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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 23 26 17 26 92 DENVER 22 26 26 20 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 17, STEVE SMITH 17, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 14 DEN - ROBERT PACK 26, GEORGE MCCLOUD 20, KEVIN WILLIS 19

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 13, BONZI WELLS 8 DEN - KEVIN WILLIS 18, JAMES POSEY 12

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5 DEN - ROBERT PACK 8, KEVIN WILLIS 4

ATT: 13,755


Extended Box

PORTLAND (92) AT DENVER (94)

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

DAVIS F 32 5-11 2-2 6 7 13 3 2 0 2 12 PIPPEN F 35 6-11 1-1 0 2 2 5 3 1 4 14 SABONIS C 19 5-10 1-2 0 5 5 0 1 1 3 11 STOUDAMIRE G 38 8-13 0-0 1 5 6 7 3 2 3 17 WELLS G 33 4-11 4-6 2 6 8 0 3 0 1 12 SCHREMPF 22 1-5 2-2 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 4 SMITH 29 5-10 6-7 1 3 4 3 3 1 0 17 AUGMON 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 ANTHONY 11 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 KEMP 9 2-5 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 STRICKLAND DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA WALLACE DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 36-81 17-21 11 34 45 22 18 5 17 92 (.444) (.810) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

CHEANEY F 22 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 4 WILLIS F 36 8-25 3-4 10 8 18 4 2 2 4 19 LAFRENTZ C 30 4-11 0-4 2 3 5 3 2 0 1 8 PACK G 43 11-20 1-1 1 5 6 8 3 1 1 26 POSEY G 41 3-7 4-4 2 10 12 2 2 2 2 10 LENARD 20 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 4 MCCLOUD 33 6-13 4-4 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 20 GOLDWIRE 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 BOWEN 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 DAVIS DNP - STRAINED LEFT CALF MCDYESS DNP - LEFT KNEECAP VAN EXEL DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM

TOTALS 240 37-92 12-17 17 31 48 23 17 10 13 94 (.402) (.706) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

PORTLAND 23 26 17 26 - 92 DENVER 22 26 26 20 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - AUGMON 3, DAVIS 2, KEMP 2, SCHREMPF 2, WELLS, SABONIS, SMITH. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, CHEANEY 2, POSEY, WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-13 (.231), PIPPEN 1-2, STOUDAMIRE 1-5, SMITH 1-4, ANTHONY 0-2. DENVER 8-17 (.471), LAFRENTZ 0-1, PACK 3-5, POSEY 0-1, LENARD 0-2, MCCLOUD 4-7, GOLDWIRE 1-1. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - PIPPEN, WELLS 2 (EJECTED), DENVER - WILLIS, PACK, MCCLOUD. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 13,755. T - 2:12.


Box Score

PORTLAND (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Davis 32 5-11 2-2 6-13 3 2 12 Pippen 35 6-11 1-1 0-2 5 3 14 Sabonis 19 5-10 1-2 0-5 0 1 11 Stoudamire 38 8-13 0-0 1-6 7 3 17 Wells 33 4-11 4-6 2-8 0 3 12 Schrempf 22 1-5 2-2 1-3 3 1 4 Smith 29 5-10 6-7 1-4 3 3 17 Augmon 12 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Anthony 11 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Kemp 9 2-5 1-1 0-2 0 0 5 Strickland DNP - suspended by nba Wallace DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 17-21 11-45 22 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Pippen 1-2, Stoudamire 1-5, Smith 1-4, Anthony 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 12 (Augmon 3, Davis 2, Kemp 2, Schrempf 2, Wells, Sabonis, Smith). Turnovers: 17 (Pippen 4, Sabonis 3, Schrempf 3, Stoudamire 3, Davis 2, Augmon, Wells). Steals: 5 (Stoudamire 2, Pippen, Sabonis, Smith).

