Friday , Jan , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers don’t have it

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers have not been able to win
consistently during the 2005-06 campaign. They own a 14-26 record and are in
last place in the Northwest Division.

Portland plays the finale of an eight-game homestand on Friday against the New
Jersey Nets. It is 4-3 on the current stand. It is the first of two meetings
between the clubs this season. The Nets are scheduled to host the Trail
Blazers on March 15th at Continental Airlines Arena. The Trail Blazers have
won three of the last four meetings in the series. New Jersey has lost eight
of its last nine at Portland.

On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine
rebounds as the Denver Nuggets slipped past the Trail Blazers, 97-94, at the
Rose Garden.

Zach Randolph scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the loss to
the Nuggets for Portland, which has lost eight of its last 12 games overall.
Juan Dixon added 17 points and seven assists, while Ruben Patterson netted 15
in defeat.

The Trail Blazers are 10-12 as the host this season. They are 5-5 in their
last 10 contests at the Rose Garden.

Randolph, who is averaging 18.1 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game
this season, has scored in double-digits in seven straight games and has
collected two double-doubles in those contests. He is averaging 17.1 points
and 8.5 boards in his last 10 outings.

Portland is 3-0 when it scores more than 100 points this season.