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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 27 26 14 29 96 PORTLAND 22 22 23 19 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 36, KOBE BRYANT 14, ISAIAH RIDER 13 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 26, STEVE SMITH 22, STACEY AUGMON 10

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 11, HORACE GRANT 8 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - RON HARPER 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 POR - STEVE SMITH 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 20,270


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (96) AT PORTLAND (86)

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

FOX F 27 2-6 1-2 0 5 5 5 3 0 0 6 GRANT F 47 2-5 1-2 2 6 8 1 5 0 1 5 ONEAL C 44 14-20 8-16 3 8 11 5 1 1 1 36 HARPER G 27 2-3 1-2 1 4 5 6 2 1 4 6 BRYANT G 35 4-11 6-6 0 2 2 2 4 1 7 14 LUE 11 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 4 SHAW 15 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 3 7 MADSEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GEORGE 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 RIDER 26 6-8 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 2 1 13 FOSTER 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 HORRY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 36-63 19-30 8 31 39 28 18 5 20 96 (.571) (.633) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 20(26 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 7 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 DAVIS F 30 1-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 5 1 0 2 WALLACE C 47 11-17 2-2 3 4 7 2 1 0 3 26 STOUDAMIRE G 29 3-13 1-1 1 0 1 4 3 3 2 7 SMITH G 36 8-18 6-7 1 1 2 5 3 0 1 22 WELLS 26 3-11 1-2 1 2 3 4 2 3 1 7 PERDUE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AUGMON 27 3-8 4-4 2 4 6 1 2 2 0 10 ANTHONY 20 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 5 2 2 8 KEMP 12 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 1 4 HARVEY 4 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-85 14-16 13 19 32 18 28 13 10 86 (.400) (.875) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 27 26 14 29 - 96 PORTLAND 22 22 23 19 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, HARPER 2, FOX, BRYANT. PORTLAND - WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-11 (.455), FOX 1-3, GRANT 0-1, HARPER 1-1, BRYANT 0-1, LUE 0-1, SHAW 1-1, GEORGE 1-2, RIDER 1-1. PORTLAND 4-11 (.364), WALLACE 2-2, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, SMITH 0-4, WELLS 0-1, ANTHONY 2-3. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - RIDER. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, MARK WUNDERLICH, SCOTT WALL. A - 20,270. T - 2:34.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fox 27 2-6 1-2 0-5 5 3 6 Grant 47 2-5 1-2 2-8 1 5 5 Oneal 44 14-20 8-16 3-11 5 1 36 Harper 27 2-3 1-2 1-5 6 2 6 Bryant 35 4-11 6-6 0-2 2 4 14 Lue 11 2-4 0-0 1-1 2 0 4 Shaw 15 2-3 2-2 0-1 3 1 7 Madsen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 George 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Rider 26 6-8 0-0 1-5 3 1 13 Foster 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Horry DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-63 19-30 8-39 28 18 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.571, FT-.633. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Fox 1-3, Grant 0-1, Harper 1-1, Bryant 0-1, Lue 0-1, Shaw 1-1, George 1-2, Rider 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 4, Harper 2, Fox, Bryant). Turnovers: 20 (Bryant 7, Harper 4, Shaw 3, George 2, Grant, Lue, Oneal, Rider). Steals: 5 (Rider 2, Bryant, Harper, Oneal).

PORTLAND (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 7 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Davis 30 1-4 0-0 2-6 1 5 2 Wallace 47 11-17 2-2 3-7 2 1 26 Stoudamire 29 3-13 1-1 1-1 4 3 7 Smith 36 8-18 6-7 1-2 5 3 22 Wells 26 3-11 1-2 1-3 4 2 7 Perdue 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Augmon 27 3-8 4-4 2-6 1 2 10 Anthony 20 3-4 0-0 1-1 1 5 8 Kemp 12 2-9 0-0 0-2 0 4 4 Harvey 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Barkley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 14-16 13-32 18 28 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Wallace 2-2, Stoudamire 0-1, Smith 0-4, Wells 0-1, Anthony 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Wallace). Turnovers: 10 (Wallace 3, Anthony 2, Stoudamire 2, Kemp, Smith, Wells). Steals: 13 (Stoudamire 3, Wells 3, Anthony 2, Augmon 2, Davis, Kemp, Pippen). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 27 26 14 29 - 96 Portland 22 22 23 19 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Rider, 3:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,270. T: 2:34. Officials: Hugh Evans, Mark Wunderlich, Scott Wall.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- It did not take long for Isaiah Rider to become a key character in the NBA's new best rivalry.

