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Wells, Wallace keep red-hot Blazers rolling

12/29/2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers aren't letting anything distract them from playing winning basketball.

Bonzi Wells scored a season-high 32 points and Rasheed Wallace
had 30 as the Trail Blazers won their seventh straight, a 119-113
overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Portland has dealt with its share of off-court problems this
season.

"We put all the adversity behind us, all the stuff that was
written and said,'' Wells said. "Now we're just concentrating on
playing and trusting each other.''

Wells showed no effects from missing the last two games because
of a suspension -- he had 23 first-half points and added seven
rebounds and six assists for the Blazers, who outscored Sacramento
17-11 in overtime.

The win snapped Portland's five-game losing streak at Arco
Arena. The Blazers, who have four straight road games over the next
week, have won seven of their last nine games away from home.

"We're coming together right now,'' Portland coach Maurice
Cheeks said. "Bonzi is playing well and so is Wallace. We've got a
lot of guys playing well. The key is the commitment to the team.''

Mike Bibby had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists for
Sacramento, which was coming off its biggest win of the season --
Christmas Day against the Lakers. Chris Webber had 20 points and 10
rebounds, but missed 16 of 24 shots and had six turnovers.

"Everyone knows they are one of the most talented teams
around,'' Kings coach Rick Adelman said of the Trail Blazers. "It
was just a matter of were they going to put it together? They are
on a roll right now.''

Wallace and Scottie Pippen made 3-pointers in overtime to help
the Blazers take a 114-107 lead. Wells added a long jumper with 32
seconds left, to make it 116-109.

Pippen scored 20 points for Portland, Dale Davis had 13 points
and 14 rebounds, while Derek Anderson added 12 points before
fouling out.

Trailing 101-94 in regulation, Bibby brought the Kings back,
scoring five of the next eight points -- the final two on a steal
and layup -- and putting Sacramento ahead 102-101 with 37 seconds
left.

Wells made one of two free throws with 18 seconds remaining,
tying it 102-102. Peja Stojakovic missed a long 3-pointer in the
closing seconds, sending it into overtime.

Stojakovic scored 19 points, Vlade Divac had 17 and Hedo
Turkoglu added 14 for the Kings, who committed 20 turnovers and
fell to 14-2 at home.

"We'll take a much-needed rest -- I wish I hadn't played this
game,'' Webber said. "We didn't play very well. We couldn't get
our shots to fall and we had too many turnovers.''

Game notes
Former San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker, who was
raised in Sacramento, was courtside with his wife and son Darren,
who gained fame in the World Series as the team's batboy. Wells and
Wallace combined for 38 of Portland's 56 first-half points. The
Blazers were only the third team in 18 games to score 100 or more
points against Sacramento. The Kings made their first 12 free
throws before Webber missed midway through the third quarter.