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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 23 15 24 22 84 PORTLAND 13 14 28 24 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - SHAWN MARION 26, JASON KIDD 21, TONY DELK 14 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 29, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 14, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 9

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 13, JASON KIDD 8 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 11, ARVYDAS SABONIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - MARIO ELIE 5, CLIFF ROBINSON 4 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7

ATT: 19,980


Extended Box

PHOENIX (84) AT PORTLAND (79)

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

MARION F 39 10-18 6-8 2 11 13 0 2 3 2 26 ROBINSON F 22 0-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 0 0 TSAKALIDIS C 29 4-9 1-2 3 4 7 1 3 0 2 9 ELIE G 36 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 5 3 1 1 0 KIDD G 43 7-13 6-6 1 7 8 3 2 2 4 21 GUGLIOTTA 30 4-13 0-0 5 2 7 3 3 1 1 8 ROGERS 21 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 4 T DELK 15 5-7 4-6 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 14 V DEL NEGRO 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 17-22 14 31 45 19 22 8 13 84 (.413) (.773) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 35 3-8 3-3 0 1 1 8 3 4 2 9 WALLACE F 41 12-20 4-7 3 8 11 2 3 1 3 29 SABONIS C 19 2-7 1-2 2 6 8 1 2 0 2 5 STOUDAMIRE G 38 4-9 3-4 2 3 5 7 5 0 3 14 WELLS G 33 4-12 0-0 3 4 7 2 3 2 3 8 DAVIS 23 2-6 0-2 2 5 7 2 0 1 0 4 STRICKLAND 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 SMITH 22 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 6 KEMP 3 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 SCHREMPF 16 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 2 AUGMON DNP - PERSONAL REASONS BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 11-18 14 29 43 26 23 9 17 79 (.419) (.611) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

PHOENIX 23 15 24 22 - 84 PORTLAND 13 14 28 24 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - NONE. PORTLAND - WALLACE 4, DAVIS, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 1-10 (.100), ROBINSON 0-3, ELIE 0-2, KIDD 1-4, ROGERS 0-1. PORTLAND 6-15 (.400), PIPPEN 0-2, WALLACE 1-4, STOUDAMIRE 3-3, WELLS 0-1, SMITH 2-4, SCHREMPF 0-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, PIPPEN. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,980. T - 2:11.


Box Score

PHOENIX (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 39 10-18 6-8 2-13 0 2 26 Robinson 22 0-9 0-0 0-2 4 3 0 Tsakalidis 29 4-9 1-2 3-7 1 3 9 Elie 36 0-3 0-0 1-2 5 3 0 Kidd 43 7-13 6-6 1-8 3 2 21 Gugliotta 30 4-13 0-0 5-7 3 3 8 Rogers 21 2-5 0-0 2-4 1 1 4 T Delk 15 5-7 4-6 0-1 1 4 14 V Del Negro 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 17-22 14-45 19 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Robinson 0-3, Elie 0-2, Kidd 1-4, Rogers 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Kidd 4, Marion 2, Rogers 2, Tsakalidis 2, Elie, Gugliotta, T Delk). Steals: 8 (Marion 3, Kidd 2, Elie, Gugliotta, Robinson).

PORTLAND (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 35 3-8 3-3 0-1 8 3 9 Wallace 41 12-20 4-7 3-11 2 3 29 Sabonis 19 2-7 1-2 2-8 1 2 5 Stoudamire 38 4-9 3-4 2-5 7 5 14 Wells 33 4-12 0-0 3-7 2 3 8 Davis 23 2-6 0-2 2-7 2 0 4 Strickland 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Smith 22 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 Kemp 3 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Schrempf 16 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 2 2 Augmon DNP - personal reasons Barkley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 11-18 14-43 26 23 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.611. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Pippen 0-2, Wallace 1-4, Stoudamire 3-3, Wells 0-1, Smith 2-4, Schrempf 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 4, Davis, Sabonis). Turnovers: 17 (Stoudamire 3, Wallace 3, Wells 3, Pippen 2, Sabonis 2, Schrempf 2, Kemp, Smith). Steals: 9 (Pippen 4, Wells 2, Davis, Schrempf, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 23 15 24 22 - 84 Portland 13 14 28 24 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Wallace, 6:35 1st; Head Coach Dunleavy, 10:16 2nd; Pippen, 6:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,980. T: 2:11. Officials: Jack Nies, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Looking at the star-studded roster of the Portland Trail Blazers, it does not seem possible that they could lose five straight games.

The enigmatic Trail Blazers stumbled again, matching their longest losing streak in more than three years with an 84-79 setback to the Phoenix Suns.

With a roster that features former All-Stars Steve Smith, Dale Davis and Shawn Kemp as reserves, the Trail Blazers are regarded as the NBA's deepest and most talented team. But the pieces are not fitting and Portland is plummeting out of contention in the Western Conference.

"Our decision-making has not been very good and that's a key," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "When you're trying to win tight games, you've got to take care of the basketball."

"We just have to shake it somehow," Blazers forward Scott Pippen added. "I think our confidence is fine."

In this one, the Blazers got 29 points from All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace, 14 from Damon Stoudamire and double figures from no one else. After rallying from a 17-point third-quarter deficit, they went without a basket over the final 2:50.

"When you lose games, you tend to get tight," Stoudamire said. "I don't know if it's shaken our confidence. I know we're not the same team that we were in terms of where our confidence level was. It's going to take some time."

"When you lose five in a row, it's pressure that you want to get back on track quicker than another loss," Smith added. "The bottom line for us is get on (the same) page with each other for the last run and for the playoffs coming up."

Ironically, the Blazers have not won since signing point guard Rod Strickland to fortify their backcourt. Strickland has not played poorly, but his arrival has coincided with the team's longest losing streak since it also dropped five in a row from January 5-13, 1998.

Shawn Marion had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who took the season series, 3-1.

"Beating Portland was a big deal for us," Marion said.

As far as Portland's problems, Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said, "Ask Mike that. I don't know. I don't coach that team."

A three-point play by rookie Jake Tsakalidis gave Phoenix its largest lead at 49-32 with 7:49 left in the third quarter before Portland rallied. Stoudamire scored nine points in the period and the Blazers closed to 62-55 entering the final 12 minutes.

Portland kept coming and used a 13-0 run to take the lead. Smith scored six points in the burst, which was capped by a jumper by Wallace for a 75-72 edge with 3:18 remaining.

Jason Kidd made two free throws and a jumper around a basket by Bonzi Wells. Tony Delk made two free throws to give the Suns the lead and -- after a bad pass by Portland's Detlef Schrempf -- went around Wallace for a reverse layup and an 80-77 advantage with 49 seconds to go.

"You know you can't play perfect for every possession, but we executed very well," Delk said. "When you're on the road, you've got to keep your composure."

Wallace hit two free throws with 25 seconds left, but Marion sank two of his own six seconds later. Kidd made a steal and a pair of clinching free throws with 5.9 seconds to play.

Kidd had 21 points and eight rebounds and Delk scored 14 points for the Suns, who shot 41 percent (33-of-80), including 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

"This is moving time for us," Kidd said. "We want to move forward and be in a groove for the playoffs."

Scottie Pippen had nine points and eight assists for Portland, which shot 42 percent (31-of-74), committed 17 turnovers and picked up three more technical fouls.

Marion outscored the Blazers in the first quarter. He had 15 while Portland managed just 13 and fell behind by 10 points. The Blazers trailed 38-27 at halftime, shooting just 31 percent (11-of-35).

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