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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 36 21 31 28 116 LA CLIPPERS 20 25 25 30 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 24, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 18, BRIAN GRANT 15 LAC - TYRONE NESBY 20, DEREK ANDERSON 20, LAMAR ODOM 15

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 8, ARVYDAS SABONIS 8 LAC - MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 14, KEITH CLOSS 4

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 LAC - JEFF MCINNIS 4, CHARLES JONES 4

ATT: 18,964


Extended Box

PORTLAND (116) AT LA CLIPPERS (100)

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

PIPPEN F 24 7-10 2-2 1 3 4 2 1 4 3 18 WALLACE F 30 6-9 2-3 2 6 8 5 1 0 1 14 SABONIS C 23 4-7 4-4 2 6 8 1 1 0 1 12 SMITH G 30 11-16 0-1 1 2 3 5 1 2 2 24 STOUDAMIRE G 29 5-9 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 1 2 10 SCHREMPF 20 2-5 4-4 1 4 5 3 4 0 2 8 AUGMON 24 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 3 8 B GRANT 23 6-7 3-4 2 2 4 2 0 0 1 15 WELLS 18 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 5 ANTHONY 19 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 2 KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 48-75 15-18 9 31 40 30 16 7 17 116 (.640) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

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

NESBY F 40 8-18 3-4 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 20 PIATKOWSKI F 22 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 9 OLOWOKANDI C 43 4-13 2-4 6 8 14 2 3 3 3 10 ANDERSON G 31 9-17 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 20 MCINNIS G 29 5-9 0-0 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 10 ODOM 26 6-11 3-4 2 1 3 3 2 2 3 15 CLOSS 32 5-12 4-6 1 3 4 2 1 1 2 14 BOHANNON 9 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 JONES 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 0 AVENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHILCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 41-91 12-18 13 15 28 21 15 14 10 100 (.451) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

PORTLAND 36 21 31 28 - 116 LA CLIPPERS 20 25 25 30 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - SABONIS, AUGMON. LA CLIPPERS - BOHANNON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 5-10 (.500), PIPPEN 2-2, WALLACE 0-1, SMITH 2-5, WELLS 1-1, ANTHONY 0-1. LA CLIPPERS 6-16 (.375), NESBY 1-2, PIATKOWSKI 3-5, ANDERSON 2-4, MCINNIS 0-1, ODOM 0-2, CLOSS 0-1, JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - PIPPEN, LA CLIPPERS - NESBY. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, JIM CAPERS, BRUCE ALEXANDER. A - 18,964. T - 2:01.


Box Score

PORTLAND (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 24 7-10 2-2 1-4 2 1 18 Wallace 30 6-9 2-3 2-8 5 1 14 Sabonis 23 4-7 4-4 2-8 1 1 12 Smith 30 11-16 0-1 1-3 5 1 24 Stoudamire 29 5-9 0-0 0-5 3 3 10 Schrempf 20 2-5 4-4 1-5 3 4 8 Augmon 24 4-6 0-0 0-1 1 4 8 B Grant 23 6-7 3-4 2-4 2 0 15 Wells 18 2-3 0-0 0-1 5 1 5 Anthony 19 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 0 2 Kleine DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 48-75 15-18 9-40 30 16 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.640, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Pippen 2-2, Wallace 0-1, Smith 2-5, Wells 1-1, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Sabonis, Augmon). Turnovers: 18 (Augmon 3, Pippen 3, Anthony 2, Schrempf 2, Smith 2, Stoudamire 2, B Grant, Sabonis, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Pippen 4, Smith 2, Stoudamire).

