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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 20 25 21 24 90 UTAH 18 18 22 28 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - BRIAN GRANT 16, STEVE SMITH 16, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 12 UTH - KARL MALONE 29, BRYON RUSSELL 18, JOHN STOCKTON 18

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 7, RASHEED WALLACE 7 UTH - KARL MALONE 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 4, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 4 UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 19,911


Extended Box

PORTLAND (90) AT UTAH (86)

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

B GRANT F 32 7-9 2-4 2 5 7 1 4 1 1 16 PIPPEN F 34 2-10 3-5 2 2 4 4 4 1 0 7 WALLACE C 28 3-7 5-6 0 7 7 1 5 0 1 11 SMITH G 33 4-9 7-7 0 0 0 3 4 1 1 16 STOUDAMIRE G 32 4-13 3-3 0 1 1 4 2 3 3 12 SABONIS 21 5-8 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 0 2 10 ONEAL 11 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 ANTHONY 16 2-4 0-1 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 6 AUGMON 21 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 6 WELLS 12 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 4 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCHREMPF DNP - SORE NECK

TOTALS 240 31-69 24-30 8 22 30 16 32 7 11 90 (.449) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(5 PTS)

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

MALONE F 37 9-18 10-12 5 9 14 1 3 1 2 29 RUSSELL F 43 4-13 8-11 3 2 5 1 4 1 0 18 POLYNICE C 23 1-2 0-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 3 2 HORNACEK G 21 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 3 0 STOCKTON G 40 6-10 6-6 0 3 3 9 4 1 3 18 EISLEY 25 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 10 OSTERTAG 25 0-0 4-6 0 5 5 0 3 0 1 4 VAUGHN 7 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 GILLIAM 10 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 LEWIS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KEEFE 4 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 1 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-60 31-41 10 28 38 16 27 4 16 86 (.417) (.756) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

PORTLAND 20 25 21 24 - 90 UTAH 18 18 22 28 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - B GRANT, WELLS, WALLACE. UTAH - OSTERTAG 5, RUSSELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-14 (.286), PIPPEN 0-4, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 1-2, ANTHONY 2-4. UTAH 5-17 (.294), MALONE 1-2, RUSSELL 2-7, HORNACEK 0-1, STOCKTON 0-1, EISLEY 2-6. TECHNICALS: UTAH - MALONE, HEAD COACH SLOAN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, HANK ARMSTRONG, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,911. T - 2:39.


Box Score

PORTLAND (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 32 7-9 2-4 2-7 1 4 16 Pippen 34 2-10 3-5 2-4 4 4 7 Wallace 28 3-7 5-6 0-7 1 5 11 Smith 33 4-9 7-7 0-0 3 4 16 Stoudamire 32 4-13 3-3 0-1 4 2 12 Sabonis 21 5-8 0-0 3-5 1 3 10 Oneal 11 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 4 2 Anthony 16 2-4 0-1 0-1 1 3 6 Augmon 21 2-4 2-2 0-3 0 3 6 Wells 12 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 4 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Schrempf DNP - sore neck _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 24-30 8-30 16 32 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Pippen 0-4, Wallace 0-1, Smith 1-3, Stoudamire 1-2, Anthony 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (B Grant, Wells, Wallace). Turnovers: 13 (Stoudamire 3, Sabonis 2, Anthony, Augmon, B Grant, Oneal, Smith, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Stoudamire 3, B Grant, Pippen, Smith, Wells).

