Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/27

Game 1: Wednesday, February 27th
Trail Blazers105Final
Game 2: Saturday, March 16th
Trail Blazers95

Wizards 80

(30-36, 13-20 away)

Trail Blazers 95

(40-25, 25-9 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2002

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 21 30 11 1880
    POR 22 26 29 1895

    Top Performers

    WSH: C. Whitney 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Por: S. Kemp 21 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Kemp gets 21 points, 14 boards vs. reeling Wizards

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- For one night at least, Shawn Kemp proved his often-repeated argument: Given enough time, he can show more than just a glimpse of the old "Reign Man."

    Shawn Kemp

    Kemp, making his first start of the season, had season highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Washington Wizards 95-80 Saturday night.

    "When you have that opportunity to start, you try to make the most of it," Kemp said. "You try not to do too much. You just try to go out there and have fun, and that's what I did tonight."

    Kemp, who shot 8-for-15 in a season-high 43 minutes, started at center in place of Dale Davis, who began serving a two-game suspension for throwing a punch at Shawn Bradley in Portland's win over Dallas on Thursday night.

    "All year, we always said if he got the minutes, he could be a 20-10 guy every night," said Portland's Bonzi Wells. "With Dale suspended, we weren't really worried, because we knew what type of (effort) Kemp was going to bring to the game."

    Rasheed Wallace added 25 points, Wells 22 and Scottie Pippen tied his career high with 15 assists for the Blazers, who shot 80 percent in the third quarter to pull away.

    Chris Whitney had 15 points and seven assists to lead the Wizards, who fell to 3-8 since Michael Jordan had surgery on his right knee Feb. 27. Washington dropped 2 games behind Charlotte for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    "Coming into Portland, it's tough to beat a team this good if you don't take care of the ball," said guard Courtney Alexander. "We can compete with anybody, and we have to bring it every night to prove we are a playoff-caliber team."

    With the victory, Portland pulled into a tie with Minnesota for fifth place in the Western Conference.

    Portland trailed early in the third quarter but took control with a 19-4 run. Wallace sank a 3-pointer over Kwame Brown, then Pippen threw a long lob to Wallace for a dunk to put the Blazers ahead 71-60.

    Wallace made an acrobatic one-handed slam on another lob from Pippen, then Damon Stoudamire made a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in the period to push the lead to 77-62.

    Kemp didn't practice on Friday because he was still groggy from sustaining a mild concussion against the Mavericks. He needed four stitches to close a cut after he banged heads with teammate Chris Dudley. Cheeks chose Kemp over Dudley, who had only a bump on his head.

    "Usually when I come to the gym, I don't really realize how many minutes I'm going to play, or what the opportunity is going to be. It's not always the most comfortable feeling, but it's a role that I have to accept," Kemp said.

    Although Kemp made plenty of mistakes, this was easily the best he's looked in the six games since returning from a five-game league suspension for violating terms of his substance abuse aftercare program.

    Kemp started just three games last season, which was cut short when he took a leave of absence to enter a rehabilitation program for cocaine abuse. Kemp missed the last eight games, and he was working to get himself in better shape this season before his five-game suspension.

    "He's not playing as well as he was a few weeks ago, but given the fact that he's out there on the court, now he can get his rhythm and timing back," Pippen said.

    The Blazers made a concerted effort to get Kemp involved early, with mixed results. He lost the ball a few times and let Jahidi White go around him for two easy baskets, but Kemp had 10 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter.

    Game notes

    Portland has won seven straight over the Wizards. ... The Blazers have won eight straight at home and 16 of 18 since starting out 9-7 at the Rose Garden. ... In the 11 games since Jordan had his operation, Alexander has averaged 17.1 points. He averaged just 5.3 in his previous 29 games. ... The Wizards' Tyronn Lue scored just three points, one night after getting a career-high 26 in a victory at Seattle.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 95
    FGM-FGA 29-66 (.439) 39-72 (.542)
    3PM-3PA 3-5 (.600) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 13-21 (.619)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-24 11-33
    Assists 17 28
    Turnovers 24 22
    Steals 11 14
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Chris Whitney Whitney
    Points: 15
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Shawn Kemp Kemp
    Points: 21
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2