LA CLIPPERS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nesby 40 8-18 3-4 1-2 2 2 20 Piatkowski 22 3-8 0-0 0-0 1 3 9 Olowokandi 43 4-13 2-4 6-14 2 3 10 Anderson 31 9-17 0-0 0-1 3 1 20 Mcinnis 29 5-9 0-0 1-2 4 1 10 Odom 26 6-11 3-4 2-3 3 2 15 Closs 32 5-12 4-6 1-4 2 1 14 Bohannon 9 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Jones 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 Avent DNP - coach's decision Chilcutt DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-91 12-18 13-28 21 15 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Nesby 1-2, Piatkowski 3-5, Anderson 2-4, Mcinnis 0-1, Odom 0-2, Closs 0-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Bohannon). Turnovers: 10 (Odom 3, Olowokandi 3, Closs 2, Anderson, Bohannon). Steals: 14 (Jones 3, Olowokandi 3, Anderson 2, Nesby 2, Odom 2, Closs, Piatkowski). ____________________________________________ Portland 36 21 31 28 - 116 La Clippers 20 25 25 30 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Pippen, 3:35 2nd). La Clippers 1 (Nesby, 5:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,964. T: 2:01. Officials: Ed F Rush, Jim Capers, Bruce Alexander.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Portland Trail Blazers moved one victory closer to a 60-win season with a 116-100 triumph over the hapless Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their 17th game in a row.

Steve Smith scored 24 points, Scottie Pippen added 18 and Brian Grant 15 for the Trail Blazers, who can become the second team in franchise history to achieve 60 victories in a single season with a win Wednesday against Denver. The 1990-91 club went 63-19 but lost in the Western Conference finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It was a game we wanted to win," Smith said. "We've got to keep going. Keep our rhythm. We didn't want to lose here. We want to go into the playoffs (against Minnesota) on a good note."

Pippen also had an eye towards Portland's first-round matchup against the Timberwolves.

"We want to keep our rhythm going into the playoffs. We want to stay on a high and see the team get better. We're pretty healthy. We've got a few guys banged up a little and with the season closing tomorrow, it will give us a little time to rest."

Rasheed Wallace contributed 14 points and eight rebounds and Arvydas Sabonis had 12 and eight for Portland, which won for the fifth time in its last six games and defeated Los Angeles for the eighth straight time on the road.

"This game means a lot of us," Wallace said. "We are just trying to win these last two games. We won half tonight and we're going to try and get the other one tomorrow night."

Tyrone Nesby and Derek Anderson scored 20 points apeice and rookie Lamar Odom chipped in with 15 for Los Angeles, which is on its longest losing streak since a 17-game skid from February 5-March 10, 1999. The Clippers (14-67) close their worst season since going 12-70 in 1986-87 on Wednesday at Seattle.

"We just wanted to do something for the crowd," Nesby said. "We just wanted to keep playing hard. I told Lamar (Odom), `It will not be like this next year. We're going to go hard. We're going to get everybody working hard in the summer, and get everybody working hard in training camp.'"

"Our team realizes that it's going to take some hard work," Clippers coach Jim Todd said. "We look forward to taking that challenge over the summer. (This season) was both educational and rewarding. I felt we stayed the course and our young guys learned more about the game."

Despite a sellout crowd at the Staples Center, Los Angeles was practically out of the game in the early minutes. After Michael Olowokandi's tip gave the Clippers a 12-11 lead four minutes into the first quarter, the Trail Blazers went on a 14-2 spurt, taking a 25-14 advantage on a driving layup by Smith with 4:27 remaining in the period.

Los Angeles closed the deficit to six points midway through the second quarter but the Blazers scored six straight points to gain a 46-34 lead with 5:12 left. Their advantage never dipped below double digits thereafter.

"We were very aggressive to start the game," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We got a little complacent in the second quarter, not as much intensity, and the Clippers came back. I put our starters back in and they played hard and got the lead."

Damon Stoudamire scored 10 points and Detlef Schrempf and Stacey Augmon came off the bench to collect eight apiece for Portland, which shot 64 percent (48-for-75) from the field and outscored the Clippers, 62-48, in points in the paint.

Odom had 15 points, Keith Closs tied a season-high with 14 and Olowokandi finished with 10 and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which shot 45 percent (41-for-91) and were outrebounded by a 40-28 margin.

"I learned a lot," Odom said about his first season in the NBA. "It was an up-and-down season. It was great to be here. Great to be in the NBA. I wished we could have played better."

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