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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 27 30 24 23 104 CHICAGO 23 21 25 31 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - GREG ANTHONY 20, RASHEED WALLACE 18, DALE DAVIS 16 CHI - RON MERCER 39, ELTON BRAND 29, BRAD MILLER 8

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 12, RASHEED WALLACE 10 CHI - ELTON BRAND 8, RON MERCER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - STACEY AUGMON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 CHI - RON MERCER 7, FRED HOIBERG 7

ATT: 21,467


Extended Box

PORTLAND (104) AT CHICAGO (100)

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

AUGMON F 36 3-6 7-9 0 1 1 7 2 0 1 13 WALLACE F 44 6-12 6-6 1 9 10 3 3 1 3 18 DAVIS C 38 8-13 0-2 3 9 12 1 3 0 2 16 STOUDAMIRE G 24 2-10 5-5 1 1 2 5 3 4 4 9 WELLS G 28 4-7 2-2 2 1 3 5 5 1 4 10 SMITH 33 4-6 6-7 0 2 2 4 3 1 3 14 KEMP 13 1-3 2-2 1 3 4 2 5 1 3 4 ANTHONY 24 6-11 3-4 1 2 3 1 2 1 3 20 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PIPPEN DNP - TENDINITIS RIGHT ELBOW SABONIS DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 34-68 31-37 9 28 37 28 26 9 23 104 (.500) (.838) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

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

BRAND F 45 11-23 7-8 4 4 8 6 2 1 3 29 HOIBERG F 28 1-4 1-1 0 2 2 7 5 1 1 3 MILLER C 21 3-4 2-2 1 1 2 2 4 0 1 8 DREW G 24 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 2 MERCER G 48 16-25 5-5 2 5 7 7 1 5 4 39 C BENJAMIN 21 2-7 1-2 2 3 5 4 3 1 2 5 FIZER 21 2-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 6 EL AMIN 17 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 5 3 1 0 3 CRAWFORD 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 3 TARLAC 10 0-1 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 ARTEST DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-78 21-24 11 21 32 37 25 10 16 100 (.487) (.875) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

PORTLAND 27 30 24 23 - 104 CHICAGO 23 21 25 31 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - DAVIS 2, WALLACE, AUGMON. CHICAGO - BRAND 2, CRAWFORD 2, TARLAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 5-11 (.455), WALLACE 0-3, SMITH 0-1, ANTHONY 5-7. CHICAGO 3-8 (.375), HOIBERG 0-3, MERCER 2-2, C BENJAMIN 0-2, CRAWFORD 1-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - STOUDAMIRE, WELLS, CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, RON OLESIAK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 21,467. T - 2:19.


Box Score

PORTLAND (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 36 3-6 7-9 0-1 7 2 13 Wallace 44 6-12 6-6 1-10 3 3 18 Davis 38 8-13 0-2 3-12 1 3 16 Stoudamire 24 2-10 5-5 1-2 5 3 9 Wells 28 4-7 2-2 2-3 5 5 10 Smith 33 4-6 6-7 0-2 4 3 14 Kemp 13 1-3 2-2 1-4 2 5 4 Anthony 24 6-11 3-4 1-3 1 2 20 Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision Pippen DNP - tendinitis right elbow Sabonis DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-68 31-37 9-37 28 26 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.838. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Wallace 0-3, Smith 0-1, Anthony 5-7). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Davis 2, Wallace, Augmon). Turnovers: 23 (Stoudamire 4, Wells 4, Anthony 3, Kemp 3, Smith 3, Wallace 3, Davis 2, Augmon). Steals: 9 (Stoudamire 4, Anthony, Kemp, Smith, Wallace, Wells).

