Blazers try to beat Heat without Bonzi
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat continue their five-game road
trip tonight when they head into Portland to take on Rasheed Wallace and the
Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Lamar Odom scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to
a 105-98 victory over Seattle at Key Arena.
Eddie Jones contributed 20 points and Dwyane Wade scored 18 for Miami, which
won for the first time on the road this season (1-6). Udonis Haslem had 14
points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who won for just the third time in 11
games to start the season.
Miami outrebounded the Sonics, 48-31.
The Heat beat a team from the Western Conference for the first time in six
tries this season.
Portland lost its second game in row on Monday, falling to the Dallas
Mavericks, 105-98, at American Airlines Center.
Wallace led all players with 31 points for the Trail Blazers. Zach Randolph
added 25 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Bonzi Wells scored 14 for
Portland, which has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak.
The Trail Blazers suspended Wells on Tuesday for two games without pay for
conduct detrimental to the team.
In addition, the club took away his title as co-captain. The penalties stem
from Wells’ most recent actions during the third quarter of Monday’s loss at
Wells apparently cursed at head coach Maurice Cheeks and was then benched for
the final 16 minutes and 17 seconds of the game.
In 2002-03, Portland won both contests with the Heat by decisive margins. The
Blazers defeated Miami, 88-69, at the Rose Garden on December 6, 2002 and
picked up a 101-87 win over the Heat in Miami on February 5, 2003.
Overall, the Blazers have won two in a row and four of the last five meetings
between the two squads.