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Blazers like it when Wallace looks to score

1/16/2003

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.''