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NBA PORTLAND 73 ORLANDO 87 5:59 LEFT, 4TH QTR 9:45PM ET


PORTLAND (87) AT ORLANDO (102)

PORTLAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

B GRANT F 39 8-16 5-6 6 10 16 1 1 1 1 21 WALLACE F 39 9-16 0-5 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 19 SABONIS C 31 4-6 8-9 1 4 5 1 4 1 2 16 RIDER G 23 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 BRUNSON G 26 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 7 3 2 5 0 AUGMON 28 4-8 2-4 2 3 5 2 2 1 2 10 CROTTY 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 21 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 12 ONEAL 6 0-1 2-4 2 0 2 0 3 0 2 2 CATO 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 G GRANT 15 2-4 1-2 1 3 4 6 3 1 1 5 LISTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 18-30 12 26 38 25 24 9 17 87 (.458) (.600) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(10 PTS)

ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

OUTLAW F 24 3-5 3-5 1 3 4 0 4 1 1 9 GRANT F 37 2-5 0-3 3 4 7 1 3 1 1 4 SCHAYES C 18 6-8 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 14 ANDERSON G 11 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 9 D HARPER G 29 4-10 0-0 0 1 1 10 4 2 1 10 BENOIT 32 6-14 4-4 3 5 8 1 3 0 3 19 STRONG 32 4-8 3-4 4 5 9 0 3 1 2 11 PRICE 25 4-9 0-2 0 4 4 9 1 0 4 9 EDWARDS 5 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 WILKINS 25 4-9 2-4 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 11 OLLIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 LAWSON 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 39-79 16-26 14 29 43 23 23 6 14 102 (.494) (.615) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

PORTLAND 24 18 16 29 - 87 ORLANDO 20 23 28 31 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - SABONIS 2, AUGMON, WILLIAMS. ORLANDO - OUTLAW, GRANT, SCHAYES, STRONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-12 (.250), WALLACE 1-1, SABONIS 0-1, RIDER 0-3, BRUNSON 0-2, WILLIAMS 2-4, G GRANT 0-1. ORLANDO 8-18 (.444), ANDERSON 1-2, D HARPER 2-4, BENOIT 3-6, PRICE 1-4, WILKINS 1-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, ED MIDDLETON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 16,906. T - 2:10.

PORTLAND (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Grant 39 8-16 5-6 6-16 1 1 21 Wallace 39 9-16 0-5 0-4 3 3 19 Sabonis 31 4-6 8-9 1-5 1 4 16 Rider 23 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Brunson 26 0-2 0-0 0-1 7 3 0 Augmon 28 4-8 2-4 2-5 2 2 10 Crotty 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Williams 21 5-11 0-0 0-1 1 2 12 Oneal 6 0-1 2-4 2-2 0 3 2 Cato 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 G Grant 15 2-4 1-2 1-4 6 3 5 Lister DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 18-30 12-38 25 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Wallace 1-1, Sabonis 0-1, Rider 0-3, Brunson 0-2, Williams 2-4, G Grant 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Sabonis 2, Augmon, Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Brunson 5, Augmon 2, Oneal 2, Sabonis 2, B Grant, Cato, Crotty, G Grant, Wallace, Williams). Steals: 9 (Brunson 2, Williams 2, Augmon, B Grant, G Grant, Rider, Sabonis).

ORLANDO (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 24 3-5 3-5 1-4 0 4 9 Grant 37 2-5 0-3 3-7 1 3 4 Schayes 18 6-8 2-2 1-3 1 4 14 Anderson 11 4-8 0-0 1-2 0 1 9 D Harper 29 4-10 0-0 0-1 10 4 10 Benoit 32 6-14 4-4 3-8 1 3 19 Strong 32 4-8 3-4 4-9 0 3 11 Price 25 4-9 0-2 0-4 9 1 9 Edwards 5 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 4 Wilkins 25 4-9 2-4 1-4 0 0 11 Ollie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Lawson 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-79 16-26 14-43 23 23 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Anderson 1-2, D Harper 2-4, Benoit 3-6, Price 1-4, Wilkins 1-2). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 4 (Outlaw, Grant, Schayes, Strong). Turnovers: 16 (Price 4, Benoit 3, Strong 2, D Harper, Grant, Outlaw, Schayes, Wilkins). Steals: 6 (D Harper 2, Edwards, Grant, Outlaw, Strong). ____________________________________________ Portland 24 18 16 29 - 87 Orlando 20 23 28 31 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace, 0:46 2nd; Illegal Defense, 7:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,906. T: 2:10. Officials: Hugh Evans, Ed Middleton, Monty Mccutchen. 10:27PM ET


GAME RECAP

David Benoit scored a season-high 19 points and Danny Schayes added 14 as the Orlando Magic overcame the loss of Nick Anderson to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings, 102-87.

Benoit added eight rebounds and was 3-of-6 from three-point range as Orlando beat Portland for the fifth straight time. The Magic, who won for just the second time in six games, continue to dominate the Trail Blazers at Orlando Arena, where Portland has not won since December 4th, 1991.

"I think it was just a matter of time," said Benoit, who arrived in the trade that sent Rony Seikaly to New Jersey. "I'm finally getting adjusted to what they're doing on offense and defense. So tonight, I just wanted to come in and contribute, with Nick getting hurt the way he did. It was a great, total team effort."

After scoring nine points, Anderson left the game with a strained left hamstring with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He is averaging nearly 25 points per game since the All-Star break.

The victory moved the Magic into a tie with the idle Washington Wizards for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game behind New Jersey for the final playoff berth.

"Everybody stepped up and played really well," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "They were probably energized because they knew we were in trouble. It was a good night, everyone got some work."

Brian Grant had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace added 19 points for Portland, which is in sixth place in the Western Conference. Rick Brunson dished out seven assists for the Blazers.

"By the second half of the game, we just did not play with intelligence," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We let them execute, we had some missed plays on our coverages and they got some momentum on their outside shots. They started making shots and really put us behind."

Arvydas Sabonis scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half as Portland trailed 43-42 at the break. Sabonis, who had led the Blazers in scoring and rebounding in each of the last six games, posting double-doubles in all of those contests, finished with 16 points and five rebounds.

Orlando began the second half with a 17-6 burst, triggered by a pair of jumpers by Schayes, who netted eight of his 14 points during the run. Derek Harper's three-pointer capped the spurt and gave the Magic a 60-48 lead with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Wallace's dunk with 9:28 to play drew Portland to within 75-66, the closest they would get the rest of the way.

"We did not come out mentally in the second half," Wallace said. They hit a couple of big threes and got a couple of buckets from guys who were `X' factors. It was just one of those things."

Orlando answered with a 7-0 spurt over the next 40 seconds, keyed by Harper, who scored five of his 10 points during the run, to open up an 82-66 margin with 8:48 left. Harper finished with 10 assists and Mark Price added nine.

Benoit drained a three-pointer to give the Magic their largest lead of the game, 94-74, with just under four minutes to go.

Derek Strong led the way on the boards with nine rebounds for the Magic, who held a 43-38 advantage. Orlando shot 49 percent (39-of-79) from the floor, including 8-of-18 from beyond the arc.

Walt Williams and Stacey Augmon combined for 22 points off the bench for Portland, which shot 46 percent from the floor but shot just 60 percent (18-of-30) from the line.

"First of all, we never should have been hanging in there," Williams said. "We did not come with the right focus tonight. They executed and deserved to win the game. We had a poor performance tonight."

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