Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – February 22
=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – February 22 ===
(Sports Network) – Zach Randolph poured in 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds
to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-84 rout over the Boston Celtics at
the Rose Garden on Saturday.
Damon Stoudamire scored 16 points and handed out seven assists for the Trail
Blazers, who began the game by reeling off 22 straight points. Qyntel Woods
added had a career-high 16 points and Darius Miles contributed 13 for
Portland, which has won three straight games.
The Trail Blazers shot a blistering 52 percent for the game (38-of-73),
compared to Boston, which made just 28-of-80 attempts (35 percent).
Portland took control of the game right from the onset as it raced out of the
gate by scoring the game’s first 22 points. Derek Anderson began the lengthy
burst with two free throws before Randolph scored the next eight points to
widen the margin to 10-0.
After a Miles dunk, Stoudamire kept the Blazers rolling as he put in six
straight, including knocking down two long jumpers, to make it an 18-point
contest with just over seven minutes left in the opening quarter.
Theo Ratliff then scored from in close and Randolph capped the 22-0 run with a
jumper with 6:07 left in the first quarter. Walter McCarty’s three-pointer
with 5:49 left in the first quarter finally got Boston on the board after
going scoreless for the first 6:11 of the game, but they still trailed 22-3.
Portland held a 32-16 lead after one and a commanding 54-36 edge at halftime.
The Celtics never threatened in the second half and trailed by as many as 39
points in the final 24 minutes.
Ratliff’s six blocked shots were a Portland season-high.
The Blazers are off until Monday when they start a four-game road trip in
Miami against the Heat.