Originally created 04/12/98

Abdur-Raheem sparks Grizzlies' win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim matched his season high with 31 points, including four in overtime, as the Vancouver Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Vancouver's Tony Massenburg, filling in for injured center Bryant Reeves (bruised right knee), finished with a season-high 22 points before he was ejected for picking up his second technical foul with 2:59 left in overtime.

Massenburg, who played a season-high 37 minutes, was whistled for his first technical in the third quarter after earning his fourth foul. He picked up his second in overtime for taunting after he dunked over Portland's Brian Grant and then yelled in his face.

Massenburg's dunk gave the Grizzlies a 92-90 lead that they did not relinquish. Abdur-Rahim followed up with a four-foot running hook shot, giving Vancouver a 94-91 lead with 2:10 left. Michael Smith then sealed the victory 40 seconds later putting back his own miss.

Blue Edwards scored 27, including 9-for-9 from the free throw line over the final 17 minutes.

Abdur-Rahim also set a franchise record for most field-goal attempts, finishing the game 15-for-30.

Isaiah Rider scored 26 while Rasheed Wallace finished with 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as the Trail Blazers had a four-game road winning streak snapped.

Jermaine O'Neal's layin with 1:06 left forced the extra frame, tying the game at 85-85.

The Grizzlies had a chance to pull the game out in the final seconds, but Abdur-Rahim missed a 10-foot hook shot with 3.9 seconds left. Portland's chances of pulling out the victory fell short when Damon Stoudamire missed a 27-foot desperation shot at the buzzer.

The win earned the Grizzlies a season-split against the Trail Blazers.


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