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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 23 30 16 24 93 DENVER 18 17 26 17 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 19, DETLEF SCHREMPF 15, STEVE SMITH 14 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 17, NICK VAN EXEL 15, JAMES POSEY 11

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 12, RAEF LAFRENTZ 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3 DEN - JAMES POSEY 5, NICK VAN EXEL 4

ATT: 17,512


Extended Box

PORTLAND (93) AT DENVER (78)

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

PIPPEN F 36 5-11 0-0 1 5 6 8 2 0 3 10 SCHREMPF F 34 5-14 4-4 3 4 7 1 1 0 2 15 WALLACE C 31 8-21 2-2 3 8 11 1 3 1 0 19 SMITH G 34 5-8 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 0 1 14 STOUDAMIRE G 28 4-9 0-0 2 5 7 3 3 0 3 8 SABONIS 19 3-9 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 3 8 AUGMON 10 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 ANTHONY 22 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 8 ONEAL 7 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 2 WELLS 17 3-5 1-3 2 1 3 1 1 4 1 7 KLEINE 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-89 11-13 15 31 46 24 18 6 13 93 (.416) (.846) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 40 7-21 3-4 5 7 12 3 3 2 3 17 POSEY F 32 3-8 4-4 2 6 8 5 1 2 3 11 LAFRENTZ C 31 4-12 0-0 4 5 9 0 3 0 0 8 MERCER G 36 2-11 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 1 2 4 VAN EXEL G 39 5-13 2-3 1 4 5 4 1 1 5 15 MCCLOUD 22 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 3 0 7 CLARK 13 3-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 3 6 ALEXANDER 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 BOWEN 9 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 ROGERS 11 2-2 3-6 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 STITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 13-19 16 32 48 19 16 9 16 78 (.366) (.684) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

PORTLAND 23 30 16 24 - 93 DENVER 18 17 26 17 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, SMITH, ANTHONY, PIPPEN. DENVER - CLARK 3, LAFRENTZ 3, ROGERS 2, MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 8-14 (.571), PIPPEN 0-1, SCHREMPF 1-2, WALLACE 1-3, SMITH 4-5, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 2-2. DENVER 5-15 (.333), POSEY 1-2, LAFRENTZ 0-1, MERCER 0-1, VAN EXEL 3-7, MCCLOUD 1-2, ALEXANDER 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, MIKE CALLAHAN, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,512. T - 2:02.


Box Score

PORTLAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 5-11 0-0 1-6 8 2 10 Schrempf 34 5-14 4-4 3-7 1 1 15 Wallace 31 8-21 2-2 3-11 1 3 19 Smith 34 5-8 0-0 1-5 3 3 14 Stoudamire 28 4-9 0-0 2-7 3 3 8 Sabonis 19 3-9 2-2 0-1 3 1 8 Augmon 10 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Anthony 22 2-6 2-2 0-2 3 0 8 Oneal 7 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 3 2 Wells 17 3-5 1-3 2-3 1 1 7 Kleine 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-89 11-13 15-46 24 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 8-14, .571 (Pippen 0-1, Schrempf 1-2, Wallace 1-3, Smith 4-5, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 2-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 3, Smith, Anthony, Pippen). Turnovers: 13 (Pippen 3, Sabonis 3, Stoudamire 3, Schrempf 2, Smith, Wells). Steals: 6 (Wells 4, Anthony, Wallace).

