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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 26 28 9 22 85 PORTLAND 25 22 29 22 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 20, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 POR - STEVE SMITH 27, RASHEED WALLACE 21, BRIAN GRANT 20

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 9, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 7 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 8, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 10, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 5 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6, DETLEF SCHREMPF 5

ATT: 20,415


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (85) AT PORTLAND (98)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 40 7-15 3-4 6 3 9 5 4 1 2 17 HARRINGTON F 36 5-9 2-4 3 4 7 1 3 0 3 12 REEVES C 23 3-7 0-2 0 4 4 0 5 0 2 6 DICKERSON G 38 7-15 5-9 0 2 2 3 5 0 2 20 BIBBY G 40 5-12 0-0 1 3 4 10 3 2 2 12 SCOTT 31 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4 LOPEZ 14 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 6 EKEZIE 10 2-3 4-4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 PALACIO 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION CARR DNP - STRAINED LEFT CALF

TOTALS 240 34-70 14-23 11 19 30 23 22 6 12 85 (.486) (.609) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

B GRANT F 24 8-9 4-6 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 20 PIPPEN F 34 2-9 2-2 1 5 6 6 2 1 2 6 WALLACE C 40 9-15 3-4 2 6 8 4 2 1 0 21 SMITH G 36 6-12 14-14 1 2 3 4 3 0 1 27 STOUDAMIRE G 23 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 4 ONEAL 19 3-4 0-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 6 SCHREMPF 18 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 0 0 2 ANTHONY 25 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 8 WELLS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 AUGMON 17 2-4 0-2 2 2 4 3 3 0 0 4 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-63 25-32 8 23 31 27 26 3 11 98 (.556) (.781) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

VANCOUVER 26 28 9 22 - 85 PORTLAND 25 22 29 22 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - DICKERSON, HARRINGTON. PORTLAND - PIPPEN 2, WALLACE 2, ONEAL 2, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 3-7 (.429), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, DICKERSON 1-1, BIBBY 2-4, SCOTT 0-1. PORTLAND 3-13 (.231), PIPPEN 0-3, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 2-4, AUGMON 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, MARK WUNDERLICH, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 20,415. T - 2:19.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 40 7-15 3-4 6-9 5 4 17 Harrington 36 5-9 2-4 3-7 1 3 12 Reeves 23 3-7 0-2 0-4 0 5 6 Dickerson 38 7-15 5-9 0-2 3 5 20 Bibby 40 5-12 0-0 1-4 10 3 12 Scott 31 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Lopez 14 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 6 Ekezie 10 2-3 4-4 1-1 0 0 8 Palacio 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Parks DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision Carr DNP - strained left calf _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 14-23 11-30 23 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Dickerson 1-1, Bibby 2-4, Scott 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Dickerson, Harrington). Turnovers: 16 (Harrington 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby 2, Dickerson 2, Reeves 2, Palacio). Steals: 6 (Bibby 2, Abdur-rahim, Lopez, Palacio, Scott).

PORTLAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 24 8-9 4-6 0-2 1 5 20 Pippen 34 2-9 2-2 1-6 6 2 6 Wallace 40 9-15 3-4 2-8 4 2 21 Smith 36 6-12 14-14 1-3 4 3 27 Stoudamire 23 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 4 4 Oneal 19 3-4 0-2 1-4 0 2 6 Schrempf 18 1-2 0-0 1-3 5 1 2 Anthony 25 2-4 2-2 0-1 3 3 8 Wells 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Augmon 17 2-4 0-2 2-4 3 3 4 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-63 25-32 8-31 27 26 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.556, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Pippen 0-3, Wallace 0-1, Smith 1-3, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 2-4, Augmon 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Pippen 2, Wallace 2, Oneal 2, Smith). Turnovers: 12 (Anthony 3, Wells 3, Pippen 2, B Grant, Oneal, Smith). Steals: 3 (B Grant, Pippen, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 26 28 9 22 - 85 Portland 25 22 29 22 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:15 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Portland 1 (Anthony, 0:00 0th). A: 20,415. T: 2:19. Officials: Terry Durham, Mark Wunderlich, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- No team has been more schizophrenic than the Portland Trail Blazers and both sides of their split personality showed up today.

After falling behind by double digits to the lowly Vancouver Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers' swarming defense went to work in the third quarter and Portland rolled to a 98-85 victory.

Rasheed Wallace and Steve Smith scored 10 points apiece in third quarter, when the Blazers outscored Vancouver, 29-9. Smith finished with 27 points and Wallace added 21.

Brian Grant scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, but Portland trailed 54-47 at the break.

"I think over the last few weeks we kind of lost our identity -- we still played hard but we weren't real sure what we were doing," Grant said. "Now we are really starting to buy into it again."

The Blazers' defense forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter, many coming on 24-second violations as Portland refused to give up any open shots. The Grizzlies went 1-for-11 from the field in the quarter.

"They came out and picked up the intensity in the third quarter. We came out dead. That's all you can say," Vancouver guard Mike Bibby said. "That one quarter did us in. Grant played well and they all played great today. They're a very good team."

The Grizzlies' nine points in the period tie Portland's best defensive effort of the season, matching its fourth-quarter effort in an 81-67 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on January 29.

Portland won despite tying a season low for shots with 63, but hitting at a 56 percent clip and holding the Grizzlies to 9 percent in the third quarter did the trick.

Earlier this season, the Blazers were battling the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the league. Since suffering a 90-87 home loss to the Lakers on February 29 that snapped a season-high 11-game winning streak, they have gone 10-10. Portland, which was tied with Los Angeles before the loss, has fallen nine games back.

The Blazers had lost their last two games to Vancouver and the Houston Rockets, both of whom have long been out of playoff contention. The 13-point loss to the Rockets was particularly humiliating, coming at the Rose Garden.

"We never stopped believing, no matter how bad it gets, and it's been bad the last couple of weeks," Grant said. "You always have to keep believing in your teammates."

The Grizzlies, who had won their previous two after suffering through a stretch in which they lost 16 of 17, got 20 points from Michael Dickerson and 17 from Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Bibby added 12 points and 10 assists.

After a close first quarter, the Grizzlies used a 12-0 run and took a 38-27 lead on Bryant Reeves' lay-in with 7:03 left in the half. Five Grizzlies scored in the run, which began with a 21-footer by Felipe Lopez. The second-year guard also had two assists during the charge.

The Blazers helped the Grizzlies go ahead, turning over the ball on four straight possessions while Vancouver built a double-digit lead. Portland could get no closer than four points the rest of the half.

"We played extremely well in the first half abd you have to go out and have a mind-set of your own to play with Portland for the whole game," said Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins, who was the starting point guard on the Blazers' 1977 NBA champion team. "In the second half, Portland's defense stepped up. Once they got the lead, they built on that."

Grant started the game in place of 21-year-old Jermaine O'Neal, who had moved into the starting lineup when Arvydas Sabonis went down with a knee injury. He hit 8-of-9 from the floor and was the only Blazer who seemed ready to play in the first half.

"I am getting pretty close to being completely back," said Grant, who has missed 20 games this season with plantar fascitis, and for much of the spring has been a shadow of the player he was before the foot injury.

"Brian played extremely well," Portland guard Greg Anthony said. "He was the one guy who held us together in the first half when the rest of us were kind of shell-shocked."

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