Regular Season Series (Game 3 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 99

(24-15, 12-9 away)

    4:00 PM ET, January 20, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 24 24 18 3399
    MEM 19 23 25 2087

    Top Performers

    Portland: S. Pippen 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: L. Wright 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Blazers put six in double figures to win on road

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are showing they can win without leading scorer and rebounder Rasheed Wallace.

    Bonzi Wells

    The Trail Blazers, with a quicker lineup, relied on a more balanced scoring attack Monday, putting six players in double figures to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-87.

    Portland played its second game without Wallace, who is serving a seven-game suspension.

    "This trip was supposed to build character for us,'' said guard Antonio Daniels who finished with 10 points off the bench. "This game was definitely a character builder. We were in front of a packed house, this is a young team, and their incredible home winning record, all these things were against us.''

    Bonzi Wells scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Jeff McInnis added 15 points off the bench to lead the Trail Blazers. Scottie Pippen matched Wells' 14 points and added five assists, while Ruben Patterson scored 13 on 6-of-9 from the field.

    The loss was the Grizzlies' sixth in the last seven games, but Memphis' first defeat at home since Dec. 22 against Utah.

    "Ruben turned the game in our favor,'' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Antonio also helped.''

    Lorenzen Wright led Memphis with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jason Williams and Gordan Giricek finished with 15 points each. Brevin Knight had 11 off the Grizzlies bench.

    "It was nothing Portland did. It's what we did,'' Wright said. "If we would have played the way we were supposed to play, there is nothing Portland could have done with us.''

    Portland pulled away as the Grizzlies failed to protect the ball midway through the fourth period. Patterson got a driving layup against the Grizzlies zone, then Daniels, who scored eight points in the fourth, converted two steals for breakaway dunks. Daniels then made a 10-foot baseline jumper as the Trail Blazers built the lead to 86-74 with five minutes left. Portland eventually led by as many as 14.

    "The 11 turnovers in the second half were murder, but we still had a shot,'' Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. "A third of Portland's points came from our turnovers and long rebounds.''

    Wright added: "Everything went haywire in the fourth quarter. Once we started turning the ball over, they were getting easy baskets. They got four easy layups off of turnovers, that hurt us.''

    The Trail Blazers led 48-42 at halftime behind 10 points each from Pippen and Wells. Portland shot 50 percent in the half, including 11-of-16 in the first quarter.

    Wright led Memphis with 10 first-half points.

    Memphis was able to take the lead in the third period after an 11-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Williams.

    Knight converted a 3-point play with just over five seconds left in the third to give Memphis a 67-66 lead entering the final period.

    But Memphis went cold, mishandled the ball and Portland never trailed during the final eight minutes.

    "In the fourth quarter, we completely fell apart,'' Brown said.

    Game notes

    Portland activated Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje prior to the game filling Wallace's spot on the roster. ... The game was the first of four straight road games for the Trail Blazers. ... Memphis C Stromile Swift did not play because of an injured right index finger. ... The Grizzlies recognized several of the leagues' African-American pioneers at halftime, such as Bill Russell, Wayne Embry, Al Attles and Earl Lloyd, the league's first African-American player. The recognition was part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration by the team. ... Only nine teams have scored more than 100 points against Portland.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 87
    FGM-FGA 42-87 (.483) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 1-7 (.143) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 14-16 (.875) 12-16 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 9-35
    Assists 29 24
    Turnovers 15 19
    Steals 13 8
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 11 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Scottie Pippen Pippen
    Points: 14
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Lorenzen Wright Wright
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2