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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 26 28 23 20 97 SEATTLE 19 39 17 21 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 24, BONZI WELLS 23, ARVYDAS SABONIS 16 SEA - GARY PAYTON 24, RUBEN PATTERSON 15, BRENT BARRY 14

HIGH REBOUND: POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 11, RASHEED WALLACE 9 SEA - RUBEN PATTERSON 11, HORACE GRANT 9

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6 SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, BRENT BARRY 4

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

PORTLAND (97) AT SEATTLE (96)

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

PIPPEN F 37 2-9 3-4 3 2 5 6 1 0 4 7 WALLACE F 39 9-14 6-7 3 6 9 2 5 0 3 24 SABONIS C 36 7-10 2-2 1 10 11 4 3 0 3 16 SMITH G 29 3-11 2-2 2 2 4 4 4 0 3 8 STOUDAMIRE G 33 3-9 3-3 0 5 5 6 3 0 2 9 WELLS 26 11-19 1-1 1 0 1 0 2 3 1 23 ONEAL 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 SCHREMPF 19 1-4 2-2 2 3 5 3 3 0 1 4 ANTHONY 15 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-78 19-21 12 29 41 27 24 3 17 97 (.487) (.905) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

BAKER F 37 4-9 5-8 1 3 4 2 5 1 2 13 PATTERSON F 26 6-11 2-4 2 9 11 0 2 2 2 15 GRANT C 39 3-10 1-1 3 6 9 3 3 0 1 7 B BARRY G 37 4-10 4-4 0 3 3 4 5 1 0 14 PAYTON G 48 11-22 1-4 0 5 5 11 3 1 2 24 LEWIS 26 6-8 1-2 2 0 2 2 3 0 1 13 MAXWELL 23 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 10 FOSTER 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BORRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-81 14-23 8 26 34 24 24 7 9 96 (.469) (.609) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

PORTLAND 26 28 23 20 - 97 SEATTLE 19 39 17 21 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - PIPPEN 2, SABONIS 2, WALLACE. SEATTLE - B BARRY 2, GRANT, BAKER, LEWIS, PATTERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 2-10 (.200), PIPPEN 0-2, SMITH 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 0-3, WELLS 0-1, ANTHONY 2-2. SEATTLE 6-19 (.316), PATTERSON 1-1, B BARRY 2-6, PAYTON 1-5, LEWIS 0-1, MAXWELL 2-6. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, WELLS. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RON OLESIAK, RODNEY MOTT. A - 17,072. T - 2:19.


Box Score

PORTLAND (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 37 2-9 3-4 3-5 6 1 7 Wallace 39 9-14 6-7 3-9 2 5 24 Sabonis 36 7-10 2-2 1-11 4 3 16 Smith 29 3-11 2-2 2-4 4 4 8 Stoudamire 33 3-9 3-3 0-5 6 3 9 Wells 26 11-19 1-1 1-1 0 2 23 Oneal 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Schrempf 19 1-4 2-2 2-5 3 3 4 Anthony 15 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 6 Augmon DNP - coach's decision G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 19-21 12-41 27 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Pippen 0-2, Smith 0-2, Stoudamire 0-3, Wells 0-1, Anthony 2-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Pippen 2, Sabonis 2, Wallace). Turnovers: 17 (Pippen 4, Sabonis 3, Smith 3, Wallace 3, Stoudamire 2, Schrempf, Wells). Steals: 3 (Wells 3).