UTAH (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 37 9-18 10-12 5-14 1 3 29 Russell 43 4-13 8-11 3-5 1 4 18 Polynice 23 1-2 0-2 1-3 0 2 2 Hornacek 21 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 3 0 Stockton 40 6-10 6-6 0-3 9 4 18 Eisley 25 4-8 0-0 0-4 2 2 10 Ostertag 25 0-0 4-6 0-5 0 3 4 Vaughn 7 0-3 2-2 0-0 1 2 2 Gilliam 10 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Lewis 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Keefe 4 0-0 1-2 0-3 0 1 1 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-60 31-41 10-38 16 27 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.756. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Malone 1-2, Russell 2-7, Hornacek 0-1, Stockton 0-1, Eisley 2-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Ostertag 5, Russell). Turnovers: 16 (Hornacek 3, Polynice 3, Stockton 3, Malone 2, Eisley, Gilliam, Keefe, Ostertag, Vaughn). Steals: 4 (Malone, Polynice, Russell, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Portland 20 25 21 24 - 90 Utah 18 18 22 28 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Utah 4 (Malone, 7:25 1st; Head Coach Sloan, 4:27 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 10:31 4th, 6:32 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,911. T: 2:39. Officials: Steve Javie, Hank Armstrong, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Steve Smith and Greg Anthony helped their team avoid a complete collapse, nailing two big 3-pointers in crunch time, as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Utah Jazz, 90-86.

In a clear statement game between a pair of Western Conference contenders, the Trail Blazers appeared to shake off their inconsistent play of late, racing out to a 16-point third-quarter lead.

"There was no statement," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We needed a win badly on the road."

But in a microcosm of its last 20 games, Portland fell apart and saw Utah forge ahead for the first time since the first quarter when Karl Malone buried a 19-footer with 4:52 to play.

"That was a really hardfought game," Dunleavy said. "We has an excellent first half, but, as we expected, they were tough and they started making their run at us. I was pleased with how poised we stayed down the stretch and that we executed and made the plays we needed to to win."

The teams exhanged baskets for the next four minutes before Smith gave Portland an 83-79 lead on a 23-footer with 52 seconds to play. John Stockton responded with a pair of free throws for Utah before Anthony connected from 26 feet to make it an 86-81 cushion with 22 seconds remaining.

Smith and Brian Grant scored 16 points apiece and Arvydas Sabonis added 10 in 21 minutes off the bench in his first game back for Portland after a nine-game absence due to an injured foot.

"This was a big win for us because not only will we probably face the Jazz in the playoffs, it also puts a little momentum on our back for up-and-coming games," Grant said.

The Blazers denied the Jazz a chance at a third straight trip to the NBA Finals last season, by knocking them off in the West semifinals.

Damon Stoudamire scored 12 points and Rasheed Wallace added 11 for the Blazers, who snapped a three-game losing streak in Utah and had lost 12 of their previous 13 visits to the Delta Center.

Portland had split its previous 20 games since having a season-high 11-game win streak snapped by the leauge-leading Los Angeles Lakers on February 29.

Malone had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who have lost two straight and suffered just their second loss in 14 home games. Utah slipped to 29-10 here overall and saw its lead in the Midwest Division shrink to three games over San Antonio with five games to play.

"We had to have almost a perfect finish and we didn't have a perfect finish," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said, lamenting his team's 36-point output in the first half. "We were playing against a team that is very talented and they're not going to give you easy baskets."

The Blazers shot 45 percent (31-of-69), lost the battle along the boards, 38-30, but yielded just five points off turnovers.

Scottie Pippen managed just seven points on a dismal 2-of-10 shooting performance for Portland, which is safely locked into the third seed in the West.

"This was a game we really needed," Pippen said. "We realized that right now we're in a bit of a race between these two teams trying to finish with the homecourt advantage. When you play against a tough opponent like the Utah Jazz, they really bring out the best in you."

Bryon Russell and John Stockton scored 18 points apiece and Howard Eisley added 10 off the bench for Utah, which shot 42 percent (25-of-60) and appeared out of contention early before getting hot in the third period.

Pippen's three-point play gave Portland a commanding 54-38 bulge with less than 10 minutes left in the third quarter. But Russell knocked down a 3-pointer and made a free throw, sparking a 20-12 run that cut the deficit to eight heading into the final period.

Russell and Greg Ostertag combined to make four free throws, Eisley was good from 24 feet and Russell dunked as the Jazz cut the deficit to 68-67 with 7:45 to play.

Smith hit a technical free throw before Malone forged a 69-69 tie on a pair from the line with six minutes remaining. Anthony buried a 3-pointer, but Stockton hit two free throws and Malone sank a long jumper with 4:52 left to put the Jazz ahead.

"We just played bad," Ostertag said. "And they took advantage of that. We had to battle back and that's what hurt us."

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