SEATTLE (AP) -- It's just exhibition season, but Nate McMillan
wanted to see an attitude -- some fire, some anger -- out of his
winless Portland Trail Blazers.
McMillan got it from a pair of rookies -- Brandon Roy and Ime
Zach Randolph scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half while
Roy scored 19 points, Udoka added 16 and the Blazers beat the
Seattle SuperSonics 103-95 on Friday night for their first
Before Friday's game, McMillan spoke of the need for his young
team to develop a winning attitude in the preseason.
"I know it's preseason, it will go back to zero, but we should
have an attitude after losing three games in a row," McMillan
said. "Play like it -- scrap, fight. I thought we did. I thought we
were solid for four quarters."
And McMillan had high praise for Roy, the All-America selection
at Washington last year. Playing before his parents and his college
coach Lorenzo Romar, Roy scored 15 points in the second half and
was 11-for-12 at the free throw line. He played a game-high 38
Roy understood Friday is only the dress rehearsal. The Blazers
(1-3) and Sonics meet on opening night in Seattle.
"We wanted to play with more of a swagger, give more of an
effort," Roy said. "I think everybody did a good job of that
Randolph took the load early, dominating his matchups with
Seattle forwards Chris Wilcox and Nick Collison in the first half.
He went 6-of-9 from the field and grabbed five rebounds as the
Blazers shot 61 percent in the first half. They shot 62 percent for
Randolph returned in the game's final minutes, as McMillan went
with his starters to keep the lead. Seattle pulled within six
points early in the fourth quarter, but Randolph, Roy and Udoka
combined for 12 straight points as Portland pulled away, delighting
Blazers' owner Paul Allen who sat courtside.
"We're not sitting here like a veteran team experimenting with
a lot of young guys. We are a young team," McMillan said. "What
we needed to see from us tonight was 48 minutes of solid basketball
regardless of who Seattle was playing."
Ray Allen led Seattle (also 1-3) with 16 points, 10 coming in
the third quarter as the Sonics rallied from a 54-43 halftime
deficit and briefly took the lead. Most of Seattle's starters
played just the first and third quarters.
"I didn't think we played good defensively early," Seattle
coach Bob Hill said. "I've been trying for these first four games
to play a lot of guys and that's what I did."
Udoka, a non-roster invitee out of Portland State, had 11 points
in the second half. Udoka scored 16 points on Thursday night
against Utah, just two days after his father passed away in
Asked if Udoka had earned a roster spot after his consecutive
strong outings, McMillan was noncommittal.
"He did a nice job," McMillan said. "We can't say right now
if he'll make the team."
Reserve guard Juan Dixon added 17 points for Portland.
Allen's baseline jumper with 3 minutes left in the third quarter
pulled Seattle even at 66-66 and Robert Swift's two free throws a
minute later gave the Sonics their first lead since 6-5. But
Portland scored 10 of the final 14 points of the third quarter and
the first seven points of the fourth to push the lead back to 11.