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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 21 25 26 24 96 HOUSTON 22 22 14 27 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 31, RASHEED WALLACE 22, DALE DAVIS 11 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 24, MAURICE TAYLOR 12, CUTTINO MOBLEY 12

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 12, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 7 HOU - KENNY THOMAS 6, CARLOS ROGERS 5

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 6, KENNY THOMAS 3

ATT: 12,648


Box Score

PORTLAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 36 2-8 2-2 2-7 5 3 7 Wallace 29 8-14 4-4 0-5 0 3 22 Davis 40 5-7 1-6 6-12 2 3 11 Smith 35 1-8 2-3 1-2 4 1 4 Stoudamire 37 10-17 10-11 0-1 5 1 31 Kemp 16 4-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 8 Wells 21 4-7 0-0 1-4 5 3 9 Augmon 15 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 4 Anthony 11 0-3 0-0 j j Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - left knee sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 19-26 10-36 22 16 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Pippen 1-3, Wallace 2-2, Smith 0-1, Stoudamire 1-1, Wells 1-2, Anthony 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Davis 3, Stoudamire, Pippen). Turnovers: 11 (Pippen 2, Smith 2, Stoudamire 2, Wells 2, Anthony, Kemp, Wallace). Steals: 12 (Stoudamire 4, Wells 3, Pippen 2, Augmon, Smith, Wallace).

HOUSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 24 5-11 2-4 3-4 1 0 12 Williams 24 2-6 0-1 0-2 1 2 6 Olajuwon 21 4-6 1-1 0-3 2 2 9 Anderson 22 0-6 1-2 1-3 1 4 1 Francis 39 11-15 0-0 0-4 6 6 24 Thomas 27 3-8 0-0 2-6 3 1 7 Mobley 34 4-7 2-2 1-4 1 3 12 Bullard 26 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 3 Norris 9 2-3 2-2 0-2 2 1 7 Rogers 14 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 1 4 Collier DNP - right knee injury Langhi DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-70 8-12 9-35 18 21 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Williams 2-5, Anderson 0-1, Francis 2-2, Thomas 1-2, Mobley 2-3, Bullard 1-3, Norris 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Williams, Anderson, Francis, Thomas, Rogers). Turnovers: 20 (Francis 4, Mobley 3, Norris 3, Thomas 3, Williams 2, Anderson, Bullard, Olajuwon). Steals: 8 (Anderson 2, Francis 2, Bullard, Mobley, Thomas, Williams). ____________________________________________ Portland 21 25 26 24 - 96 Houston 22 22 14 27 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Illegal Defense, 2:01 2nd; Wallace, 1:55 3rd). Houston 1 (, 8:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,648. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Derosa, Kevin Fehr, Dee Kantner.


How They Scored

PORTLAND (96) AT HOUSTON (85)

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

PIPPEN F 36 2-8 2-2 2 5 7 5 3 2 2 7 WALLACE F 29 8-14 4-4 0 5 5 0 3 1 1 22 DAVIS C 40 5-7 1-6 6 6 12 2 3 0 0 11 SMITH G 35 1-8 2-3 1 1 2 4 1 1 2 4 STOUDAMIRE G 37 10-17 10-11 0 1 1 5 1 4 2 31 KEMP 16 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 8 WELLS 21 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 5 3 3 2 9 AUGMON 15 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 4 ANTHONY 11 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - LEFT KNEE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 36-73 19-26 10 26 36 22 16 12 11 96 (.493) (.731) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

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

TAYLOR F 24 5-11 2-4 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 12 WILLIAMS F 24 2-6 0-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 6 OLAJUWON C 21 4-6 1-1 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 9 ANDERSON G 22 0-6 1-2 1 2 3 1 4 2 1 1 FRANCIS G 39 11-15 0-0 0 4 4 6 6 2 4 24 THOMAS 27 3-8 0-0 2 4 6 3 1 1 3 7 MOBLEY 34 4-7 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 1 3 12 BULLARD 26 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 NORRIS 9 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 7 ROGERS 14 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 4 COLLIER DNP - RIGHT KNEE INJURY LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-70 8-12 9 26 35 18 21 8 18 85 (.486) (.667) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(27 PTS)

