Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/25

Game 1: Tuesday, December 25th
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Game 2: Thursday, February 21st
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Game 3: Friday, February 22nd
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Game 4: Monday, March 24th
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SuperSonics 79

(8-20, 4-11 away)

Trail Blazers 89

(16-12, 13-3 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

5:00 PM ET, December 25, 2007

Moda Center, Portland, OR

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Top Performers

Seattle: K. Durant 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

Portland: J. Jack 17 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Ast

SuperSonics-Trail Blazers Preview


This matchup originally was billed as the first meeting between the highly touted top two picks in the NBA draft. Even though that storyline didn't pan out, the youthful Portland Trail Blazers have made sure the game will still draw plenty of interest.

Portland will be trying for its 11th straight victory when it hosts Kevin Durant and the Seattle SuperSonics on Christmas Day.

The Trail Blazers (15-12) have not lost since Dec. 2 at San Antonio, reeling off the longest winning streak in the NBA this season despite being the youngest team in the league. Portland, with only two players born before 1980, won its 10th in a row on Friday, beating Denver 99-96.

The winning streak is the Blazers' longest since they won 12 straight during the 2001-02 season. Seven of the 10 wins from this streak have come at home, where Portland is 12-3 overall.

"We're a young team but we're growing up. We're maturing a lot during this win streak," said Brandon Roy, who scored 18 points against the Nuggets. "If you watched tonight it wasn't just a young team that's hot. We had to work for this and face adversity, but we came through."

The winning streak is remarkable not just because the Blazers are so young and coming off three straight seasons with at least 50 losses, but also because they lost No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden before the season started. Oden, a 7-footer out of Ohio State, had microfracture surgery on his right knee in September.

"Who would have thought Portland would do that?" Roy said of the streak. "You'd think it would be Dallas or Phoenix."

The Blazers also won five games during their streak without LaMarcus Aldridge, who was battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Aldridge, averaging 18.5 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds, has totaled 33 points and 15 boards in two games since returning.

Roy, the reigning Rookie of the Year, has been the sparkplug through this 11-game run, averaging 23.6 points and earning consecutive Western Conference player of the week awards.

Portland is scoring 104.0 points per game during the winning streak after averaging 80.5 in its previous four, all losses.

To keep their run going, however, the Blazers might have to figure out a way to slow down Durant, who was selected by Seattle (8-19) with the second pick in the draft. Durant has scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games this season and leads all NBA rookies with 19.9 points per game.

Over the Sonics' last nine games, Durant has averaged 24.2 points in five victories, compared to a 15.8 average in four losses.

Durant had 27 points in Friday's 123-115 win over Toronto. Durant scored 14 in the third quarter, including Seattle's first 11 of the second half, and pulled off a spectacular dunk over 7-foot center Rasho Nesterovic.

"I've just got to start doing that more, trying to finish when guys attack," Durant said. "That was one of the turning points of the game."

Wally Szczerbiak added 23 points off the bench for the Sonics, who have won three of five. However, Seattle has dropped six of eight on the road, where it is just 4-10 this season.

"We're starting to get comfortable with each other," Szczerbiak said. "We have a lot of new faces, and it's taken a little bit of time to get comfortable. Now we just have to get more consistent."