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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 24 23 22 19 88 CHICAGO 12 16 13 22 63 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 16, BONZI WELLS 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 CHI - ELTON BRAND 23, COREY BENJAMIN 19, BJ ARMSTRONG 10

HIGH REBOUND: POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 CHI - ELTON BRAND 10, CHRIS ANSTEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6, GREG ANTHONY 6 CHI - BJ ARMSTRONG 5, RON ARTEST 4

ATT: 22,353


Extended Box

PORTLAND (88) AT CHICAGO (63)

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

PIPPEN F 26 5-9 1-1 0 3 3 6 4 2 1 11 WALLACE F 29 4-6 2-4 0 4 4 3 2 2 2 10 SABONIS C 19 3-8 1-2 1 7 8 3 0 2 0 7 SMITH G 28 4-7 2-2 1 4 5 1 2 0 3 11 STOUDAMIRE G 29 6-13 4-4 0 5 5 4 0 5 2 16 ONEAL 18 3-4 2-4 0 2 2 0 3 2 2 8 B GRANT 17 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 2 3 4 ANTHONY 19 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 6 1 2 2 2 WELLS 20 6-8 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 2 1 15 SCHREMPF 19 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 2 AUGMON 13 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 4 0 0 4 2 HARVEY 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 36-72 14-19 5 34 39 30 22 20 23 88 (.500) (.737) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 23(15 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 34 1-11 0-0 0 4 4 4 5 3 3 2 BRAND F 38 10-20 3-4 6 4 10 2 2 2 1 23 SIMPKINS C 20 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 6 0 ARMSTRONG G 25 4-7 1-2 1 1 2 5 0 1 2 10 C BENJAMIN G 36 8-20 2-7 1 6 7 0 4 1 5 19 RUFFIN 23 0-1 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 2 2 BROWN 18 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 3 5 0 WILLOUGHBY 11 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 ANSTEY 20 2-6 0-0 4 5 9 0 3 0 2 4 PERDUE 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 0 REEVES 7 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3

TOTALS 240 26-77 9-17 16 27 43 19 23 12 30 63 (.338) (.529) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 31(30 PTS)

PORTLAND 24 23 22 19 - 88 CHICAGO 12 16 13 22 - 63

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - ONEAL 3, SMITH 2, SABONIS 2, PIPPEN, B GRANT. CHICAGO - RUFFIN, C BENJAMIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 2-11 (.182), PIPPEN 0-1, SABONIS 0-1, SMITH 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 0-3, WELLS 1-2. CHICAGO 2-10 (.200), ARTEST 0-5, ARMSTRONG 1-1, C BENJAMIN 1-2, WILLOUGHBY 0-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, RODNEY MOTT. A - 22,353. T - 2:06.


Box Score

PORTLAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 26 5-9 1-1 0-3 6 4 11 Wallace 29 4-6 2-4 0-4 3 2 10 Sabonis 19 3-8 1-2 1-8 3 0 7 Smith 28 4-7 2-2 1-5 1 2 11 Stoudamire 29 6-13 4-4 0-5 4 0 16 Oneal 18 3-4 2-4 0-2 0 3 8 B Grant 17 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 5 4 Anthony 19 1-5 0-0 0-2 6 1 2 Wells 20 6-8 2-2 1-2 0 2 15 Schrempf 19 1-4 0-0 1-4 2 2 2 Augmon 13 1-3 0-0 1-1 4 0 2 Harvey 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-72 14-19 5-39 30 22 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Pippen 0-1, Sabonis 0-1, Smith 1-3, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 0-3, Wells 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Oneal 3, Smith 2, Sabonis 2, Pippen, B Grant). Turnovers: 23 (Augmon 4, B Grant 3, Smith 3, Anthony 2, Oneal 2, Schrempf 2, Stoudamire 2, Wallace 2, Harvey, Pippen, Wells). Steals: 20 (Stoudamire 5, Anthony 2, B Grant 2, Oneal 2, Pippen 2, Sabonis 2, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Schrempf).