DENVER (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 22 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 1 4 Willis 36 8-25 3-4 10-18 4 2 19 Lafrentz 30 4-11 0-4 2-5 3 2 8 Pack 43 11-20 1-1 1-6 8 3 26 Posey 41 3-7 4-4 2-12 2 2 10 Lenard 20 2-8 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 Mccloud 33 6-13 4-4 1-2 3 1 20 Goldwire 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Bowen 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Davis DNP - strained left calf Mcdyess DNP - left kneecap Van Exel DNP - suspended by team _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 12-17 17-48 23 17 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Lafrentz 0-1, Pack 3-5, Posey 0-1, Lenard 0-2, Mccloud 4-7, Goldwire 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Lafrentz 3, Cheaney 2, Posey, Willis). Turnovers: 14 (Willis 4, Mccloud 2, Posey 2, Bowen, Cheaney, Lafrentz, Lenard, Pack). Steals: 10 (Cheaney 2, Mccloud 2, Posey 2, Willis 2, Bowen, Pack). ____________________________________________ Portland 23 26 17 26 - 92 Denver 22 26 26 20 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 3 (Pippen, 0:24 3rd; Wells 2 (ejected), 8:46 4th, 0:46 4th). Denver 3 (Willis, 0:24 3rd; Pack, 0:24 3rd; Mccloud, 8:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,755. T: 2:12. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are headed to the playoffs in total disarray.

With Rasheed Wallace and Rod Strickland suspended and Bonzi Wells ejected, the Trail Blazers suffered their ninth loss in 14 games, a 94-92 setback to the shorthanded Denver Nuggets.

Coach Mike Dunleavy returned from watching his son lead Duke to the NCAA title and must have been wondering if his team would ever look as cohesive as the Blue Devils. Despite tremendous talent, Portland's slump has dropped it from first to sixth in the Western Conference.

"I thought we had too many mental mistakes -- careless turnovers, not knowing foul situations," Dunleavy said. "We have to tighten up the mental part of our game and do the things we're accustomed to."

"I can't call it. It's a crazy situation," said guard Damon Stoudamire. "One week you're in first place, next thing you know we're in (sixth). ... The hole is getting bigger every day."

Wallace was suspended by the team for one game after Sunday's outburst that saw him pick up up his NBA-record 39th and 40th technical fouls and seventh ejection of the season.

Strickland was suspended one game by the NBA for Monday's guilty plea to a drunk driving charge in Virginia earlier this season, when he was with the Washington Wizards.

Even without Wallace and Strickland, the Blazers should have had no trouble with the Nuggets, who were missing All-Star forward Antonio McDyess and point guard Nick Van Exel, their two best players.

But Portland allowed former Blazer Robert Pack to run wild and had a late rally slowed by the ejection of the increasingly volatile Wells in the final minute.

"It was probably as satisfying a win as we've had all season, given the guys we had out and against one of the best teams in the Western Conference," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "We know they were shorthanded too with Rasheed and Rod out but it was still a good win for us."

On March 4, the Blazers were atop the West with a 42-18 record and had just signed Strickland for the remainder of the regular season. They have stumbled since and now are just 1 1/2 games ahead of seventh-place Phoenix.

"I didn't contribute as much as I should have," Blazers forward Scottie Pippen said. "We're making a lot of mental errors down the stretch and it's killing us. We have the players to get through this and we will."

"A lot of this is mental," fellow forward Dale Davis said. "We are not going to give up. We just need to keep fighting and get some momentum."

Pack had a season-high 26 points and eight assists. Kevin Willis added 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Nuggets (36-39), who surpassed last season's win total.

Stoudamire and Steve Smith scored 17 points each for Portland, which trailed by 10 points early in the fourth quarter before putting together a late but futile rally.

A layup by James Posey gave Denver an 81-71 lead with 7:53 to go and the Nuggets still held a 91-83 advantage after a jumper by Willis with 57 seconds left.

Shawn Kemp scored and was fouled, but before his free throw, Wells was whistled for his second technical. George McCloud hit the free throw before Kemp made his, leaving it at 92-86. The Blazers forced a five-second violation and Stoudamire drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to three points with 44 seconds to play.

Posey made two free throws but Pippen made a 3-pointer. Pack missed a long shot and Portland called its final timeout with 4.1 seconds remaining. Smith inbounded to Pippen and took a return pass but his 35-footer hit the back rim and bounded away.

"That last shot felt good but it rattled in and out," Smith said.

McCloud scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who shot 40 percent (37-of-92) from the field and held a 48-45 rebounding edge.

Pippen scored 14 points and Davis added 12 and 13 boards for the Blazers, who shot 44 percent (36-of-81) but made just 3-of-13 from the arc and committed 17 turnovers.

McDyess has a left kneecap injury and probably will not play again this season. Neither should Van Exel, who skipped a practice but likely would not have played anyway due to several injuries.

"I think Nick is frustrated with his body and the injuries he has and how it has limited his ability to play," Issel said. "And he just handled it poorly."

Pack scored eight points in the third quarter, including a driving layup that pulled Denver into a 66-66 tie and started a 10-0 run that closed the period.

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