Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Friday, December 6th
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Game 2: Wednesday, February 5th
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Trail Blazers 101

(32-16, 18-10 away)

Heat 87

(17-32, 11-14 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 5, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 21 20 32 28101
    MIA 29 17 25 1687

    Top Performers

    Portland: S. Pippen 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl

    Miami: E. Jones 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Riley: 'It was an absolute officiating tragedy'

    MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Heat coach Pat Riley was furious about free throws after his was awarded only seven foul shots in a 101-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Scottie Pippen

    Scottie Pippen had no problems with the discrepancy at the free-throw line.

    "It was an absolute officiating tragedy," Riley said Wednesday night. "I thought I was at the comedy store watching some kind of comedian out there laughing with the Blazers, and talking to them, and smiling with them. It was so unprofessional.

    "You cannot overcome 32-7," Riley said about the free throw opportunities. "The residual of that is that you go for the home run."

    Earlier this season, Riley publicly derided NBA officiating and was fined $50,000.

    Scottie Pippen, who scored a season-high 26 points, one more than his previous best set the night before, said he was unaware of any special treatment from the referees.

    "What should I say about that?" Pippen said when told about Riley's comments. "I didn't see that. It didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the game."

    As for the foul-shooting disparity, Pippen, who made as many free throws as the entire Heat team, attributed it more to the two teams' styles of play.

    "You aren't going to get free throws if you're standing out there shooting all jumpers," he said. "We were being aggressive, taking the ball to the hole, and we were getting calls. You don't get calls when you play outside."

    After Heat assistant coach Stan Van Gundy was called for technical foul with 49 seconds remaining, referee Derrick Stafford got into a shouting match with Riley on the sideline.

    "It's not about you," Stafford shouted at Riley. "Go on TV crying."

    Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said he was unaware of the number of foul shots for each team, but declined to comment after looking at the statistics.

    Rasheed Wallace had 22 points, 18 in the second half. Wallace also was called for a technical foul early in the third quarter.

    With Wallace yelling at some courtside fans in the fourth quarter, Cheeks called him over for a chat. When Wallace went back into the game, Cheeks told fans to leave his volatile star alone.

    "Let me talk to him, y'all don't say nothing," Cheeks pleaded.

    But after Wallace hit the next shot, Cheeks laughingly said: "Go ahead, keep talking to him!"

    Eddie Jones scored 20 points for the Heat, and reserve Eddie House added a season-high 18.

    The Trail Blazers eliminated a 12-point Heat lead late in the first half, going on 14-2 run to tie the game at 41 with two minutes left. The Heat stayed close for three quarters, but the Trail Blazers pulled away with 28 points in the fourth quarter, while the Heat scored 16.

    The Trail Blazers headed into the All-Star break with a 22-5 record over their last 27 games, the best in the league.

    Game notes
    It was the last game before the All-Star break for both teams. ... Portland's Bonzi Wells limped off the court and into the locker room early in the third quarter after Miami's Brian Grant appeared to step on his foot, but he returned late that same quarter. ... The game was Portland's 13th back-to-back game of the season. The Trail Blazers are 10-4 in the first game, 7-7 in the second game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    MIA
    Points 101 87
    FGM-FGA 34-75 (.453) 37-81 (.457)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 6-19 (.316)
    FTM-FTA 27-32 (.844) 7-7 (1.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 8-36
    Assists 13 16
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 25 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Miami
    Scottie Pippen Pippen
    Points: 26
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4