DENVER (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 40 7-21 3-4 5-12 3 3 17 Posey 32 3-8 4-4 2-8 5 1 11 Lafrentz 31 4-12 0-0 4-9 0 3 8 Mercer 36 2-11 0-0 0-4 1 2 4 Van Exel 39 5-13 2-3 1-5 4 1 15 Mccloud 22 3-6 0-0 1-3 3 2 7 Clark 13 3-3 0-0 1-5 1 2 6 Alexander 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Bowen 9 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 0 3 Rogers 11 2-2 3-6 1-1 1 0 7 Stith DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 13-19 16-48 19 16 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Posey 1-2, Lafrentz 0-1, Mercer 0-1, Van Exel 3-7, Mccloud 1-2, Alexander 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (Clark 3, Lafrentz 3, Rogers 2, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 16 (Van Exel 5, Clark 3, Mcdyess 3, Posey 3, Mercer 2). Steals: 9 (Mccloud 3, Mcdyess 2, Posey 2, Mercer, Van Exel). ____________________________________________ Portland 23 30 16 24 - 93 Denver 18 17 26 17 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,512. T: 2:02. Officials: Ron Garretson, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- After consecutive games against Western Conference contenders, the Portland Trail Blazers enjoyed a breather against a team not expected to make the playoffs.

Rasheed Wallace scored 19 points and Detlef Schrempf added 15 as the Trail Blazers rebounded from their first loss of the season to cruise past the Denver Nuggets, 93-78.

"We played very well defensively," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Denver can score in this building and it's good to not lose our concentration."

Portland (5-1) had been the NBA's last unbeaten team before Tuesday's 92-87 loss at Utah. On Saturday, the Blazers posted a 97-82 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Antonio McDyess scored 17 points for the Nuggets, who lost for the first time in three games at the Pepsi Center.

"We didn't come out and execute like we should have," McDyess said. "We were lazy on defense, especially in the second and fourth quarters. They scored a lot of points in transition."

After Portland opened a 65-41 lead on Schrempf's layup with 7:22 remaining in the third quarter, the Nuggets put a scare into the Blazers.

Denver used an 18-2 burst that bridged the third and fourth quarters and pulled within 69-64 on George McCloud's 3-pointer with 11:48 remaining. Portland regrouped and extended the lead to 91-70 on Schrempf's jumper with 2:57 to play.

"We have to learn to play with more confidence," Denver coach Dan Issel said. "They can only put five players at a time on the floor and I thought we were tentative."

Nick Van Exel contributed 15 points for the Nuggets, who had their only lead at 6-4 early in the first period.

"We knew they would make a run," said Portland's Scottie Pippen, who was held to eight points. "Nick Van Exel made some big shots. We wanted to get a big lead so we could absorb their run. We distributed the ball very well and had guys stepping up with big shots and big steals."

Portland shot only 42 percent (37-of-89) from the field but held Denver to a season-low 37 percent (30-of-82). The Blazers also made 8-of-14 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 by Steve Smith, who finished with 14 points.

"When they went on an 18-2 run, I had to talk to the guys," said Dunleavy. "We had a masterpiece going. We were in an attack mode and went out of it."

Despite their poor shooting, the Nuggets held a 42-28 edge in points in the paint. Rookie James Posey contributed 11 points for Denver.

The Blazers quickly took control in the first period, building a 19-10 lead on Damon Stoudamire's layup with 4:35 left. The Nuggets pulled within 23-18 at the end of the quarter but Portland outscored Denver 30-17 in the second period to open a 53-35 cushion at halftime.

After Stoudamire's jumper gave Portland a 67-46 advantage, the Nuggets began their comeback. Van Exel scored eight points in the final four minutes of the third quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers that lifted Denver within 67-59.

Portland's Greg Anthony stopped the momentum early in the final quarter, hitting a 3-pointer to make it 72-64 with 10:42 remaining. Anthony made another 3-pointer to give the Blazers an 81-67 cushion with 7:16 to play.

"There are a lot of good things to be pleased with in this game," Dunleavy said. "We got great looks and did a good job running the floor in the transition game."

Denver's Raef LaFrentz scored eight points and Ron Mercer four, failing to score in doubles figures for the first time this season. McDyess grabbed 12 rebounds for his first double-double.

"We're not a team that can come from behind," Issel said. "We have to play for 48 minutes and I don't think we've done that yet this season, even though we're 2-3."

Portland has won five straight against Denver and increased its lead in the all-time series to 64-39.

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