Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/22

Game 1: Wednesday, January 22nd
Trail Blazers112Final
Game 2: Tuesday, February 25th
Trail Blazers89

Hawks 86

(21-36, 5-24 away)

Trail Blazers 89

(36-20, 18-9 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 25, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 17 23 22 2486
    POR 29 19 18 2389

    Top Performers

    Atl: S. Abdur-Rahim 15 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Por: R. Wallace 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Blazers not pleased with their play, but take win

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- After fourth-quarter trouble in the past two games, the Portland Trail Blazers managed to fend off the Atlanta Hawks -- barely.

    Rasheed Wallace

    The Hawks came within two points with less than a minute to go, but the Blazers hung on for an 89-66 win Tuesday night.

    Rasheed Wallace had 24 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which narrowly avoided just its second three-game losing streak this season.

    "We obviously need to get better at the end of games,'' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I think we can get better in every area, but we really need to do better in execution down the stretch.''

    The Hawks have lost seven of their last nine and are just 5-24 this season on the road. Glenn Robinson led them with 24 points.

    Atlanta closed to within 86-83 with 59.3 seconds left. Theo Ratliff, fouled by Zach Randolph, missed his first free throw, but made his second to put it at 86-84.

    After Wallace was fouled with 10.7 seconds left and made one of two shots, Scottie Pippen made a pair of free throws with 3.8 seconds to go for the final margin.

    "We put ourselves in a position to win,'' Robinson said. "So we've just got to learn how to convert those.''

    The Hawks tied it at 66 early in the fourth quarter on Jason Terry's driving dunk. But Pippen scored quickly, then fed the ball to Wallace for a layup as the Blazers moved back in front.

    "I think we're all happy we won the game,'' Pippen said. "We're not particularly happy with the way we played.''

    Portland center Dale Davis missed the game because of an upper respiratory infection. Arvydas Sabonis started in his place and earned a hearty round of applause after putting in 10 minutes in the first quarter.

    The 7-foot-3 Lithuanian took last season off to spend time with his family and has been used judiciously this season by coach Maurice Cheeks.

    Davis, averaging 7.4 points and 7.5 rebounds, also was expected to miss Wednesday night's game in Denver.

    The Blazers jumped to an early 21-9 lead on Sabonis' reverse layup and foul shot and the Hawks spent the rest of the first half trying to catch up.

    Atlanta narrowed the margin to 37-32 in the first half, but Portland wouldn't let the Hawks get any closer and led 48-40 at the half.

    The Hawks narrowed it to 58-56 in the third quarter on Robinson's 3-pointer and follow-up fast-break layup.

    The Blazers struggled with their shooting in the half and Pippen, who had success controlling Terry, was handed his fourth foul.

    Portland was coming off a pair of tough losses to the Bucks and the Lakers. Portland led Milwaukee on Saturday until the final 1:44 for a 93-90 loss, while the Lakers outscored the Blazers 12-4 over the final 3:24 to win 92-84.

    "We're all a little disturbed we're not playing as well as we played before the All-Star break,'' Pippen said.

    Game notes

    The last time these teams met, it was a hard-fought 112-110 double-overtime victory for Portland at Philips Arena on Jan. 22. ... Atlanta's Nzar Mohammed, the team's second-leading scorer off the bench, was questionable with a right foot injury, but played. ... Pippen needs 35 steals to pass coach Cheeks for third on the NBA's career list with 2,310. ... Davis was not the only Blazer who wasn't feeling well. Randolph also said he was ailing.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 89
    FGM-FGA 34-71 (.479) 36-79 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 2-11 (.182)
    FTM-FTA 12-19 (.632) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 13-39
    Assists 26 25
    Turnovers 19 16
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 7 2
    Fast Break Points 5 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 15
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 24
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0