Originally created 05/23/00

Blazers even series with Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Rasheed Wallace didn't blow his temper this time and the Portland Trail Blazers blew out the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wallace, on his best behavior after being ejected from Game 1 for getting two technical fouls, had playoff career-highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds Monday night as the Blazers stunned Los Angeles 106-77, the Lakers' most lopsided loss of the season.

Wallace made three 3-pointers in a 20-0 third-quarter outburst as Portland evened the best-of-seven Western Conference finals 1-1.

The Lakers lost at home for the first time in eight playoff games and the second time in 26 games since losing to the Blazers on Jan. 22. Los Angeles is 43-6 at home.

Los Angeles' previous worst loss was by 24 points in San Antonio on Feb. 1.

The doesn't resume until Friday night in Portland.

Wallace had 11 points and five rebounds in the third quarter, when the Blazers outscored Los Angeles 28-8, tying the Lakers' playoff low for that quarter and just two short of the NBA-record low set by Atlanta against Boston on May 6, 1986.

Scottie Pippen had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Portland. He scored 17 points in the first half as the Blazers took a tenuous 48-45 lead. Steve Smith scored 24 for the Blazers, who are 3-3 against Los Angeles this season and the only team to win twice on the Lakers' court.

Shaquille O'Neal, averaging 30.8 points in the playoffs, had 23 points and 12 rebounds, but 14 of his points came in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers never got closer than 18.

Kobe Bryant was the only other Los Angeles player in double figures with 12 points, but was only 2-for-9 from the field.

The way the Blazers played the third quarter, there was no reason for the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy that kept sending O'Neal, a poor free-throw shooter, to the foul line in Game 1.

The Lakers made just two of 15 shots in the third quarter and were outrebounded 14-5, even though O'Neal played the entire 12 minutes.

Brian Shaw's 3-pointer cut Portland's lead to 56-51 with six minutes left in the third, but it would be the Lakers' last field goal of the quarter.

Smith's inside basket started the run and Wallace's third 3-pointer ended it, putting the Blazers ahead 76-51 with 8.5 seconds left in the quarter. Bryant's two free throws with 1.3 seconds allowed the Lakers to avoid tying the NBA playoff record for lowest-scoring third quarter and made it 76-53 going into the fourth.

Portland coach Mike Dunleavy drew a technical foul with 6:48 left in the third quarter when Arvydas Sabonis was called for his fourth foul in a collision with O'Neal under the Lakers' basket. Portland outscored Los Angeles 22-6 the rest of the quarter.

After failing to get one free-throw attempt in the first half of Game 1, Portland was 18-for-25 at the line in the first half of Game 2, compared with the Lakers' 7-for-11. Pippen, fouled repeatedly on drives to the basket, was 7-for-10 at the line in the first half.

O'Neal, in foul trouble and frustrated by the Blazers' double-team, scored just six points in the first half and had nine through three quarters. He drew his third foul on Bonzi Wells' three-point play with 6:27 to play in the second quarter and sat out the final 5:16 of the half.

Sabonis, outscored 41-0 by O'Neal in Game 1, had five points this time before fouling out.

Notes: O'Neal didn't get his first field goal until 29 seconds remained in the first quarter. ... Portland missed its first eight shots of the second quarter and still trailed only 30-26. ... The Blazers' Damon Stoudamire was scoreless and left the game for good after drawing his third and fourth fouls in the first 15 seconds of the second half. ... Wallace, who has six technicals in the playoffs and had 38 in the regular season, didn't draw his first personal foul until midway through the fourth quarter. ... Glen Rice of the Lakers was just 3-for-9 for six points.


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