Rider led a pair of surges and victimized his former team with 13 points off the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers opened defense of their NBA title with a 96-86 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The league's best teams resumed their rivalry from last season, when the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers in an epic seventh game of the Western Conference finals and went on to win the championship.

Both teams reloaded during the offseason, with Portland adding big men Shawn Kemp and Dale Davis to combat superstar center Shaquille O'Neal and Los Angeles adding Rider and Horace Grant to take the pressure off O'Neal.

The talented but troublesome Rider joined his fourth team. He played with Portland from 1996-99 but was traded to Atlanta prior to last season and was unceremoniously waived -- despite leading the team in scoring -- after repeatedly violating team rules.

"I don't think this is the crossroads, but I think I need to take advantage of this opportunity," Rider said. "Only a dumb man wouldn't take advantage of this. So I want to do the right things. I know Phil (Lakers coach Phil Jackson) is very critical but that's fine. I have to be a man and rise to the occasion."

"J.R. (Rider) is such an impact player but he still looks a little uncomfortable working in our system," Jackson said. "We would like to start him, but it will take a while for him to get comfortable."

Rider said he did not have revenge on his mind.

"I wasn't playing with a vengeance," he said. "I wasn't playing like, `Let's show Portland.' They know what I can do. I led them (in scoring) when I was here two out of three years, so it's no secret what I can do. Just being on a winning team and beating them and knowing how bad they wanted to beat the Lakers is icing on the cake."

"Isaiah came in and played a remarkable game," said O'Neal, who overcame Portland's seemingly endless supply of big men with 36 points and 11 rebounds.

Rider did not start, which he has done his entire career. The 6-5 guard played 26 minutes off the bench, making 6-of-8 shots and sparking bursts in the second and fourth quarters.

"J.R. played a great game," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He definitely was a factor. He took good shots and made smart plays."

The Blazers were within five points when Rider threw in a tough bank shot that made it 80-73 with 5:29 left. After a drive by Portland's Bonzi Wells again cut the deficit to five, Rider hit a 3-pointer over his former teammate and pulled the strap on his jersey, showing Wells his heart, and received a technical foul.

"That's J.R.'s thing," Wells said. "That's what he does. He hit a big shot. He showed me his chest. I pushed him a little bit. He got the T."

Steve Smith hit the free throw to make it 85-78 with 3:28 left but O'Neal made a turnaorund jumper and Rider dunked to give the Lakers their largest lead at 89-78 with 2:07 remaining.

A pair of 3-pointers by Rasheed Wallace made it 91-86 in the final minute, but Kobe Bryant sank two free throws and O'Neal swatted a drive by Smith, his fourth block of the game.

O'Neal made 14-of-20 shots and 8-of-16 foul shots as his erratic free-throw shooting continued. During the conference finals, the Blazers resorted to a heavy dose of "Hack-a-Shaq" as they intentionally fouled the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

Portland did not employ that strategy tonight but perhaps it should have. Davis started at center for the injured Arvydas Sabonis and along with Kemp put up very little resistance. Will Perdue and Antonio Harvey also took unsuccessful turns.

"I'm a smart player," O'Neal said. "I don't have to shoot over two or three guys all the time. I'm going to try to play smart and get my guys the ball and then I get involved and do it myself."

"Shaq asserted himself early and asserted himself late," Kemp said. "You can't say enough about the game he had. I thought he was going to go for 30 in the first half."

Both teams were missing key players. In addition to Sabonis, the Blazers were without forward Scottie Pippen, who sprained his left ankle seven minutes into the game and did not return. The Lakers were missing forward Robert Horry, who had a death in the family.

"Of course, Portland missed Scottie Pippen," Jackson said. "You can't lose the best defensive player in the league without having an effect on your team."

"We missed Sabas in the paint," Dunleavy said. "That's a 7-3 presence and our rotations were really slow but I thought (O'Neal) was a real factor tonight."

Bryant scored 14 points for the Lakers, who shot 57 percent (36-of-63) and held a 39-32 rebounding edge to overcome 20 turnovers that led to 26 points for Portland.

Wallace scored 26 points and Smith added 22 for the Blazers, who shot 40 percent (34-of-85) and committed just 10 turnovers. Kemp and Davis combined for just six points and eight rebounds in 42 minutes.

O'Neal scored 11 points in the first quarter as Los Angeles grabbed a 27-22 lead. The Lakers stumbled in the second period but Rider helped get them back on track with six points. O'Neal added 13 as Los Angeles rebuilt the lead to 53-44 at halftime.

"They were looking me in the first half and I was getting deep and I was taking advantage of the shots," O'Neal said.

A late third-quarter surge gave Portland a 67-67 tie entering the final period. A 3-pointer by Brian Shaw gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 70-69 with 11:24 to play.

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