Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Trail Blazers94
Game 2: Wednesday, January 15th
Trail Blazers100
Game 3: Monday, January 20th
Trail Blazers99Final
Game 4: Friday, April 11th
Trail Blazers93Final

Trail Blazers 100

(23-14, 12-5 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 15, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 30 25 19 1892
    POR 29 23 26 22100

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    Por: R. Wallace 38 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Blazers like it when Wallace looks to score

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) --Dale Davis has a suggestion for teammate Rasheed Wallace -- be selfish more often.

    Wallace scored a season-high 38 points as the Portland Trail Blazers erased an early deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-92 Wednesday night.

    "I think the biggest problem is that he's unselfish. He's always looking to help other guys look better,'' Davis said. "He's just the ultimate player. But he's capable on any given night of getting those points.''

    The Trail Blazers, who have won 13 of their last 16, trailed 55-52 at the half but staged a second-half resurgence to lead by as many as 13 points.

    Memphis, coming off a rare road win Monday against Golden State, has lost four of its last five.

    The two teams wrestled with the lead to start the second half, but the Blazers went on a 10-2 run to go up 78-69 late in the third quarter, capped by Wallace's 3-pointer with 2:06 to go.

    "Rasheed had a great game,'' Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown said. "When you shoot 16-for-20, that's a big game, I don't care who you're playing.''

    Memphis is now 12-13 under Brown, credited with giving the team some spark after a miserable start. The Grizzlies started the season 0-8 under coach Sidney Lowe, who resigned.

    Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 19 points, while Shane Battier had 17.

    "We lost because we weren't making shots when we were supposed to make them,'' Gasol said. "They made a couple of 3s that gave them a comfortable lead at the end.''

    The Blazers led 14-9 early, but fell behind when Battier's 17-foot jumper put the Grizzlies ahead 15-14 midway through the first quarter.

    Memphis stretched its lead to as many as eight points before Wallace's 3-pointer from 40 feet brought the Blazers to 30-29.

    The Grizzlies held the lead throughout the first half, although Wallace's jumper with 1:51 left before the half pulled the Trail Blazers within 51-50.

    Dale Davis tied it at 61 for the Blazers with a tip-shot before Wallace put them ahead 63-61 with a 16-foot jumper and Scottie Pippen's assist.

    Wallace returned the favor moments later when he hurled the ball 75 feet down the court to Pippen, whose driving layup put Portland ahead 65-61.

    "Tonight was just one of those nights when he really wanted the ball,'' Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said about Wallace. "Often he prefers to share the wealth and have other teammates do the scoring. But tonight a couple of times he asked for the ball, and some other times we just ran plays for him.''

    Pippen finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Wallace also had 10 rebounds.

    The Blazers were once again without starter Bonzi Wells, who is nursing a sore left foot. Wells, who has missed two games, did participate in warmups and was considered day-to-day.

    The Blazers have won seven of their last eight at home.

    Game notes

    Wallace's previous high for the season was 34 points, set Dec. 4 in a loss to Dallas. ... The Blazers and the Grizzlies split their series 2-2 last season, with each of Portland's losses by three points. The Blazers beat the Grizzlies 94-88 earlier this season at the Rose Garden. ... Gasol's streak of four straight double-doubles was snapped. ... Portland guard Damon Stoudamire, who has complained about his minutes this season and hasn't played in 10 of the team's last 14, came into the game in the fourth quarter. He played 11 minutes and scored five points with three assists. "I call him 'The Specialist' now,'' Pippen said. "He did a great job closing the game out.''

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 100
    FGM-FGA 35-86 (.407) 44-78 (.564)
    3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 17-24 (.708) 8-11 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-39 8-42
    Assists 22 29
    Turnovers 9 13
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 20 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 19
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 38
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2