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Wallace, Patterson have season highs for Blazers

12/16/2001

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rasheed Wallace claims, in his own
succinct way, that one player can't carry a team. When he plays his
best, however, the Portland Trail Blazers have been unbeatable.

Wallace scored a season-high 37 points and led a third-quarter
3-point barrage as the Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 117-106
Saturday night.

"Just taking what they was giving me, man -- nothing more,
nothing less," Wallace said. "It's just a team effort. One man
can't win this game."

The numbers beg to differ. When Wallace scores at least 23
points, the Blazers are 9-0. When he fails to reach that mark, the
team is 2-11.

"I made a point to tell him at halftime, `You don't have enough
shots and enough points,"' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said of
Wallace, who had 18 points entering his 17-point third quarter. "I
wanted him to think aggressive and keep shooting the ball."

Wallace hit seven of his eight shots and all three 3-pointers in
the third quarter to win a sharpshooting duel with Orlando's Tracy
McGrady.

"Rasheed Wallace was unbelievable tonight," said teammate
Ruben Patterson, who added a season-high 24 points. "He is the
leader, he is the franchise player on this team, and if things
ain't going well for him, things ain't going well for us. And
tonight, he was just on fire."

McGrady had another terrific game, scoring 36 points and making
5-of-7 3-pointers. He also had a season-high nine assists and seven
rebounds. McGrady has averaged 36 points over his last six games.

McGrady was guarded well by Patterson in the first half, but he
made 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the third. He caught Patterson
flat-footed on one shot, helping the Magic cut a 16-point
first-half deficit down to 68-64 with 4:34 left in the third.
Another 3 from McGrady made it 70-67.

"We did a good job on him," Portland's Steve Kerr said. "I'd
hate to see what would happen if we didn't do a good job on him."

Wallace responded with another 3-pointer, however, and finished
the period with a turnaround jumper to push the lead to eight.

"Every time we made a run, they made a big shot to hold us
off," McGrady said.

The Magic got within 98-96 on a turnaround by Mike Miller with
3:47 left in the game, but Kerr responded with a short jumper and
Patterson sank a 3-pointer. Derek Anderson's 3 sealed it at 107-97
with 1:23 left.

Portland entered the game ranked 25th in 3-point shooting but
made 10-of-15 from long range, including 6-of-8 in the third
period. Orlando was 10-of-19 overall.

"They're a good shooting team, but 10-for-15 behind the 3, we
didn't see that coming, and I don't know if they did, either,"
said Orlando coach Doc Rivers."

Wallace also had a season-high 13 rebounds. Damon Stoudamire
added 18 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who were coming off
bad losses at Dallas and Utah. Anderson had 18 points.

Miller had 18 points on 5-of-14 shooting, and Troy Hudson added
15 points for the Magic, who conclude a six-game road trip against
Seattle on Sunday night.

The Blazers were without Bonzi Wells for a second straight game
with soreness in his left knee, the same knee he had operated on
over the summer. Scottie Pippen, who missed a third straight game
with a sore right knee, flew east to receive his college degree
from Central Arkansas.

Game notes
The Blazers shot a season-high 56 percent. ... Orlando is
0-13 when getting fewer assists than its opponent; the Magic had 27
compared with Portland's 32. ... Stoudamire is averaging 11 assists
a game in his last five. ... The Blazers placed center Chris Dudley
on the injured list and activated rookie Ruben Boumtje Boumtje.