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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 25 11 23 21 80 LA LAKERS 18 19 25 31 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 23, STEVE SMITH 18, RASHEED WALLACE 17 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 23, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 21, RON HARPER 18


Extended Box

PORTLAND (80) AT LA LAKERS (93)

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

PIPPEN F 36 2-5 1-2 3 7 10 5 3 0 3 5 WALLACE F 32 7-16 3-4 1 8 9 0 5 1 3 17 SABONIS C 17 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 5 1 0 2 SMITH G 40 6-16 3-3 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 18 STOUDAMIRE G 37 6-14 8-8 0 6 6 6 3 1 1 23 B GRANT 25 2-7 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 0 1 4 KLEINE 8 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 AUGMON 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HARVEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 SCHREMPF 21 2-4 4-6 1 3 4 0 2 0 2 9 ANTHONY 13 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-76 21-25 7 35 42 17 31 4 12 80 (.342) (.840) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

GREEN F 24 2-6 4-5 3 2 5 0 3 2 0 8 RICE F 34 4-14 3-4 1 7 8 0 1 0 2 12 ONEAL C 47 8-16 5-14 6 10 16 6 2 0 3 21 FISHER G 23 2-8 1-1 0 3 3 2 3 2 0 5 HARPER G 39 7-19 1-2 3 4 7 3 2 0 1 18 BRYANT 34 6-15 11-13 2 6 8 0 4 2 0 23 HORRY 25 2-4 0-0 1 7 8 0 4 3 0 4 FOX 14 0-4 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 2 CELESTAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-86 27-41 17 40 57 12 22 9 6 93 (.360) (.659) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 7(6 PTS)

PORTLAND 25 11 23 21 - 80 LA LAKERS 18 19 25 31 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - STOUDAMIRE, SABONIS, B GRANT, SCHREMPF, WALLACE. LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, GREEN 2, BRYANT, HARPER, HORRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 7-15 (.467), WALLACE 0-1, SABONIS 0-1, SMITH 3-7, STOUDAMIRE 3-5, SCHREMPF 1-1. LA LAKERS 4-19 (.211), RICE 1-6, FISHER 0-5, HARPER 3-6, BRYANT 0-1, FOX 0-1. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - HEAD COACH JACKSON. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, JIM CAPERS, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,997. T - 2:27.


Box Score

PORTLAND (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 2-5 1-2 3-10 5 3 5 Wallace 32 7-16 3-4 1-9 0 5 17 Sabonis 17 1-6 0-0 1-2 3 5 2 Smith 40 6-16 3-3 0-2 1 3 18 Stoudamire 37 6-14 8-8 0-6 6 3 23 B Grant 25 2-7 0-0 1-6 0 3 4 Kleine 8 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 Augmon 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Harvey 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Schrempf 21 2-4 4-6 1-4 0 2 9 Anthony 13 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 G Grant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-76 21-25 7-42 17 31 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.342, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Wallace 0-1, Sabonis 0-1, Smith 3-7, Stoudamire 3-5, Schrempf 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Stoudamire, Sabonis, B Grant, Schrempf, Wallace). Turnovers: 12 (Pippen 3, Wallace 3, Schrempf 2, Anthony, B Grant, Harvey, Stoudamire). Steals: 4 (Sabonis, Smith, Stoudamire, Wallace).

LA LAKERS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 24 2-6 4-5 3-5 0 3 8 Rice 34 4-14 3-4 1-8 0 1 12 Oneal 47 8-16 5-14 6-16 6 2 21 Fisher 23 2-8 1-1 0-3 2 3 5 Harper 39 7-19 1-2 3-7 3 2 18 Bryant 34 6-15 11-13 2-8 0 4 23 Horry 25 2-4 0-0 1-8 0 4 4 Fox 14 0-4 2-2 1-2 1 3 2 Celestand DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-86 27-41 17-57 12 22 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.659. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (Rice 1-6, Fisher 0-5, Harper 3-6, Bryant 0-1, Fox 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 2, Green 2, Bryant, Harper, Horry). Turnovers: 7 (Oneal 3, Rice 2, Harper). Steals: 9 (Horry 3, Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Green 2). ____________________________________________ Portland 25 11 23 21 - 80 La Lakers 18 19 25 31 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Head Coach Jackson, 4:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:27. Officials: Don Vaden, Jim Capers, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- After missing the Los Angeles Lakers' first 15 games, Kobe Bryant may not be at 100 percent. But he is getting close.

