PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Zach Randolph feels like his old self
after spending the summer rehabbing from knee surgery.
Randolph had 29 points and 12 rebounds and the Portland Trail
Blazers kept the New York Knicks winless with a 95-83 victory
Randolph, who averaged in double figures in both points and
rebounds when he was the league's Most Improved Player in 2003-04,
injured his knee midway through last season and had microfracture
"I felt good out there," he said. "I'm just trying to get my
Randolph hit a 20-footer, then added a pair of free throws to
make it 85-72 and the Blazers sailed the rest of the way for their
second straight win. Darius Miles added 26 points and eight
rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 15 points.
Portland evened its record under new coach Nate McMillan at 2-2,
with both its victories coming at the Rose Garden.
"I was especially pleased with Zach. I thought his focus was
there tonight," McMillan said.
In their first season under new coach Larry Brown, the Knicks
"Once we struggle, it seems like it just snowballs," Brown
said. "It's the coaching, I have to do a much better job."
Portland was the first stop of a six-game road trip for Brown
and the Knicks, during a stretch when New York plays 12 of its next
16 games away from home.
Former Blazer and Knick Chris Dudley was at the game. ...
New York hasn't won in Portland since a 93-89 victory on March 26,
2000. ... The Blazers have won seven of the last 10 against the
Knicks. ... Miles at times clutched his back and looked
uncomfortable after a couple of falls, but said he'd be fine for
the game against Detroit on Friday.