Friday , Nov , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers closeout homestand versus Golden State

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers play the finale of a five-game
homestand tonight, as they welcome the Golden State Warriors to the Rose
Garden.

Portland has had a successful homestand, as it is 3-1. On Wednesday, Theo
Ratliff’s dunk off a missed shot from Sebastian Telfair with 8.7 seconds left
boosted the Trail Blazers to a 96-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the
Rose Garden.

Zach Randolph led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win over
Chicago for the Trail Blazers. Juan Dixon tallied 16 points and Darius Miles
scored 14 for Portland, which shot 26-of-37 from the foul line.

The Trail Blazers have rebounded to have a solid showing in front of their
home crowd, after opening the season with a pair of losses on the road to
Minnesota and Denver.

Portland is scheduled to embark on a seven-game road trip after tonight’s
game. The Blazers will visit New York, Memphis, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta,
Philadelphia and Washington.

The Warriors have lost two of their last three games overall. Michael Redd
scored a game-high 27 points and Bobby Simmons netted 20 as the Milwaukee
Bucks downed Golden State, 90-87, on Wednesday at The Arena in Oakland.

Jason Richardson netted 21 points and Mickael Pietrus delivered 18 off the
bench in the loss for the Warriors, who defeated the Bucks 110-103 in
Milwaukee last week. Troy Murphy finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in
the loss.

Golden State is 2-2 on the road this season. The Warriors return to the court
on Sunday as they will visit the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

These two teams have split the last eight contests in this series. The
Warriors have lost 13 of their last 15 at Portland.

GSW POR