Blazers erase 24-point deficit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- There was no yelling or finger-pointing in
the Portland Trail Blazers locker room after the team fell behind
by 18 points at halftime against the Sacramento Kings.

Instead, there was quiet resolve.

"Coach came in, and he was calm. He said just keep chipping
away," Zach Randolph said. "And we did."

Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and the Blazers climbed
out of a 24-point deficit to beat the Kings 112-110 in overtime
Thursday night.

The Blazers rallied to tie it five times in the second half but
could not take over the lead until overtime.

Coach Maurice Cheeks confirmed it was a mellow halftime, even
though the Blazers appeared to be in an insurmountable situation.

"I told them the game starts now," Cheeks said. "They thought
it started at 8:30 or 9 p.m. because we didn't start playing until

"I just told them to hang in there."

They did.

Damon Stoudamire's reverse layup put Portland ahead for the
first time, 109-107 with 3:23 left in the extra period, before
Rasheed Wallace followed up with a decisive dunk.

Mike Bibby hit a 3-pointer to keep it close at 111-110, but Doug
Christie missed a 23-foot jumper that would have put the Kings back
on top.

After he was fouled with 5.8 seconds left, Wallace missed his
first free throw but made his second, and the Blazers went ahead
112-110 before Bibby missed an 18-footer at the buzzer to give
Portland the win.

Randolph also had a key block on Bibby's attempted layup late in

"We've thrown away a couple of games like this already this
season," Bibby said. "I had a wide-open shot to keep it going but
I missed it."

Bonzi Wells had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, and
Wallace had 26 points as Portland improved to 5-1 at home.

Bibby had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. Peja
Stojakovic had 27 points.

Randolph squeezed Sacramento's lead to 103-101 when he made a
layup and was fouled with 1:26 left in regulation. Tony Massenburg
answered with a short jumper, but Wallace hit a turnaround jumper
to keep it close at 105-103.

Randolph hit a pair of free throws with 23.1 seconds left to tie
it at 105. Bibby missed a 3-pointer as time ran out, and Massenburg
was unable to tip it in.

It was Randolph's fifth double-double in eight games.

The Blazers mounted their vigorous comeback in the third
quarter, narrowing it to 71-69 on Wallace's 3-pointer and
Stoudamire's follow-up 22-foot-jumper.

Wallace's turnaround jumper made it 76-76, but the Blazers
couldn't take over the lead in a heated half that was marked by
three technical fouls -- two by the Kings and one by Portland -- and
Wells' flagrant foul on Tony Massenburg.

Wells opened the fourth with a driving layup to make it 84-84,
but Qyntel Woods missed a fastbreak layup that would have given the
Blazers the lead. Bobby Jackson's 3-pointer put the Kings back

"Playing at their place, I had a feeling they would make a
run," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "I just hoped we'd make more
plays to hold them off and we didn't do it."

It was the first of four meetings between the Western Conference
rivals. Last season the Kings were 3-1, with two wins coming in

The Kings jumped out to a 20-6 lead and outscored the Blazers
34-18 in the first quarter.

Portland kept it closer in the second, with 27 points to
Sacramento's 29, but the Kings led 63-45 at halftime.

Bibby had 12 points and already had a Kings' season-high 13
assists by the end of the half.

Game notes
Kings forward Starter Brad Miller left the game in the
third quarter and didn't return. Later he was icing his right hand,
but his injury had not been determined. ... The Trail Blazers
signed Cheeks to a one-year contract extension before Thursday's
game. Terms of the deal for Cheeks, in his third year with
Portland, were not released. ... Phil Ford holds Sacramento's
franchise record when it comes to assists, with 22 in a game back
in 1979. ... Bibby's career high for assists is 18.

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