Blazers try to halt losing streak at Ford Center
(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers try to halt a four-game losing
streak this evening when they close a three-game road trip against the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center.
The Blazers’ latest setback came on Wednesday, as they were routed by the
defending champion San Antonio Spurs, 106-75, at the SBC Center. Jarrett Jack
had 15 points to top Portland, which has lost six of nine.
Juan Dixon added 12 points, but the Blazers shot just 37.1 percent from the
field and were outrebounded, 57-30. Portland made just three shots in the last
quarter, when the Blazers were outscored, 28-11.
Zach Randolph, Portland’s leading scorer and rebounder, was held to just five
points on 1-for-14 shooting, with only four rebounds. It was his lowest point
total since becoming a full-time starter before the 2003-04 season.
The Trail Blazers, who open a season-high eight-game homestand on Sunday
against Miami, are 4-13 away from home this season. After tonight’s game,
Portland does not play another road contest until January 28.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Desmond
Mason scored 24 points and David West added 20, as the Hornets used a big
second quarter to blow past the Miami Heat, 107-92, on Wednesday. Rookie Chris
Paul tallied 15 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Hornets, who won
their second straight game.
Kirk Snyder scored 13 points, while Speedy Claxton had 12 points and eight
assists, and Rasual Butler also scored 12 for New Orleans/Oklahoma City.
The Hornets, who head to Atlanta on Saturday before returning home for two
contests, are 9-6 in their arena this season.
Portland topped the Hornets earlier in the season and has won the last two
meetings after losing four in a row. The Blazers have also won five of their
last seven as the road team in this series.