4:49 remaining.

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