Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
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Hawks84
Game 2: Friday, February 25th
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Trail Blazers102

Hawks 101

(10-44, 2-25 away)

Trail Blazers 102

(22-31, 14-11 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 25, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 31 22 24 24101
    POR 29 26 24 23102

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Harrington 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Por: Z. Randolph 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Atlanta loses 18th straight on on the road

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Zach Randolph's return to form helped the Portland Trail Blazers find victory and maybe some hope for the rest of the season.

    Randolph had 31 points, including the go-ahead basket with 9 seconds left, and 12 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers over the Atlanta Hawks 102-101 on Friday night.

    Al Harrington had 25 points for the Hawks, who, one day after trading away top scorer and rebounder Antoine Walker, dropped their 18th straight road game.

    Randolph's game-winning runner in the lane made up for a bad miss on the preceding possession that turned into a fast-break dunk for Harrington and a 101-100 lead for Atlanta.

    The Hawks had two chances to win. Peja Drobnjak missed a jumper with 5 seconds left before the ball was knocked out of bounds by the Blazers. Harrington had an open shot at the buzzer, but it was off, too.

    Back in the starting lineup for banged-up Theo Ratliff, Randolph made 13 of 17 shots from the field. A knee injury that sidelined him last month also kept him out of the Blazers' last game before the All-Star break, but a long rest seems to have helped.

    "I'm just playing loose," Randolph said. "I feel good out there and I am trying to get back to my old self. I'm not 100 percent, but I am close."

    The Hawks, losers of six straight, are 2-25 on the road this season.

    "This was Zach Randolph's game," Harrington said. "He gets them in bunches. He's got that little floater-slash-hook shot. It's hard to get to."

    Ruben Patterson had 20 points for Portland, and Damon Stoudamire added 14 points and 14 assists. Drobnjak had 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting, and Boris Diaw added 17 for Atlanta.

    In the midst of seven-game road trip, the Hawks took a shot at reshaping their hapless squad by dealing Walker back to his original team, the Boston Celtics, in exchange for point guard Gary Payton, forwards Tom Gugliotta and Michael Stewart and a future first-round draft choice.

    Stewart was the only one of the new Hawks who reported in time for the game, and Payton wants a buyout of his deal so he can join a contender.

    Despite almost constant rumors that they were interested in dealing several veteran players, the Blazers didn't make any moves prior to Thursday's deadline.

    Portland, which had made the playoffs 22 consecutive seasons before last year, had fallen to 21-30 on Wednesday, their worst record at that point in 30 seasons. The failure to pull off a trade despite holding Damon Stoudamire, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Nick Van Exel's expiring contracts had darkened the mood around the Rose Garden.

    Coach Maurice Cheeks ripped the Blazers' defensive effort, but recognized the importance of the win.

    "It was definitely better than a loss," he said. "It's a lot better to stand up here (after a win) than a loss."

    Portland led 67-61 after Randolph's rebound putback. Atlanta tied up the game just before the end of the third quarter, and Smith found Harrington for a dunk that gave the Hawks an 88-87 lead in the fourth.

    Portland took back the lead, but Drobnjak made a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 93-92 advantage. Patterson scored six of the Blazers next eight points, and Portland led 100-97 with just under 2 minutes left.

    The subtraction of Walker, who was averaging 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds, frees up playing time for the Hawks' young nucleus, which includes Harrington and rookies Josh Smith and Josh Childress.

    Harrington, who has been the team's second-leading scorer, was the most obvious beneficiary Friday, hitting 10 of 21 shots from the field and going 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

    Childress, starting his 17th game, had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tyronn Lue added 12 points and eight assists.

    "The guys came in and they stepped up and they played," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson. "It's a great effort."

    Game notes


    Stewart, who has played just 55 games in the last three seasons, played four minutes in his Atlanta debut and didn't score. ... Portland C Joel Przybilla was ejected midway through the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    POR
    Points 101 102
    FGM-FGA 44-92 (.478) 43-82 (.524)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 10-12 (.833) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-40 12-39
    Assists 26 29
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 18 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 16 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 5 8

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Portland
    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 31
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1