Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
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Game 2: Thursday, January 9th
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Game 3: Tuesday, February 11th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th
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Trail Blazers 95

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Spurs 76


    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 20 24 25 2695
    SA 10 26 22 1876

    Top Performers

    Portland: R. Wallace 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Wells comes off bench to post 19 Portland points

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- It was not a good start for Rasheed Wallace.

    A little more than two minutes into the game Saturday night against San Antonio, the Portland Trail Blazers' star forward was sitting on the bench with two fouls.

    But Wallace finished strong, scoring 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 2-for-2 on 3-pointers, to help the Trail Blazers to a 95-76 victory over the Spurs.

    It was the first defeat for San Antonio in the new SBC Center.

    Bonzi Wells came off the Portland bench for 19 points to pace all scorers. Scottie Pippen added 15 points and Zach Randolph 14 for the Trail Blazers, who extended an 11-point lead after three quarters to as many as 23 late in the game. Ruben Patterson led all rebounders with 12.

    ''I think we disappointed Maurice (Cheeks, Portland's coach) last night by the way we played,'' said Pippen, referring to the Trail Blazers' 86-75 defeat against Phoenix. ''We had to come out with something different and play for 48 minutes.''

    Portland, shooting 43 percent from the floor in its first five games, made 51 percent of its attempts (38-for-74), while San Antonio managed only 39 percent (27-for-70).

    ''We were a step behind most of the night on defense,'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. ''We didn't communicate with each other very well on offense or defense. We played a poor basketball game, and it ended in a loss.''

    Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 16 points, only one coming in the second half. Stephen Jackson contributed 15 points, and Malik Rose had 11 rebounds and David Robinson 10.

    ''We kept a pretty tight hold on Tim,'' Pippen said, ''and didn't let him catch the ball in his comfort zone, where he can be a major threat.''

    San Antonio dug itself into an early hole by making only one of its first 10 shots, that one a 2-footer by Duncan. The team finished the period with four field goals in 21 attempts, all of them by Duncan (4-for-9).

    Having Wallace on the bench didn't hurt the Trail Blazers, who built their lead to 18-6 on Randolph's layup with 2:59 left in the first.

    The Spurs roared back in the second by making eight of their first 11 shots, while Portland's shooting went cold.

    A tip-in by Robinson at 6:03 tied the score at 27, but the Trail Blazers then rebuilt the margin with a 13-2 run.

    Pippen connected on a 3-pointer for the first of three consecutive three-point bursts in the span of a minute. Dale Davis was fouled making a layup and converted the free throw, and Wallace followed with a 28-footer to put Portland up 38-29 with 3:40 remaining in the half.

    Game notes

    San Antonio's 10 first-quarter points barely averted the team record-low of nine for the period, set in Houston in April 1994. ... The crowd cheered Antonio Daniels, a former Spur traded to Portland in the offseason, when he entered the game late in the first period. ... Daniels finished with eight points, compared with five for Steve Kerr, who came to San Antonio in the same deal. ... Portland had lost three in a row on the road, while the Spurs won their first two games at the SBC Center.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 76
    FGM-FGA 38-74 (.514) 27-70 (.386)
    3PM-3PA 4-7 (.571) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 17-23 (.739)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-40 11-34
    Assists 23 15
    Turnovers 14 19
    Steals 12 7
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 18
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 16
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2