Monday , Jan , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 19

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 19 ===

(Sports Network) – Portland lost on Sunday when Joe Johnson hit the game-
winning shot with 18.1 seconds left to lead Phoenix to a 96-92 win over the
Trail Blazers on Sunday at America West Arena.

Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 boards for the Trail Blazers, who have
dropped a season-high five consecutive contests. Rasheed Wallace netted 19
points in the setback.

The Trail Blazers led by three after three quarters and maintained a slim
cushion throughout most of the fourth period.

However, a pair of Jake Voskuhl free throws with just over three minutes
remaining gave the Suns a 90-89 lead. Portland, though, countered with three
straight points to seize a 92-90 advantage with 1:48 left, but the Blazers
would not score again.

Shawn Marion’s basket with 1:21 left tied the score at 92-92 and Johnson’s
putback with 18.1 seconds remaining gave the Suns a 94-92 advantage.

Wallace had a chance to tie, but missed a turnaround jumper with 8.4 seconds
left and Marion was immediately fouled two seconds later. He drained both free
throws to make it 96-92.

“Well, we had some shots down the stretch,” Portland head coach Maurice Cheeks
said. “We just couldn’t finish those shots, just couldn’t convert, just
couldn’t make them.”

Randolph is averaging 21.3 points and 11 rebounds over the last three games.

The Blazers are off until Tuesday when they visit the Sacramento Kings.