Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Friday, November 7th
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Game 2: Monday, January 5th
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Game 3: Sunday, February 8th
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Game 4: Saturday, March 27th
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SuperSonics 85


Trail Blazers 95

(24-25, 16-8 home)

    12:00 PM ET, February 8, 2004

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 23 19 17 2685
    POR 23 21 29 2295

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Por: Z. Randolph 25 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Randolph notches 25 points, 16 boards

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Just about two weeks ago, the Portland Trail Blazers faced the possibility that they might not make the playoffs.

    Then they won seven of their next eight games.

    Suddenly, Portland is climbing out of the rut that saw the team bottom out at seven games under .500. The Trail Blazers beat the SuperSonics 95-85 on Sunday, making them 24-25 on the season.

    They are 11 games back of Western Conference leader Sacramento and not yet in the playoff picture, but edging closer.

    Coach Maurice Cheeks is cautiously encouraged.

    "We've got a long way to go," he said.

    Zach Randolph had 25 points and 16 rebounds for his 29th double-double of the season, and the Blazers held off a late rally. Damon Stoudamire added 19 points and six assists.

    The Blazers led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Sonics cut it to 84-82 after Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer and Ray Allen's four straight free throws.

    Stoudamire's 3-pointer and Randolph's layup boosted Portland's lead to 89-82.

    Allen started for the Sonics and scored 22 points even though he was doubtful for the game because of a sprained left shoulder.

    Seattle's All-Star guard went down in the fourth quarter of a 107-105 victory over Phoenix on Friday night. X-rays on Allen's shoulder were negative, but he was unsure whether he would play against the Blazers.

    Allen missed the first 25 games of the season while recovering from right ankle surgery. The Sonics were 12-13 without him.

    "Initially I wasn't going to play. When I first got here I couldn't even lift my arm up," Allen said.

    He decided to play when he saw that teammate Rashard Lewis wasn't feeling well.

    "The worst part of it was knowing it was weak," he said. "At some point in the game I was a liability in my mind. At least that's what I thought."

    Former Blazers guard Antonio Daniels scored 15 points for Seattle, which has lost six of its last eight. The Sonics are a half-game back of the Blazers in the West.

    Midway through the second quarter, the Sonics cut it to 35-34 on Radmanovic's jumper.

    The Blazers responded with Rasheed Wallace's decisive dunk off a perfect pass from Randolph. Wallace added a 3-pointer to put Portland up 40-34.

    Allen hit a 3-pointer to close the gap, and Daniels' driving layup made it 40-39. After Darius Miles' jumper for Portland, Radmanovic hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 42.

    Stoudamire's 19-foot jumper gave the Blazers a 44-42 lead at halftime.

    The Sonics briefly took the lead early in the second half when Lewis hit a 3-pointer to make it 49-48. But the Blazers went on a 20-5 run, capped by Randolph's reverse layup.

    "We're coming together. We're playing better basketball," Blazers guard Derek Anderson said. "We're passing the ball more and being less selfish."

    Game notes

    Former Oregon guard Luke Ridnour, the 14th pick in last year's draft by the Sonics, was greeted with a standing ovation when he entered to start the second quarter. Several Oregon players, including forward Luke Jackson, were in the crowd. ... Seattle won the first two games of the four-game season series. ... Stoudamire left in the first quarter with a tight back. He returned in the second. ... Anderson had five steals to match a career-high, made three times before.

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