Monday , Dec , 31 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Win Thirteenth Straight

While Brandon Roy is Portland’s top scorer, the Trail Blazers look to Travis Outlaw in the fourth quarter.
GAME REPORT: Trail Blazers 97, 76ers 72

Outlaw, a reserve, was 1-for-7 from the floor for the first three quarters, but took over in the fourth as the Blazers went on a 21-0 run to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-72 on Sunday for their league-leading 13th straight win.

Outlaw finished with 12 points, 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter. And it’s becoming a familiar pattern for the 6-foot-9 forward, who seems to always jump out to a slow start, but still ranks third on the Blazers with an average of 14.6 points during the streak.

"I always tell Travis at the beginning of the fourth quarter that it’s a new game: ‘Come out and do what you do,"’ Roy said. "He’s tough to guard because if you put somebody small on him he can shoot right over the top and if you put a big man on him he can drive around him. Travis really gives us a threat in the fourth quarter."…(Click here for more from  USA Today.)