Thursday , Jan , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 13

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 13 ===

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers continued to struggle on
Wednesday, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 104-100 decision
against the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.

Damon Stoudamire had 23 points and 11 assists to lead Portland, which has lost
five of six. Nick Van Exel had 19 points for the Trail Blazers, who have also
dropped eight of 11. Ruben Patterson tallied 17 points and seven boards, as
Portland fell to 1-2 on its current six-game road trip.

Down 85-73 four minutes into the final 12 minutes, Patterson began a 17-4 run
that gave the Blazers a 90-89 lead with 4:11 remaining. Stoudamire had seven
points during the burst, capping with a layup for the one-point edge.

Washington answered with six straight points to regain a 95-90 edge with 1:58
left.

However, Van Exel hit two consecutive three-pointers to give Portland back a
96-95 lead 52 seconds later. Van Exel has 13 three-pointers in his last two
games.

Larry Hughes then gave Washington a one-point lead on a running jumper with 55
seconds on the clock, but Theo Ratliff’s follow-up dunk off a Van Exel miss
gave Portland the edge with 36 seconds left.

On the ensuing inbounds, Gilbert Arenas caught the Blazers napping and took it
the length of the court to again regain the lead for Washington. After a time
out, he stole the inbounds pass intended for Van Exel and took it down the
court for the easy dunk that gave Washington a 101-98 advantage to secure the
win with 20 ticks showing.

Portland, which is in the midst of a six-game road trip, will return to action
on Friday versus the New Orleans Hornets. It will conclude its trip against
Minnesota Timberwolves and the Sacramento Kings.

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