Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Wednesday, November 30th
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Game 2: Sunday, December 18th
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Wizards 92

(9-13, 3-9 away)

Trail Blazers 97

(7-16, 5-7 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    6:00 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 19 21 18 3492
    POR 19 29 22 2797

    Top Performers

    Washington: G. Arenas 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: J. Dixon 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    Dixon, Blake key Blazers win over Wizards

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It was more about the start than the opponent for Juan Dixon.

    Dixon scored 20 points against his former team and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Washington Wizards 97-92 on a snowy Sunday night.

    It was his first start for the Trail Blazers, who signed him as a free agent in the offseason.

    "It's a lot of fun playing that starting role," he said.

    Portland was hit with a snow and ice storm during the day, and just a couple thousand fans -- at best -- braved the weather for the game.

    Portland, which led by as many as 17 points, snapped a three-game losing streak.

    Washington, which has lost five of six overall and five straight on the road, cut it to 87-86 on Gilbert Arenas' 3-pointer with 2:45 left.

    Dixon's jumper with 1:51 left put Portland ahead 91-86, and former Wizards guard Steve Blake added a jumper and a free throw to make it 93-86.

    Dixon, drafted 17th overall by the Wizards in 2002, was picked up by the Blazers in August. The Blazers later signed Blake after Washington declined to match an offer sheet.

    "It's just fun competing against my old teammates," Blake said. "Those guys are my friends."

    Blake, who also started against the Wizards, had 14 points. It was the first time Blake and Dixon had started together since they were at Maryland.

    "It is always kind of nice to get a win against your former team -- to kind of show them what they lost, you know?" Blake said.

    The Blazers won despite being depleted by injury and illness. Starting forward Darius Miles, averaging 18.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee on Friday and it is unclear when Portland will get him back.

    Starting point guard Sebastian Telfair has a sprained ligament in his right thumb and didn't play, and starting center Joel Przybilla was out with the flu.

    The Blazers took a 34-24 lead in the first half on Charles Smith's dunk, and they held a 48-40 lead at the break.

    The Wizards whittled away at the deficit, tying it at 49 on Jared Jeffries' dunk. But Washington was unable to take over the lead, and Portland answered with a 14-1 run to go up 63-50 midway through the third quarter.

    Arenas had 29 points for the Wizards, who opened a five-game trip with a 97-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Antawn Jamison had just seven points.

    "We're so talented, this is crazy," forward Caron Butler said. With all this talent -- we just keep falling short. It's tough. We just fall a little short, miscommunication or a missed shot. It's those kinds of things."

    The Blazers were coming off a 111-99 loss to Seattle on Friday night.

    Washington didn't have guard Jarvis Hayes, who left the game against the Lakers after a few minutes because of a sore right knee and did not make the trip to Portland. He will be examined by team doctors Monday.

    Hayes missed much of last season, including the Wizards' playoff run, with a fractured right kneecap. He has averaged 9.3 points in 21 games this season.

    "You can't take anything away from Portland," Butler said. "If we played with urgency we would have won this game. We need a win."

    Game notes

    Washington had won three straight over Portland, including a 96-89 victory earlier this season. ... The Wizards had won three consecutive games at the Rose Garden. ... Because of the storm, the team said it would honor tickets for Sunday night's game in exchange for tickets to the Dec. 30 game against Memphis or the Jan. 1 home game against the Clippers, based on availability.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 97
    FGM-FGA 33-78 (.423) 35-77 (.455)
    3PM-3PA 8-22 (.364) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 18-21 (.857) 22-31 (.710)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-35 15-44
    Assists 16 26
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 4 4
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 13 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 17

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Juan Dixon Dixon
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0