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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 25 19 21 10 75 PORTLAND 21 30 22 22 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 18, LAMOND MURRAY 17, ANDREW DECLERCQ 12 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 25, STEVE SMITH 18, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 17

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - ANDREW DECLERCQ 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 9, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - BREVIN KNIGHT 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 4

ATT: 19,980


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (75) AT PORTLAND (95)

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

KEMP F 32 6-13 6-8 2 4 6 1 5 0 6 18 MURRAY F 35 7-13 2-5 1 5 6 3 2 1 3 17 BRYANT C 25 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 SURA G 33 3-14 2-4 0 3 3 3 4 0 1 10 KNIGHT G 29 3-8 1-1 2 3 5 4 3 0 1 7 DECLERCQ 33 5-10 2-2 4 4 8 0 3 5 2 12 DAVID 6 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 MILLER 18 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 2 2 PERSON 15 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 C HENDERSON 13 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 M HENDRICKSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STACK DNP - ILLNESS

TOTALS 240 28-73 16-24 13 23 36 16 23 9 18 75 (.384) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

B GRANT F 25 2-4 0-0 0 7 7 3 2 2 1 4 PIPPEN F 36 5-8 0-0 0 9 9 8 2 2 1 12 WALLACE C 39 12-17 1-1 3 6 9 2 1 2 3 25 SMITH G 36 7-16 4-4 3 2 5 2 2 0 1 18 STOUDAMIRE G 36 7-12 3-3 1 1 2 4 1 0 4 17 SCHREMPF 25 4-6 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 1 1 8 AUGMON 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WELLS 17 3-6 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 7 ANTHONY 12 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 ONEAL 9 2-4 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - VIRAL INFECTION

TOTALS 240 42-79 9-12 10 30 40 23 17 8 14 95 (.532) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

CLEVELAND 25 19 21 10 - 75 PORTLAND 21 30 22 22 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - PERSON. PORTLAND - B GRANT, SCHREMPF, SMITH, WALLACE, WELLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-13 (.231), MURRAY 1-4, SURA 2-6, PERSON 0-3. PORTLAND 2-9 (.222), PIPPEN 2-4, SMITH 0-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, GARY BENSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,980. T - 2:00.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 32 6-13 6-8 2-6 1 5 18 Murray 35 7-13 2-5 1-6 3 2 17 Bryant 25 1-1 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 Sura 33 3-14 2-4 0-3 3 4 10 Knight 29 3-8 1-1 2-5 4 3 7 Declercq 33 5-10 2-2 4-8 0 3 12 David 6 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Miller 18 1-4 0-0 1-2 3 2 2 Person 15 1-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 C Henderson 13 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 M Hendrickson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Stack DNP - illness _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 16-24 13-36 16 23 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Murray 1-4, Sura 2-6, Person 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Person). Turnovers: 18 (Kemp 6, Murray 3, Bryant 2, Declercq 2, Miller 2, David, Knight, Sura). Steals: 9 (Declercq 5, Bryant 2, C Henderson, Murray).

PORTLAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 25 2-4 0-0 0-7 3 2 4 Pippen 36 5-8 0-0 0-9 8 2 12 Wallace 39 12-17 1-1 3-9 2 1 25 Smith 36 7-16 4-4 3-5 2 2 18 Stoudamire 36 7-12 3-3 1-2 4 1 17 Schrempf 25 4-6 0-0 1-5 2 4 8 Augmon 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wells 17 3-6 1-2 1-2 0 2 7 Anthony 12 0-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Oneal 9 2-4 0-2 1-1 0 1 4 Harvey DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - viral infection _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-79 9-12 10-40 23 17 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Pippen 2-4, Smith 0-3, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (B Grant, Schrempf, Smith, Wallace, Wells). Turnovers: 16 (Stoudamire 4, Wallace 3, Wells 3, B Grant, Pippen, Schrempf, Smith). Steals: 8 (B Grant 2, Pippen 2, Wallace 2, Anthony, Schrempf). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 25 19 21 10 - 75 Portland 21 30 22 22 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,980. T: 2:00. Officials: Steve Javie, Gary Benson, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- It took Scottie Pippen 12 minutes to get his game in gear. Once he did, the Portland Trail Blazers left the Cleveland Cavaliers in their rear-view mirror.

Pippen scored all 12 of his points in the second quarter when the Trail Blazers pulled ahead for good, coasting to their ninth win in 10 games, 95-75 over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were denied a season-high fourth straight win.

Pippen was held scoreless and committed two quick fouls in the first quarter as the Blazers fell behind 25-21. But the versatile 6-7 forward made all five of his shots, hit two free throws and handed out three assists in the second quarter, giving Portland a 51-44 lead at intermission.

"It was Pippen who got it going for them," Cleveland coach Randy Wittman said. "That's Scottie's forte, hitting two 3s and then three other shots. We came out in the third quarter and kept in position but couldn't turn the corner."

Pippen finished with nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals for the Blazers, who completed a 3-0 homestand and improved to 13-3 overall at the Rose Garden. Unfortunately for Portland, the Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th straight game to remain 3 1/2 games ahead of the Blazers for the best record in the NBA.

Rasheed Wallace had a season-high 25 points and nine rebounds and Steve Smith scored 19 points and opened things up in the fourth quarter with a sharpshooting display for Portland.

"(Wallace) hit some big shots for them," Cleveland's Andrew DeClercq said. "He's got a lot of very good skills. He can really play this game. He has that jump shot that makes him very tough to guard."

Shawn Kemp scored 18 points for Cleveland, which was unable to follow up on its 103-100 victory over Portland at Gund Arena on November 23.

"The key for them was Steve Smith down in the post at the end of the game," Kemp said. "He knocked down those baseline shots. He was unstoppable at the end of the game."

The game featured a moment of silence for former Cleveland guard Bobby Phills, who died in a car accident earlier today after practicing with his Charlotte Hornets' teammates.

Cleveland's Ryan Stack, a 6-11 second-year forward from South Carolina, felt lightheaded during introductions and was taken to Legacy Emanuel hospital where he is currently reported to be improving and responding to treatment. Stack never lost consciousness en route to the hospital but will be held overnight for further observation.

Damon Stoudamire scored 17 points for Portland, which shot 53 percent (42-of-79) and held a 40-36 advantage on the boards. The Blazers scored 21 points off Cleveland turnovers.

"We have to continue to get better and be ready to play," Portland guard Bonzi Wells said. "You saw how good our team was tonight. When one guys goes down, somebody else steps up."

The game appeared as though it would be decided in the opening moments as Portland ran out to a 12-3 lead behind seven points by Wallace. But Lamond Murray scored 10 of his 17 points in the period and Cleveland closed with a 22-9 run to take a four-point lead into the second quarter.

Pippen got the Blazers going by feeding Brian Grant and Smith for easy baskets before knocking down a 25-footer that cut the deficit to 40-38 with 4:14 left in the half. He connected from 19, 10 and 20 feet on consecutive trips to put Portland ahead for good, 46-42 with 1:56 remaining before draining another 3-pointer to make it 51-44 with 36 seconds left.

Smith's arsenal began when he hit a 17-footer with 3:37 to play that gave the Blazers a 13-point bulge. He hit his next three jumpers, giving Portland a 93-74 cushion with just under two minutes to play.

"The first half we turned the ball over too much," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "But in the second half, defensively we made the stops we needed. We took better care of the basketball and were more focused in the second half."

DeClercq scored 12 points and Sura added 10 for Cleveland, which shot 38 percent (28-of-73) and yielded 46 points in the paint.

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