In his second game since returning from a broken bone in his right hand, Bryant put on a show with 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers avenged an earlier loss to the Portland Trail Blazers with a 93-80 victory

Still wearing a protective glove on his hand, Bryant took over in the final period, scoring nine straight points for Los Angeles over a five-minute stretch. His two foul shots gave the Lakers a 77-65 lead with 5:50 left.

"I'm still trying to get a lot of it back," Bryant said. "Our rhythm as a team is a little off. Our timing is not there with the triangle sets."

When it appeared the Lakers were on the verge of a fourth-quarter collapse, Bryant helped sealed the Trail Blazers' fate with a spectaular defensive play.

After Portland closed to 79-74, Bryant blocked Scottie Pippen's layup into the first row of the seats with 2:14 remaining. He added five points in the final two minutes as Los Angeles (13-4) moved within one-half game of first-place Portland (14-4) in the Pacific Division.

"I knew that was a big possession for them," Bryant said of his block. "If he makes a layup, the momentum could possibly shift. So, I decided to either take the foul or try to block it and I don't think they saw me coming."

The Blazers posted a 97-82 home victory over Los Angeles on November 6 but the Lakers were without Bryant while Shaquille O'Neal was ejected early in the fourth quarter.

"It was a messy first half, but in the second half we came out and played like we had a purpose," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It was a hard win, but we did what we wanted to do."

The 7-2 O'Neal dominated inside tonight with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Ron Harper added a season-high 18 points for the Lakers.

"I'd give myself a 79, a high C," O'Neal said. "If I pick it up, it should be nasty."

"They good defense and I think Shaq is doing a better job this year of playing good defense, coming over from the weak side blocking shots," Pippen added. "They're pretty aggressive this year."

Damon Stoudamire scored 23 points and Steve Smith added 18 for the Blazers, who led 59-54 late in the third quarter before the Lakers finished the period with an 8-0 run.

"Portland is an offensive team and they come out to destroy you," Jackson said. "It was a tough night to shoot until we got some blocks."

Brian Grant's dunk gave Portland its five-point lead with 3:31 remaining in the period but the Blazers went in a 4 1/2-minute drought that extended into the final quarter. Portland shot just 12.5 percent from the field the third period.

"We just couldn't get anything to fall for us," Pippen said. "We didn't take advantage of the opportunities when they were there, and as a result, when they made their run, we were unable to hold a surge."

Glen Rice's two foul shots snapped a 59-59 tie with 1:30 left in the third period and gave the Lakers the lead for good. Derek Fisher's three-point play and eight-foot jumper staked Los Angeles to a 72-65 edge with 7:43 to play.

"Whenever a situation gets tight like that, you have instincts to step up to the plate and step up to the challenge and we did an excellent job at that," Bryant said. "It will be a challenge every time we face (Portland) because of their depth and athleticism."

After Bryant's jumper made it 79-67 with 4:28 left, Stoudamire ignited a 7-0 run with two foul shots. A jumper by Rasheed Wallace, who scored 17 points, and Detlef Schrempf's 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 79-74 with 3:07 remaining.

The defenses dominated the battle of Western Conference powers as the Lakers shot 36 percent (31-of-86) from the field and the Blazers only 34 percent (26-of-76).

"I thought we did a pretty good job defensively for most of the night," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We had a hard time making shots and then I thought a couple times, particularly in the fourth quarter, we let penetration beat us."

Los Angeles committed just six turnovers and held a 57-42 edge on the boards. The Lakers outscored the Blazers in the paint, 18-5.

The Lakers surged out of the gate, taking a 10-1 lead on Rice's 3-pointer just 2:05 into the first period. Portland answered with a 24-8 spurt to take a 25-18 first-quarter lead on Stoudamire's 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in the period.

However, the Lakers allowed just 11 points in the second quarter and grabbed a 37-36 halftime lead.

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