Randolph scores 19 in win


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Damon Stoudamire is doing everything
possible to keep the Trail Blazers' playoff hopes alive while their
overhauled roster meshes.

In a tough win over Golden State, Stoudamire did his job by
making Zach Randolph into a hero.

Randolph scored 19 points and made a layup on Stoudamire's
exceptional bounce pass with 1.8 seconds left in Portland's 94-93
victory over the Warriors on Friday night.

Jason Richardson scored 22 points and hit a go-ahead jumper with
29.7 seconds left for the Warriors, who trailed for most of the
game before turning it into a thriller in the final minutes.

But after Shareef Abdur-Rahim's shot was blocked and Derek
Anderson's miss was rebounded by Ruben Patterson, Stoudamire drove
the lane, drew the defense -- and dropped a pass to Randolph, who
made a layup in traffic.

"It's not that he's been playing bad, but this could be big for
his confidence," Stoudamire said of Randolph, who has struggled
offensively in recent weeks. "You just want to put somebody in a
position to make a difference, and it was great for him to get that

The Blazers have shipped out Bonzi Wells, Rasheed Wallace,
Wesley Person, Jeff McInnis and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje over the past
2{ months. The trades certainly will help change the Blazers'
image, but they might cost Portland its chance at a 22nd straight
trip to the playoffs.

Stoudamire is one of the few veterans remaining from last
season's team. Despite a strong challenge from Golden State's
Speedy Claxton, Stoudamire was exceptional against the Warriors --
finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while
hitting three 3-pointers.

"That was just a great pass, that's it," Randolph said of his
game-winner. "I just put it down. Damon did it."

With Stoudamire leading the way, there are numerous signs the
Blazers are maturing: They improved to 4-4 on the road since their
2-16 start away from Portland. The Blazers grabbed eight offensive
rebounds in the fourth quarter against the Warriors, including four
in the final two minutes.

"It's just patience and perseverance," Stoudamire said.
"Sometimes you're going to have struggles, but you can't let them
last too long. You've got to play through them."

Following Randolph's basket and a timeout, the Warriors ran a
give-and-go play from Clifford Robinson to Nick Van Exel, but
Robinson didn't get off his shot until well after the buzzer. It
was Golden State's second straight one-point loss -- the first such
back-to-back defeats since the 1988-89 season.

"I don't know if I ever remember a game where we had eight
turnovers and still lost," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said.
"(Portland's) 19 offensive rebounds is the game. We played hard,
worked hard, but didn't get enough defensive rebounds."

Van Exel scored 20 points for Golden State, hitting four
3-pointers, while Claxton had 18 points and six rebounds.

"I don't think anything went wrong, except at the end when we
had three small guys who couldn't get a rebound," Richardson said
of the Warriors' three-guard lineup.

Portland maintained a small lead for most of the fourth quarter,
but the Warriors went ahead 89-88 on Van Exel's steal and layup off
an inbounds pass with less than four minutes left.

"Every time we come here, we play some crazy games," said
Portland coach Maurice Cheeks, no doubt remembering the brawl that
nearly stretched into the stands last season. "It always goes down
to the wire, where someone has to hit a miraculous shot or grab a
miraculous rebound to win."

The Warriors played their first game since deciding not to trade
Erick Dampier or Van Exel at the deadline. Golden State still hopes
to retain Dampier, who can opt out of his contract this summer --
and general manager Garry St. Jean didn't think the Warriors could
get anything better in return.

Game notes
The Warriors played the first of back-to-back home games --
a rarity on NBA schedules. Golden State hosts Seattle on Saturday
night. ... Late in the second quarter, Abdur-Rahim made his sixth
3-pointer of the season -- his first with the Blazers.