Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Tuesday, December 17th
Trail Blazers102
Game 2: Friday, January 24th
Trail Blazers97Final

Trail Blazers 97

(26-15, 14-9 away)

Hornets 96

(23-21, 15-7 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, January 24, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    POR 23 26 22 17 997
    NO 18 26 24 20 896

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Anderson 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    NO: D. Wesley 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sabonis scores five of Blazers' nine in OT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks followed his instincts when he left reserve center Arvydas Sabonis on the floor for overtime.


    Sabonis responded with five of Portland's nine points in the extra period as the Trail Blazers held off the New Orleans Hornets 97-96 Friday night.

    "I think Sabas pretty much carried us during the early part of that overtime because he scored a basket and he got fouls,'' Cheeks said of Sabonis. "Like I always say, sometimes it's going with a gut feeling about who to put in the game and who not to put in the game. I just inserted Sabas for Ruben (Patterson) at the last second. Why? I don't know. I just put him in there.''

    Sabonis only had five points in regulation, while Patterson had six.

    Sabonis got his first overtime basket after rebounding a miss by Wells and then another miss by himself. The rest of his points came at the foul line.

    P.J. Brown's 12-foot jumper at the buzzer rimmed out, giving the Trail Blazers their second straight overtime victory. They won in double overtime at Atlanta on Wednesday night.

    Brown said David Wesley, who led the Hornets with 28 points and had banked in a leaner to force overtime, was supposed to get the final shot.

    "It just happened that the play was kind of chaotic, (Robert) Pack ended up with the ball and kicked it out to me,'' Brown said. "I was just trying to get it up to the rim as soon as possible.''

    Derek Anderson scored 27 points -- 25 in the first three quarters -- for Portland. Bonzi Wells added 16, including a left-handed scoop and a jumper in overtime as part of a 9-2 Portland run. Zach Randolph, filling in for the suspended Rasheed Wallace, scored 15.

    Portland, which snapped New Orleans' three-game winning streak, has won three straight and 16 of 20.

    "Our confidence is extremely high, we've got a real good feeling about playing on the road,'' said Cheeks, whose club has won 14 road games. Only Dallas has more road victories at 15.

    Brown finished with 18 for New Orleans, Jamal Magloire 13 and George Lynch 11 off the bench.

    With their top two scorers -- Jamal Mashburn (right hamstring) and Baron Davis (left knee) -- leaving with injuries in the third period, New Orleans rallied to take several slim fourth-quarter leads.

    "You think it's a breather when those two talented guys go out, but the other guys played extremely hard,'' Cheeks said.

    Lynch had a 3-pointer, another long jump shot and a layup, while one of Wesley's three 3s came in the fourth quarter.

    Davis had 10 points, including two 3-pointers, and seven assists before leaving with 4:30 left in the third, while Mashburn had four points when he left with 7:44 left in the period. Davis was expected to have an MRI on Saturday, while Mashburn was day-to-day, team officials said.

    Portland appeared to have the game in hand by forcing a shot clock violation to get the ball back with an 87-86 lead and 11.2 seconds left.

    The Hornets fouled Wells on the ensuing inbound pass with 8.6 seconds left, and Wells missed his second foul shot, allowing New Orleans to get the ball down only 88-86.

    After Wesley's game-tying shot, Scottie Pippen threw up an off-balance floater that rolled slowly off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

    Portland pushed a 49-44 halftime lead to 59-48 after a 10-0 third-quarter run that ended with Wells hitting a jumper from the right wing. Then, Magloire sparked a 10-1 Hornets run by hitting a soaring one-hander as he was fouled. But after New Orleans pulled within 60-58 on Brown's jumper, Anderson closed out the quarter with three 3-pointers to put Portland up 71-68 heading into the fourth.

    "I guess (Anderson) felt like being aggressive tonight,'' Cheeks said. "He was taking more jump shots, but he also was aggressive going to the rim. I think that was the key to his game.''

    Game notes

    Barring a meeting of the Hornets and Blazers in the NBA Finals, New Orleans fans missed out on their only chance of the season to see Wallace, Portland's leading scorer, who was serving the fourth of a seven-game suspension for threatening an official. ... Antonio Daniels went out with a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter. He had five points off the bench. ... Portland is 11-4 against the Eastern Conference, while New Orleans is 9-10 against the Western Conference.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 96
    FGM-FGA 35-91 (.385) 34-75 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 23-26 (.885)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-44 5-42
    Assists 23 26
    Turnovers 10 16
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 1 8
    Fast Break Points 5 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Derek Anderson Anderson
    Points: 27
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    David Wesley Wesley
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0