Tuesday , Dec , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers start six-game road trip

=== Blazers start six-game road trip ===

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers start a six-
game road trip tonight, as they visit Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Target Center.

The Blazers will also visit the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit
Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks on the current swing. Portland is
3-6 on the road this season.

On Sunday, Zach Randolph had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Trail
Blazers to a 98-88 win over the Utah Jazz at the Rose Garden. Damon Stoudamire
added 15 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who avenged a loss at Utah
on Friday night to complete this home-and-home set. Derek Anderson also had 15
points, as Portland won for the second time in three outings.

Portland coach Maurice Cheeks was fined $7,500 by the league on Monday for his
behavior during Friday’s 92-87 overtime loss at Utah. Cheeks failed to leave
the court in a timely manner following the Trail Blazers’ 92-87 setback to the
Jazz at the Delta Center.

Randolph has scored more than 20 points in four straight games. He is
averaging 23 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest.

The Timberwolves come into tonight’s contest off a shocking loss. Minnesota
lost to the Chicago Bulls, 99-88, on Saturday at the United Center.

Minnesota wasted a strong performance by Garnett, who netted 16 and grabbed a
season-high 21 boards in the loss to Chicago. Sam Cassell added 17 and Eddie
Griffin scored 14 for the Timberwolves, who had their brief two-game winning
streak snapped.

Garnett has averaged 24.1 points and 14.9 rebounds in his last 10 contests.

The Timberwolves are 5-3 as the host this season.

In 2003-04, the Blazers won three of four from the Timberwolves. Overall,
Portland has won two straight, while the Timberwolves have won four of the
last seven contests overall. The Trail Blazers have won three of its last five
at Minnesota.