Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Tuesday, November 12th
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Game 2: Tuesday, November 26th
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Game 3: Wednesday, March 19th
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Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th
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Trail Blazers 81

(48-29, 23-15 away)

Rockets 66


    7:30 PM ET, April 8, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 19 25 15 2281
    HOU 23 18 10 1566

    Top Performers

    Por: B. Wells 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hou: J. Posey 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Houston ties franchise-record low, shoots 29.5 percent

    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers just watched the Houston Rockets self-destruct.

     Damon Stoudamire

    Damon Stoudamire scored 21 points for Portland, and the Rockets tied a franchise low by shooting just 29.5 percent in the Trail Blazers' 81-66 victory Tuesday night.

    "We tried to stay in front of them and make them shoot tough shots," Stoudamire said. "I was playing Steve (Francis) and he's a great scorer. He likes to get to the hole. Tonight, I tried to shut that down and made them shoot from long range and they missed a lot of shots they normally make."

    The point total was a season-low for Houston, and tied the franchise low set Dec. 21, 1996 against Miami.

    The Rockets went without a field goal for 8:29, a span that started late in the third quarter and continued until 8:25 remained in the game. Houston shot just 3-for-24 in the third period.

    "I think our defense did well but our offense was chaotic at times," Houston's Yao Ming said. "It wasn't one person not shooting well. It was everyone. It was contagious. Help me find another excuse."

    Bonzi Wells added 17 points for Portland, and Arvydas Sabonis came off the bench to score 11. James Posey led the Rockets with 15 points, all in the first half.

    Houston was leading 38-32 with 5:12 left in the second quarter when their shooting woes began.

    "We did a good job with our defense," Portland's Dale Davis said. "I thought we stepped up our defense in the third quarter. We forced them to do other things than what they normally do. They have players that can put up big numbers but they didn't do that tonight."

    Francis had 12 points for Houston, and Cuttino Mobley scored just eight. They were a combined 3-for-32 from the field. Yao had six points and 12 rebounds. He shot 1-for-13.

    "We were having 6-, 8-footers that weren't going in," guard Glen Rice said. "Sometimes, the shots just don't fall. It was a domino effect. This will be easy to shake off. We have a tough opponent tomorrow night.

    "I'm sure we'll go up to Utah and the shots that didn't fall tonight will be falling tomorrow night."

    Maurice Taylor started for the Rockets in place of Eddie Griffin, who was charged Monday with marijuana possession before being released on $500 bond. Griffin played 22 minutes and scored seven points.

    Posey had 11 points in the first quarter as Houston took and early lead but Portland went on a 12-2 run over the final 5:12 of the second quarter for their halftime advantage. Wells scored eight points during the spurt.

    "Damon was good tonight," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We played him off the ball tonight and he did some things well. Being off the ball allowed him to do more scoring. He helped us open up a lead."

    Game notes
    Ruben Patterson did not make the trip with Portland. He is recovering from a broken left eye socket after being punched by teammate Zach Randolph during practice. ... Of the six players Portland sent to Houston in 1999 for Scottie Pippen, only Kelvin Cato is still with the team.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 66
    FGM-FGA 32-72 (.444) 26-88 (.295)
    3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 4-18 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 13-15 (.867) 10-11 (.909)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-41 23-46
    Assists 14 9
    Turnovers 12 14
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 3 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 15 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    Bonzi Wells Wells
    Points: 17
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    James Posey Posey
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0