Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Friday, November 15th
Trail Blazers112
Game 2: Wednesday, December 18th
Trail Blazers97Final
Game 3: Friday, February 28th
Trail Blazers109
Game 4: Wednesday, April 16th
Trail Blazers93Final

Trail Blazers 97

(13-11, 6-7 away)

Clippers 93

(11-15, 6-8 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, December 18, 2002

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 23 23 21 3097
    LAC 26 26 25 1693

    Top Performers

    Por: B. Wells 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    LAC: A. Miller 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Blazers' late 15-0 run is too much for Clippers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Scottie Pippen's seen it all before, of course, so there was no panic when his team was down by 14 early in the fourth quarter.

    Scottie Pippen

    Pippen, Bonzi Wells and Rasheed Wallace led the comeback as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-93 Wednesday night.

    "It was just a matter of time for us to close the gap,'' said Pippen, who made a pair of 3-pointers to start a late 15-0 run and finished with 11 points.

    "When we got the lead, they lost some of their poise. It's tougher to keep a lead than it is to get it.''

    Bonzi Wells scored 30 points for the second consecutive game as Portland won for the sixth time in eight games.

    Wallace added 19 points and Trail Blazers reserve Jeff McInnis added 17 points in 17 minutes against his former team.

    "Even though we were down 14, our guys still plugged away, took it one basket at a time, kind of ground it out,'' Wells said. "Everyone is playing well. I don't care if somebody scores 30 or 40 in one night, it still takes a team to win.''

    Portland trailed 81-67 with 11:15 remaining, but the Trail Blazers went on a 15-0 run that began with 6:24 remaining and carried them to a 92-87 lead with 1:15 left.

    The Clippers went scoreless for 5:33 of the quarter until Andre Miller made two free throws with 1:09 remaining.

    Miller led the Clippers with 25 points and Quentin Richardson added 24, going 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

    "We had a 14-point lead and the way we finished the game was bad,'' said the Clippers' Elton Brand, who was held to 10 points and four rebounds. "Scottie Pippen hit some big threes and Jeff McInnis made some good shots.''

    Los Angeles coach Alvin Gentry, who has watched his team blow a string of late leads this season, said, "We played great basketball, beautiful basketball up until the fourth quarter. It's a shame because everybody's just going to remember that stretch where we just couldn't score.

    "When we get to that point of the game, we've got to start executing.''

    Wells drove the lane all alone for a layup that pulled Portland to 87-84. After Los Angeles' Marko Jaric threw up an airball, Wells hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 4:45 remaining.

    Wallace made a free throw to give the Trail Blazers an 88-87 lead with 2:45 remaining, and they led the rest of the way.

    Richardson's tip-in put the Clippers up 73-60 with three minutes left in the third quarter, their biggest lead to that point. They led 77-67 heading into the fourth.

    Game notes

    Portland G Damon Stoudamire missed his second straight game after an illness forced him to sit out the second half against Minnesota on Saturday. ... Los Angeles G Eric Piatkowski missed his fourth game with a lower abdominal strain. ... Brand blocked three shots and is the only player in the NBA averaging as many three blocks a game, leading the league with a 3.16 average. ... Wells matched his season-high set in Tuesday's 102-93 victory over New Orleans.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 93
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 34-76 (.447)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 8-23 (.348)
    FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-36 6-34
    Assists 26 22
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 2 8
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (3/0) 18 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Bonzi Wells Wells
    Points: 30
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0