Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – March 28
=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – March 28 ===
(Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 25 points and hit a game- tying
bucket in the lane near the end of regulation, as the Portland Trail Blazers
halted Seattle’s seven-game winning streak with a 115-108 overtime victory on
Saturday at the Rose Garden.
Derek Anderson scored five of his 22 points in the final minute of overtime,
and Theo Ratliff added 18 points and nine rebounds, with four points in
Damon Stoudamire scored 23 points with eight assists for the Blazers, who have
won three of their last four to pull within a half-game of Utah for the eighth
and final Western Conference playoff spot.
Portland, which has reached the postseason the last 21 years, held three
different four-point leads in overtime, the last time when Ratliff converted a
three-point play to make it 109-105 with 1:45 remaining. The Sonics got a
three-pointer from Rashard Lewis at the other end to pull within one, but that
would be their last points.
The Blazers, who will open a three-game road trip in New York on Monday, have
won six of seven and eight of their last 11 at home and are 24-13 in their
arena this season.
Portland has lost four of its last six games on the road and is 24-13 away
from home this season.
The Blazers defeated the Knicks earlier in the year and have won four straight
and five of the last six meetings. Portland, though, has dropped six of its
last 10 in the Big Apple.