CHICAGO (63) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 34 1-11 0-0 0-4 4 5 2 Brand 38 10-20 3-4 6-10 2 2 23 Simpkins 20 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 0 Armstrong 25 4-7 1-2 1-2 5 0 10 C Benjamin 36 8-20 2-7 1-7 0 4 19 Ruffin 23 0-1 2-2 1-5 0 2 2 Brown 18 0-5 0-0 1-1 3 1 0 Willoughby 11 0-2 0-1 0-0 3 0 0 Anstey 20 2-6 0-0 4-9 0 3 4 Perdue 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 0 Reeves 7 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 0 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-77 9-17 16-43 19 23 63 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Artest 0-5, Armstrong 1-1, C Benjamin 1-2, Willoughby 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Ruffin, C Benjamin). Turnovers: 31 (Simpkins 6, Brown 5, C Benjamin 5, Artest 3, Anstey 2, Armstrong 2, Perdue 2, Ruffin 2, Brand, Reeves, Willoughby). Steals: 12 (Artest 3, Brown 3, Brand 2, Armstrong, C Benjamin, Perdue, Willoughby). ____________________________________________ Portland 24 23 22 19 - 88 Chicago 12 16 13 22 - 63 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Delay Of Game, 3:27 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,353. T: 2:06. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls probably wish they had some competiton to offer with the video tribute they gave Scottie Pippen.

Pippen scored 11 points in the first half and did not bother to take the court in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to an 88-63 rout of the pathetic Bulls, who have lost a season-high 11 straight.

Pippen, the only active NBA player with six championship rings, left the Bulls dynasty after winning his last title here in 1998 in a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston Rockets.

After forcing a blockbuster trade to Portland following the lockout-shortened season, Pippen made his return to the United Center tonight. He received a standing ovation during introductions after his former club honored him with a two-minute video featuring some of his finest moments in a Bulls uniform.

"The tribute was nice," Pippen said. "I appreciate that the organization decided to honor me, it meant a lot. I was a little choked up but I was glad I did not have to make a speech. I guess the secret is out, but they told me they will retire my number at some point."

"With the Pippen introduction, I knew we were in a special place," Chicago coach Tim Floyd added. "I was proud that the team decided to honor the guy. He is obviously loved by the fans. It is a great message to our young guys that if you work hard you will be rewarded down the line."

Pippen scored six points in the opening period as Portland pulled ahead to stay, 24-12, en route to its fifth straight win.

"Scottie is a real professional," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "The crowd figured to juice him up even more and be positive here. The reaction of the fans was tremendous and I'm glad for him. He's kind of the glue for us. Even here with Michael (Jordan) and the championships, he was a big-time player. He is a selfless player and plays a team game as either the playmaker or the defender on the opponent's toughest."

Damon Stoudamire scored 16 points and Bonzi Wells added 15 off the bench for the Blazers, who pulled within two games of the league-leading Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot in the Pacific Division.

"We needed to come in here tonight and get it done," Wells said. "We wanted to get this game out of the way and focus on the games ahead of us. We have a tough game tomorrow (at Toronto) and that is the start of a rough road trip for us."

Rookie Elton Brand, one of the lone bright spots in the worst start in franchise history, had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

The Bulls eclipsed their 10-game losing streak from November 16-December 8 and further embarrassed themselves by establishing a season-low in points and committing a season-high 31 turnovers.

"Their second team seemed like a starting five out there," Brand said. "They're a very talented team and we had to come out and play hard, and we hung around. But they're too deep."

Steve Smith scored 11 points and Rasheed Wallace added 10 for Portland, which held Chicago below 20 points in each of the first three quarters before surrendering 22 in the fourth.

"(The Bulls) are going through a rebuilding mode and have a lot of young guys that play hard," Smith said. "Scottie was excited about coming back but he just wanted to get a win and see some of his family and friends."

Corey Benjamin scored 19 points and B.J. Armstrong added 10 for the Bulls, who scored a season-low 28 points in the first half and shot just 34 percent (26-of-77) from the field.

The Blazers made half of their 72 shots and coach Mike Dunleavy used his entire bench in the second half. He did not allow any of his starters to play more than 29 minutes.

Pippen connected on 5-of-9 shots and handed out six assists in 26 minutes.

"Being in Chicago was very special for me," he said. "We had to build up to the championship run, it did not happen overnight. And that is what we're trying to do in Portland. Chicago has been great to me and my career. Now I'm moving on with my life. I have no regrets and I thank everyone in Chicago for all the great years."

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