PORTLAND 21 25 26 24 - 96 HOUSTON 22 22 14 27 - 85

BLj- SHOTS: PORTLAND - DAVIS 3, STOUDAMIRE, PIPPEN. HOUSTON - WILLIAMS, ANDERSON, FRANCIS, THOMAS, ROGERS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 5-11 (.455), PIPPEN 1-3, WALLACE 2-2, SMITH 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 1-1, WELLS 1-2, ANTHONY 0-2. HOUSTON 9-18 (.500), WILLIAMS 2-5, ANDERSON 0-1, FRANCIS 2-2, THOMAS 1-2, MOBLEY 2-3, BULLARD 1-3, NORRIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WALLACE, HOUSTON - . OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, KEVIN FEHR, DEE KANTNER. A - 12,648. T - 2:12.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- On most nights, it is the Portland Trail Blazers' big men that frighten opponents. Tonight it was their littlest man who was the Houston Rockets' nightmare.

Damon Stoudamire scored 15 of the Trail Blazers' final 17 points and dished out the assist that led to the other basket as they held off a rally to pull out a 96-85 victory.

"We ran a lot of plays for him in the fourth," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We cleared things out so he could operate. He did a great job with the pick-and-roll. He was great for us down the stretch."

Stoudamire scored a season-high 31 points, dished out six assists and made four steals. He hit 10-of-17 from the field, 10-of-11 from the line and stole the show down the stretch after the Rockets got back in the game.

Despite the numbers, Stoudamire downplayed his role in the victory, denying any hero's honors.

"That's not really the way it works," he said. "With our team, it's somebody different every night. Tonight I had a good night. I got to the line a lot and that was the key."

"He had a career day," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He made some tough shots and some desperation threes. He drove to the basket and our guys didn't get him."

Rasheed Wallace, perhaps the best of the Blazers' impressive front line, scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter, when the Blazers built their largest lead at 70-52 with 1:57 left.

The Rockets fought back with a 23-6 run, getting within 76-75 on a 3-pointer by Steve Francis with 7:08 to play. But the 5-10 Stoudamire came up too big down the stretch.

He capped a 12-4 charge with a 3-pointer that gave Portland an 88-79 lead with 1:47 left, and hit four free throws and a pair of madcap drives into the lane down the stretch, negating 3-pointers by Walt Williams and Cuttino Mobley.

Francis scored 24 points and dishY zсsix assists for the Rockets before he fouled out with 1:19 left. Mobley and Maurice Taylor scored 12 apiece.

Dale Davis added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, which beat Houston for the second time in 10 days, improved to 7-4 on the road and won for the sixth time in seven games.

The Blazers did a lot of damage in the third quarter, when they forced nine turnovers and capitalized on them for 12 points.

After leading 46-44 at halftime, they opened the third quarter with a 24-8 charge, capped by Wallace's 10-footer that made it 70-52 with 1:58 left in the period.

Wallace scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds in the run, while Stoudamire had three steals and Smith had one.

"In the third quarter, we turned the ball over too much and every time we did, they put the ball in the basket," Francis said. "We've got to find ways to play through stretches like that. It wasn't their defensive scheme -- we just didn't execute our offense in the third quarter."

Francis scored seven points to lead Houston's 17-4 run to open the four. His 3-pointer with 7:08 left had the Rockets within 76-75.

Wallace showed his range, nailing a 3-pointer. After Davis blocked Kenny Thomas' short jumper, Stoudamire hit a pair of free throws to put Portland up 81-75 with 4:49 left.

Thomas brought Houston within four points again with 3:49 to play, but Stoudamire nailed a 20-footer then connected on a 3-pointer and the Blazers led 88-79 with 1:47 to play.

"They made their run like we thought they would, but we kept control of the game," Blazers forward Scottie Pippen said. "Thanks to our defense we held strong."

After Williams cut the lead to six points with a 3-pointer, Stoudamire hit two from the line, and after Mobley nailed another from long range to cut Portland's lead to 90-85, Stoudamire drove into the lane and pulled up in traffic for a short jumper.

The Rockets could not score, and had to foul the Blazers' point guard, who again hit two from the line, making it 94-85 with 39 seconds to go. He capped the night with a finger roll with 6.7 seconds to play.

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