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L.A. LAKERS 3 - PORTLAND 0
Western Conference Best-of-Five First-Round Series
Game 1:
Lakers 106, Blazers 93 | Box Score |NBA.com TV Highlights: 28.8+ ISDN+ | Postgame Presser: 56k | 256k | Audio
Game 2:
Lakers 106, Blazers 88 | Box Score |NBA.com TV Highlights: 28.8+ ISDN+ | Postgame Presser: 56k | 256k | Audio
Game 3:
Lakers 99, Blazers 86 | Box Score |NBA.com TV Highlights: 28.8+ ISDN+ | Postgame Presser: 56k | 256k | Audio

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Shaquille O'Neal wanted everyone to shut up and just play ball, and Shaq silenced every Blazer with a dominting 25-point, 15-rebound performance on Sunday to stake L.A. to a 99-86 win in Portland and a series sweep. Kobe Bryant played good team basketball, posting 22 points and nine assists. Steve Smith and Damon Stoudamire tried their best to keep the Blazers season alive, tallying 25 apiece, but in the end the Lakers move on and the Blazers look for answers.
My Highlights: 56k | 230k
NBA.com TV highlights: 28.8+ | ISDN+
Postgame news conference: 56k | 256k | Audio
Shaq gets the alley-oop from Rick Fox: 821k avi | QuickTime
Robert Horry talked about his encounter with Dale Davis' elbow in the first round against the Blazers, and the Lakers' non-feud in response to a selection of fan e-mails.


FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

The Blazers almost beat the Lakers in the seven-game Western Conference Finals last year and will look to use the same tricks to try for an upset from the seventh seed this year. Can the defending champs hold them off again? NBA.com analyst Bernie Bickerstaff previews the L.A.-Portland first-round series.
Lakers-Blazers Head-to-Head Breakdown
Keys to Success: Lakers | Blazers


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HISTORY

Want to know who has the most points or rebounds in a single playoff game? Look no further than our compiled lists of single-game records.
Facts and figures on best-of-five series, and the history of escaping the first round of the playoffs.

How many times has the fifth seed beaten the fourth seed? How often does the top seed lose to the eighth seed? Find out the answers to those questions and more in the Success of Seeds.

Want to know who won the third-ever NBA title? Or who was MVP of the Knicks-Lakers Finals in 1973? Get a complete list of year-by-year NBA champions, runners-up and MVP's here.




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Kobe glides to the bucket for two of his 22 points on Sunday.
AP Photos