CHICAGO (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 45 11-23 7-8 4-8 6 2 29 Hoiberg 28 1-4 1-1 0-2 7 5 3 Miller 21 3-4 2-2 1-2 2 4 8 Drew 24 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 Mercer 48 16-25 5-5 2-7 7 1 39 C Benjamin 21 2-7 1-2 2-5 4 3 5 Fizer 21 2-6 2-2 1-3 1 4 6 El Amin 17 1-3 1-2 0-1 5 3 3 Crawford 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 1 3 Tarlac 10 0-1 2-2 1-3 0 0 2 Artest DNP - right knee tendinitis Bagaric DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 21-24 11-32 37 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Hoiberg 0-3, Mercer 2-2, C Benjamin 0-2, Crawford 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Brand 2, Crawford 2, Tarlac). Turnovers: 16 (Mercer 4, Brand 3, Drew 3, C Benjamin 2, Crawford, Hoiberg, Miller, Tarlac). Steals: 10 (Mercer 5, Brand, C Benjamin, Crawford, El Amin, Hoiberg). ____________________________________________ Portland 27 30 24 23 - 104 Chicago 23 21 25 31 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Stoudamire, 4:06 3rd; Wells, 5:35 4th). Chicago 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:09 3rd, 8:41 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,467. T: 2:19. Officials: Ed F Rush, Ron Olesiak, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls and Greg Anthony's clutch shooting were the perfect remedy for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Anthony scored 10 of his season-high 20 points off the bench in the fourth quarter as the Trail Blazers rebounded from the worst offensive output in franchise history with a 104-100 victory over the Bulls.

Rasheed Wallace had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dale Davis added 16 and 12 for Portland, which shot 50 percent (34-of-68) and placed six players in double figures.

The Trail Blazers shot 28 percent (21-of-75) from the field and were held to a franchise-low point total in Monday's embarrassing 84-58 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony made just 3-of-10 shots in Monday's loss and missed all three of his attempts in the first half.

Ron Mercer scored a career-high 39 points and Elton Brand added 29 for Chicago, which shot 49 percent (38-of-78) but suffered its ninth straight loss. The nine-game skid is the second of the season for Chicago and ties Washington and New Jersey for the longest in the league.

"We were right there with 30 seconds to go and Greg Anthony hit some big shots," Brand said. "We did not get that last steal and that really hurt us. We really thought we had a shot tonight. We played defense well. We can take a moral victory, but we really wanted to win a game."

Mercer connected on 16-of-25 shots and also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists in 48 minutes. The Bulls have eclipsed 100 points in three straight games after reaching the century mark in just three of their first 38 contests. But Chicago has let its opponents shoot 54 percent (124-of-230) in its last three.

Steve Smith contributed 14 points in 33 minutes off the bench as Portland avoided its first three-game losing streak since last March 6-9. Bonzi Wells and Damon Stoudamire, the Blazers' starting guards, shot a combined 6-of-17 and committed eight of the team's 23 turnovers.

"We were lucky to escape this one," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "The way we finished this one off was good. Too many turnovers and missed opportunities, but our guys made big shots down the stretch."

Mercer scored six points in a 12-3 run that tied it, 89-89, with 4:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Stacey Augmon, who had 13 points, made 1-of-2 free throws to put Portland ahead for good with 4:01 to play. Augmon then sank a pair from the line 36 seconds later to make it 92-82 and Anthony followed with a 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining.

"You have to guve them credit. I thought they played extremely hard," Anthony said. "We played good defense on Mercer, he hit incredible shots. It felt good because it's hard to get a rhythm when you start off slow. I just wanted to stay with it and stay aggressive. This is one of my favorite shooting gyms."

The Bulls missed five straight shots before Brand hit a 12-footer to cut the deficit to 95-91 with 2:01 left. Again, Anthony answered with a 3-pointer.

Chicago closed to 101-97 on Corey Benjamin's 3-pointer with 19 seconds left but Augmon made two free throws one second later. Mercer nailed a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to go but Smith made 1-of-2 from the line with six seconds left for the final margin.

"We let them back into the game too often," Smith said. "Greg shot well and looks like he got his shot back. He's a veteran and knows how to get out of a slump. We just had to forget about last night and come out and play our game."

Portland outscored Chicago in the paint, 28-12, in the first half and took a 57-44 advantage into the break.

The Blazers' biggest lead was 64-48 on a dunk by Wallace with 9:12 left in the third quarter. Chicago used a 12-1 run to trim the deficit to 69-64 when Fred Hoiberg made a free throw with just over four minutes to go. Portland closed with a 9-2 spurt as Anthony hit a 3-pointer and eight-footer.

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