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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 12 25 17 24 78 NEW YORK 31 18 23 19 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - STEVE SMITH 15, RASHEED WALLACE 13, DALE DAVIS 13 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 17, MARCUS CAMBY 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 15, LARRY JOHNSON 12

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - BONZI WELLS 6, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 4 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PORTLAND (78) AT NEW YORK (91)

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

AUGMON F 25 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 4 WALLACE F 32 6-16 1-2 2 11 13 1 3 0 2 13 SABONIS C 22 2-6 1-2 2 4 6 3 1 0 3 5 STOUDAMIRE G 31 1-6 2-3 0 2 2 4 3 1 3 5 WELLS G 36 2-9 2-6 3 1 4 6 5 1 2 6 KEMP 21 2-9 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 0 3 5 SMITH 33 5-11 4-4 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 15 DAVIS 23 3-4 7-10 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 13 ANTHONY 17 4-4 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 12 GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PIPPEN DNP - RIGHT ELBOW TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 27-68 18-29 13 31 44 18 27 4 17 78 (.397) (.621) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17(14 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 41 5-15 1-1 3 9 12 1 3 1 2 11 SPREWELL F 40 4-16 3-4 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 12 CAMBY C 25 5-9 6-7 7 8 15 2 6 1 1 16 HOUSTON G 34 4-13 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 12 WARD G 32 5-10 3-4 0 2 2 5 0 2 0 17 RICE 23 3-6 3-3 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 11 THOMAS 22 2-7 6-6 2 3 5 0 6 0 3 10 CHILDS 16 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 0 LONGLEY 7 0-0 2-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-77 27-31 14 28 42 16 24 8 10 91 (.364) (.871) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

PORTLAND 12 25 17 24 - 78 NEW YORK 31 18 23 19 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - DAVIS, WALLACE, AUGMON. NEW YORK - CAMBY, L JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 6-16 (.375), WALLACE 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 1-3, WELLS 0-2, KEMP 0-1, SMITH 1-5, ANTHONY 4-4. NEW YORK 8-22 (.364), L JOHNSON 0-4, SPREWELL 1-3, HOUSTON 1-5, WARD 4-7, RICE 2-3. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, WELLS, WALLACE, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 19,763. T - 2:29.


Box Score

PORTLAND (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 25 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 3 4 Wallace 32 6-16 1-2 2-13 1 3 13 Sabonis 22 2-6 1-2 2-6 3 1 5 Stoudamire 31 1-6 2-3 0-2 4 3 5 Wells 36 2-9 2-6 3-4 6 5 6 Kemp 21 2-9 1-2 2-6 0 3 5 Smith 33 5-11 4-4 0-2 1 4 15 Davis 23 3-4 7-10 2-3 1 3 13 Anthony 17 4-4 0-0 2-5 2 2 12 Grant DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision Pippen DNP - right elbow tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-68 18-29 13-44 18 27 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.621. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Wallace 0-1, Stoudamire 1-3, Wells 0-2, Kemp 0-1, Smith 1-5, Anthony 4-4). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Davis, Wallace, Augmon). Turnovers: 17 (Kemp 3, Sabonis 3, Stoudamire 3, Wallace 2, Wells 2, Anthony, Augmon, Davis, Smith). Steals: 4 (Davis, Smith, Stoudamire, Wells).

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 41 5-15 1-1 3-12 1 3 11 Sprewell 40 4-16 3-4 0-0 5 2 12 Camby 25 5-9 6-7 7-15 2 6 16 Houston 34 4-13 3-4 0-2 1 3 12 Ward 32 5-10 3-4 0-2 5 0 17 Rice 23 3-6 3-3 0-1 0 2 11 Thomas 22 2-7 6-6 2-5 0 6 10 Childs 16 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 1 0 Longley 7 0-0 2-2 2-2 0 1 2 Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-77 27-31 14-42 16 24 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.364, FT-.871. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (L Johnson 0-4, Sprewell 1-3, Houston 1-5, Ward 4-7, Rice 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Camby, L Johnson). Turnovers: 10 (Thomas 3, L Johnson 2, Camby, Childs, Houston, Longley, Rice). Steals: 8 (Ward 2, Camby, Childs, Houston, L Johnson, Rice, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Portland 12 25 17 24 - 78 New York 31 18 23 19 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 6:33 1st; Wells, 4:23 2nd; Wallace, 10:41 4th). New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 5:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:29. Officials: Ed F Rush, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Marcus Camby and the New York Knicks proved there still are some beasts left in the East.

Camby had 16 points, 15 rebounds and dominated in the first half as the Knicks struck a blow for the Eastern Conference with a convincing 91-78 victory over the Western Conference-leading Portland Trail Blazers.

