Saturday , Feb , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers edge Timberwolves behind Randolph’s late heroics

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 19 points, including
seven straight late in the fourth quarter, and pulled down 13 rebounds to help
lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 89-85, at the
Rose Garden.

Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and fellow reserve
Ruben Patterson netted 12 for Portland, which came into the contest losers of
four of its last six.

Kevin Garnett scored 27 points on a blistering 12-of-13 from the floor to go
along with 15 boards and four assists, but disappeared down the stretch as the
Timberwolves lost for the sixth time in their last eight games. Garnett hit
his last bucket with 6:47 remaining and did not shoot the ball again for the
rest of the contest.

Ricky Davis added 17 points and Marcus Banks donated 15 with five assists in
defeat.

With the Blazers ahead by just three, Jack connected on a three-pointer and
Patterson followed with a layup to extend Portland to a 75-67 edge with 8:48
remaining. However, four straight points by Banks later on sparked a 10-0
Timberwolves run that put them ahead 79-77 with 4:46 remaining.

Minnesota then extended to an 81-78 lead before seven straight points by
Randolph put Portland back ahead with 2:48 left.

Trenton Hassell’s jumper for Minnesota with just over two minutes remaining
then made it an 85-83 contest. However, Jack later responded with a layup with
just over one minute remaining to put Portland back ahead by four.

Davis’ steal and long jumper with 30 ticks left pulled Minnesota to within
87-85 and Portland’s Steve Blake’s jumper out of a timeout was no good.
However, Theo Ratliff pulled down the offensive rebound and Blake was
fouled. He hit both free throws with 0.3 seconds left to account for the final
score.

The Trail Blazers began the third quarter by scoring seven of the first 11
points to take a 53-47 edge and Juan Dixon’s basket later put Portland ahead
57-52 with 3:54 left in the frame.

Back-to-back buckets by Garnett and Mark Blount brought Minnesota to within
59-57 with 1:23 remaining in the third, and the two squads exchanged baskets
for the rest of the frame as Portland carried a 65-61 lead into the fourth
stanza.

The two teams were tied at 22-22 after the first quarter and Portland took a
slim 46-43 lead into the half. A three-point play by Jack gave the Trail
Blazers a 35-28 lead midway through the second frame, the largest advantage by
either team during the first half.

Portland later held a 41-35 edge with 2:14 remaining, but the Timberwolves
netted the next five points to get within one and eventually trailed by three
at the break.

Game Notes

Garnett’s field-goal percentage in the game (.923 percent) was the best in
franchise history, topping the previous record of .917 held by Garnett, Tom
Gugliotta and Rasho Nesterovic…Dixon finished with 14 points and six
rebounds…Hassell netted 10 points and dished out five assists…Portland
outrebounded Minnesota 46-35.

POR MIN