Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Wednesday, November 21st
Trail Blazers83Final
Kings95
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Trail Blazers74Final
Kings89
Game 3: Tuesday, January 22nd
Kings110Final
Trail Blazers116
Game 4: Monday, March 4th
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Trail Blazers107

Kings 95

(42-17, 13-14 away)

Trail Blazers 107

(36-24, 21-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 4, 2002

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

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    SAC 21 24 24 2695
    POR 31 20 32 24107

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Portland: D. Davis 18 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Portland puts away Kings for 10th win in a row

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The NBA's best team against the league's hottest team was no contest at all.

    Bonzi Wells scored 20 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their season-best winning streak to 10 games with a surprisingly dominant 107-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

    Ruben Patterson

    Portland's Ruben Patterson leaves Sacramento's Vlade Divac behind on this drive.

    Dale Davis had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, 23-5 in their last 28 games and winners of 11 of 12 since the All-Star break. Scottie Pippen added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Portland never trailed after it was 7-6 early in the game.

    "We just have a bunch of guys playing with a lot of energy," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Everyone that steps in the game plays hard, no matter how many minutes they play. I think that's the difference in our playing early on and playing now."

    Peja Stojakovic had 26 points and seven rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its second consecutive game. Chris Webber had 24 points and eight rebounds.

    "We made a run in the fourth, but we couldn't get the loose balls or make the key shots," Webber said. "Pippen was tremendous and made huge plays on both ends of the court. Pip is the most underrated player in the game. If we had him, we'd win the championship."

    The Blazers pulled away at the end of the third period with a 15-5 run that included five points in a nine-second span.

    Damon Stoudamire drove the lane and made a shot high off the glass for two of his 16 points. Pippen then stole the inbounds pass, stepped back into the left corner and hit a 3-pointer.

    "Tonight was one of those games where we needed to make it a statement game," Pippen said. "We can compete with some of the best teams out there."

    Following a timeout by the Kings, Wells stole the ball and went the length of the court for a dunk.

    Portland led 83-69 by the end of the quarter and the Kings never seriously threatened again.

    "I don't know what Maurice did to those guys, but they are a different team," Kings guard Bobby Jackson said. "Pippen was incredible tonight and we didn't defend well enough to get back in the game."

    Rasheed Wallace scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half. Reserve Ruben Patterson scored 12 points for Portland.

    Jackson had 16 points, and Hedo Turkoglu added 11 in reserve roles for the Kings.

    Portland built a 10-point lead in the first quarter despite getting only two points from Wallace, who was voted the Western Conference player of the week earlier Monday.

    "We did not defend them well enough to win the game," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They beat us off the dribble, they hit open outside shots. They took advantage of mistakes we made."

    Led by Stoudamire, who had nine in the quarter, the Blazers went on a 10-2 run midway through the period.

    The Kings' starting five combined to shoot just 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) in the first quarter. The Blazers shot 56.5 percent at the start.

    Sacramento improved its shooting in the second and rallied to close to two points with 1:32 left on a 6-0 run.

    The Blazers welcomed back forward Shawn Kemp, who was cleared to play by the NBA following an indefinite suspension for violating terms of the league's anti-drug agreement. The suspension lasted five games. Kemp also was on an extended leave of absence from the team this season.

    Kemp entered the game with 10:08 left in the first half and received a loud ovation from the near-capacity crowd. He was scoreless in eight minutes.

    "We welcome Shawn back with open arms," Cheeks said. "We just wanted to get him a few minutes in the game because he's been out a while."

    Kemp left without speaking to reporters.

    Game notes


    Portland placed guard Erick Barkley on the injured list with tendinitis in his left knee to make room for Kemp. ... The NBA fined Wells $7,500 for throwing a forearm to the neck of Milwaukee's Darvin Ham on Saturday. ... Kings center Vlade Divac picked up a technical foul with 4:21 left in the first. ... Sacramento is 11-14 when allowing more than 100 points. The Blazers are 20-3 when scoring more than 100.

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