Playing in what is perceived as the weaker of the NBA's two conferences, several Knicks indicated on Friday they had grown tired of the lack of respect given to the teams in the East. On Saturday, they backed it up with one of their most impressive performances of the season, snapping Portland's season-high 10-game winning streak.

"A lot has been made between the matchup between the East and the West," Knicks guard Allan Houston said. "We are conscious of it. Whether you win or lose these type of games, you do want to come out and make a statement. We want to say that it is not that big gap that people say it is."

Camby had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first half as the Knicks used a 10-0 first-quarter run to take the lead for good en route to a 49-37 halftime advantage.

"I felt the best I felt all year tonight," Camby said. "I was able to get loose balls and just make plays. That's my job, to go out there and make plays and not worry about stats. Hopefully, we can start another streak."

"I thought (Camby) was really good tonight, taking advantage of his strengths," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy added. "That helped us to get off to a really good start. Early foul trouble stopped him from having more success."

The Blazers pulled within 62-52 on Stacey Augmon's layup with just over four minutes left in the third quarter, but the Knicks closed the period with a 10-2 burst. Charlie Ward buried a 3-pointer to cap the run, giving the Knicks a 72-54 cushion entering the final 12 minutes.

Ward scored a season-high 17 points as New York extended its NBA record by allowing fewer than 100 points for the 30th straight game. The Knicks have won eight of their last nine games and three straight meetings with Portland.

"It doesn't matter, West or East," Ward said. "The West is strong, but we just go out and play hard, play good (defense) and play hard as a team. It doesn't matter who we're playing, West or East."

Known as the NBA's deepest team, the Blazers were beaten at their own game as the Knicks had seven players score in double figures and improved to 9-5 against opponents from the West.

"It was disappointing," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We didn't come out and play well. At the start of the game, we let them get us on the offensive boards. We turned the basketball over some and we let them get some easy scoring opportunities."

Rasheed Wallace had 13 points, 13 rebounds and picked up his league-leading 20th technical foul for Portland, which had little trouble disposing of Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia, 93-75, on Wednesday at the First Union Center.

The Blazers had a much tougher evening at Madison Square Garden, going without a basket for better than 7 1/2 minutes after Augmon's third-quarter layup.

Portland had won 17 of its first 20 meetings with teams from the East.

A free throw by Bonzi Wells just over a minute into play snapped a 2-2 tie and gave Portland its final lead. Camby hit a free throw, Houston drilled a 3-pointer, Larry Johnson a 13-footer, Latrell Sprewell connected from 12 feet and Camby made another basket to give New York a 12-3 lead with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

Camby had eight points and eight boards in the opening 12 meetings, helping the Knicks to a commanding 31-12 lead after one quarter. The Blazers went a dismal 5-of-18 from the field in the period.

"Camby, in the first half, killed us on the boards," Dunleavy said. "We didn't do a good job boxing out. Some of the time, we were double-teaming. But some of the time, we went the wrong way and gave them a clear avenue for it."

Without forward Scottie Pippen for a second straight game due to a sore right elbow, the Blazers began to show signs of life in the second quarter.

Sharpshooter Glen Rice, back from an injured foot, scored 11 points in 23 minutes off the bench, knocking down a 3-pointer to give the Knicks a 42-22 lead with 8:24 left in the first half.

"We're going to continue to keep going out and try to convince people we are a team to be reckoned with," Rice said. "We have a great group of guys here. We have great talent. We have guys that are willing to go out there and do what it takes to get us to the next level."

Steve Smith responded with consecutive baskets as the Blazers tried to make a game of it. Damon Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws as Portland pulled within 12 points at halftime.

Houston and Sprewell scored 12 points apiece and Johnson added 11 and 12 rebounds for New York, which shot just 36 percent (28-of-77) but outscored Portland, 27-18, at the line.

"The West is more dominant," Sprewell admitted. "The East plays more half-court basketball, more half-court defense and plays better `D.'"

Smith scored 15 points, Dale Davis 13 and former Knick Greg Anthony added 12 for the Blazers, who had just one of their starters (Wallace) score in double figures. Portland had not lost since a 116-96 setback at Denver on December 22.

"They came out and really played well in the first quarter," Smith said. "We had a decent second quarter, but we were so far down that we just had to battle all game long. They played well."

The Blazers shot just under 40 percent (27-of-68) and held a 44-42 rebounding edge.

"They scrambled, they have a set defense and chemistry-wise, they are together," Smith said of the Knicks' smothering defense.

Having blown a big fourth-quarter lead here on Thursday, the Knicks had some trouble closing out the Blazers.

Anthony made back-to-back 3-pointers to shave the deficit to 79-66 with six minutes to play and hit two more from beyond the arc before Smith's 25-footer got Portland within 85-75 with just under two minutes left.

Smith made two free throws, but the Blazers were unable to get any closer as the Knicks used six free throws from Luc Longley and Rice to improve to 12-7 at home.

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