Blazers finish homestand against Knicks
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers try for their third
straight win tonight when they close out a four-game homestand against the New
York Knicks at the Rose Garden.
On Wednesday, Damon Stoudamire scored three points in the final 17.7 seconds
of overtime to rally Portland to a 97-95 win over Indiana. Zach Randolph
poured in a career-high 34 points for the Trail Blazers, who have won four of
their last six.
Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace both finished with 17 points, while Jeff
McInnis added 13 points for Portland, which rallied from a five-point deficit
in the final 26.1 seconds of regulation.
The Blazers should have Wesley Person in uniform tonight after the 32-year-old
veteran was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies along with a conditional No. 1
pick in the 2004 NBA Draft on Wednesday for disgruntled guard Bonzi Wells.
Person, known for his shooting ability, had struggled for Memphis this season.
In 16 games, he averaged only 5.2 points and 1.4 assists.
Portland, which will start a three-game stretch away from home on Sunday, is
9-2 at home this season.
New York, meanwhile, got its season-high five-game road trip off to a
disappointing start on Wednesday, as it fell 95-87 to the Seattle SuperSonics.
Allan Houston paced the Knicks with a game-high 24 points. Keith Van Horn
posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who have
dropped two straight contests.
Antonio McDyess, playing in only his second game back after missing almost two
years with a knee injury, scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in 19
minutes off the bench.
Charlie Ward had 15 points to go along with his team-high seven assists and
could supplant Howard Eisley as the team’s starting point guard tonight. Head
coach Don Chaney is mulling a switch at the point from Howard Eisley, but he
could opt to use second-year man Frank Williams as the starter.
With 23 turnovers, the Knicks tied the Atlanta Hawks for the turnover lead at
17.8 per game. Their 4.2 turnover differential is second-worst in the league –
17.8 to their opponents’ 13.6.
New York is 3-7 on the road this season.
Portland has won three straight in this series and four of the last five
matchups. The Knicks have also dropped three straight in the Rose Garden.