Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/27

Game 1: Friday, December 27th
Trail Blazers103
Game 2: Wednesday, January 29th
Trail Blazers71Final
Game 3: Wednesday, March 26th
Trail Blazers85Final
Game 4: Thursday, April 3rd
Trail Blazers88

Jazz 98


Trail Blazers 103

(16-11, 9-4 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:30 PM ET, December 27, 2002

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 29 16 22 3198
    POR 24 30 27 22103

    Top Performers

    UTAH: M. Harpring 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    Por: S. Pippen 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Pippen, Woods help Portland to sixth victory in a row

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers extended their season-best winning streak to six games, thanks to outstanding efforts by a cagy veteran and a prized rookie.

    Scottie Pippen

    Scottie Pippen finished with 23 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers.

    Scottie Pippen scored a season-high 23 points, and Qyntel Woods had a career-high 10 first-half points as Portland beat the Utah Jazz 103-98 on Friday night.

    ''It was a lot of fun,'' Pippen said. ''It was still a team effort. I think we're still getting better and figuring each other out. It makes the season a lot more fun than where we started.

    Rasheed Wallace added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who have their longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row last year. Ruben Patterson scored 16 points and Pippen added eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Derek Anderson made up for a poor shooting night with 10 assists.

    ''I really like the way we've been playing, especially the way we seemed to gut it out at the end after Utah made its run,'' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. ''We were able to sustain after that and build some confidence for a really tough road trip ahead.''

    Matt Harpring led the Jazz with 20 points and six rebounds. Karl Malone had 14 points and seven rebounds, and John Stockton had 14 points and eight assists for Utah, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

    ''They beat us all the way around,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. ''They kicked our butts on the boards. We had opportunities to get the ball, but we didn't go after it. If you don't go after the ball you're not going to have a chance to win.''

    Utah trailed by 13 with 8:46 to play, but a 15-2 run tied it at 89-89 just more than five minutes later.

    ''You don't get anything for second place,'' Malone said. ''We've been playing well, so it's disappointing. It's disappointing because you have to go out on the road and win.''

    From there, it was a battle of free throws as each team made just one field goal in the last 3:48. Scott Padgett missed a 3-pointer with about five seconds left that would have tied it. And even though Anderson undercut him, no foul was called.

    ''No, there wasn't any foul, there wasn't one called,'' said Sloan, whose actions after the non-call conflicted with his postgame comments.

    Woods electrified the largest Rose Garden crowd in weeks -- an announced sellout of 20,152 -- with a trio of spectacular above-the-rim lob-dunks. By the end of the first half, the 6-foot-8 swingman already had career highs in points, minutes, steals, field goals and field-goal attempts.

    ''It was real fun,'' Woods said. ''I just went out and did what I was capable of doing. I just go out and try to earn my team's confidence and make them believe in me.''

    Woods finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals on 5-for-8 shooting in 19 minutes.

    ''Qyntel played very well, especially in the first half,'' Cheeks said. ''He ran the floor very well, defended well and gave us a real lift in the second quarter. He's been working very hard in practices and was ready when we called on him.''

    The Blazers played without Bonzi Wells, who served the second of his two-game suspension for fighting with Golden State's Chris Mills after a game Dec. 20, and without forward Zach Randolph, who sat out with a stomach virus.

    Portland used an 11-3 run early in the second quarter to take the lead and an 8-0 run to close the half to build a 54-45 halftime advantage.

    Game notes

    Portland will wear red road uniforms for the first time since the 1984-85 season when the team unveils an alternate third jersey Saturday in Sacramento. The Blazers plan to wear the third jersey seven more times this season, all on the road. ... Portland played just five of its 15 December games at home. ... Utah's Mark Jackson played in his 1,200th career game. ... Portland begins a five game, eight-day road trip Saturday night in Sacramento. ... The Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak to Utah, and improved to 45-17 at home against the Jazz.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 103
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 36-79 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 2-15 (.133)
    FTM-FTA 27-33 (.818) 29-36 (.806)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 16-42
    Assists 28 23
    Turnovers 16 16
    Steals 10 11
    Blocks 3 2
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 27 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Scottie Pippen Pippen
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0