SEATTLE (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 4-9 5-8 1-4 2 5 13 Patterson 26 6-11 2-4 2-11 0 2 15 Grant 39 3-10 1-1 3-9 3 3 7 B Barry 37 4-10 4-4 0-3 4 5 14 Payton 48 11-22 1-4 0-5 11 3 24 Lewis 26 6-8 1-2 2-2 2 3 13 Maxwell 23 4-9 0-0 0-0 1 3 10 Foster 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Borrell DNP - coach's decision Mccoy DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 14-23 8-34 24 24 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Patterson 1-1, B Barry 2-6, Payton 1-5, Lewis 0-1, Maxwell 2-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (B Barry 2, Grant, Baker, Lewis, Patterson). Turnovers: 11 (Baker 2, Patterson 2, Payton 2, Grant, Lewis, Maxwell). Steals: 7 (Maxwell 2, Patterson 2, B Barry, Baker, Payton). ____________________________________________ Portland 26 28 23 20 - 97 Seattle 19 39 17 21 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace, 7:09 3rd; Wells, 6:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:19. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ron Olesiak, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- In the final minute, Scottie Pippen won his duel with Gary Payton.

Pippen had two big blocked shots and the winning free throws with 7.7 seconds left, giving the Portland Trail Blazers a 97-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

The perennial All-Stars and superb defensive players crossed paths three times in the last minute, with Pippen getting the upper hand each time. He scored just seven points but affected the game with his defense, as he has done so many times in the past.

"I told him I was going to get the last laugh tonight," Pippen said.

The Trail Blazers held a 95-93 lead when Pippen blocked Payton's drive over the backboard. Seattle's Vin Baker tied it with a jumper with 43 seconds left and on the ensuing possession stole the ball from Damon Stoudamire and sent in Payton for a layup. Pippen came out of nowhere and blocked the shot.

"He bobbled the ball a little bit and that gave me the opportunity to recover," Pippen said.

The rebound was grabbed by Seattle's Rashard Lewis, who was fouled with 17 seconds to go. The second-year forward made 1-of-2, giving the SuperSonics the lead.

Guarded by the smaller Payton, Pippen drove from the left wing and drew a questionable foul. He made both foul shots to give Portland the lead.

"They overplayed me and I went against the pressure and I just got fouled," Pippen said.

On the final possession, Payton drove into the lane and passed to a wide-open Brent Barry in the right corner. But Barry fired a long airball on a 3-pointer and the rebound was batted around as time expired.

If Brent's shot goes in, we win," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "If it doesn't go in, we don't win, and I'll take that chance anytime. It's a wide open shot for a great shooter."

Payton had 24 points and 11 assists for the Sonics, who have lost four straight meetings with the Blazers.

"He's such a great player," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said of Pippen. "He made a great play at the end and we dodged a bullet."

Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points, Bonzi Wells added 23 and Arvydas Sabonis 16 and 11 rebounds for Portland (50-16), which reached 50 wins for the seventh time in franchise history and first since 1992-93.

"I just loved how hard we played, the intensity we came out with and the way we stayed with it," Dunleavy said. "There were a lot of momentum flows in this game and a lot of changes."

Ruben Patterson had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Lewis scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter for Seattle, which had six players in double figures but are just one-half game ahead of seventh-place Minnesota in the Western Conference.

"It was real disappointing," said Westphal, whose team was 14-of-23 from the line. "I thought we had a lot of great efforts out there. You look at the stat sheet and you'll see that we missed nine free throws. You know, just little things here and there."

The Blazers held an 81-77 lead with just over 10 minutes to go before the Sonics went on a 14-4 run that featured eight points from Lewis and a technical foul against Wells. Lewis' tip-in with 4:27 to go gave Seattle a 91-85 lead.

"It was one of those games where nobody really gained an edge," Pippen said. "We just stayed in the game. Things didn't go our way at times but you have to play through those situations. We were getting too caught up in the officials not making the calls for us."

Portland answered with a 10-2 burst. Steve Smith made a layup and Sabonis scored twice inside to tie it before Wallace dunked to give the Blazers a 93-91 lead with 1:38 left.

Payton made a layup but Wallace responded with an 18-footer with 1:01 left.

The game had a postseason atmosphere and featured 15 ties and 14 lead changes. Portland shot 49 percent (38-of-78) from the field and held a 41-34 rebounding advantage.

Barry scored 14 points, Baker added 13 and Vernon Maxwell 10 for the Sonics, who shot 47 percent (38-of-81).

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