Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Friday, November 7th
Trail Blazers82Final
Game 2: Monday, January 5th
Trail Blazers108Final
Game 3: Sunday, February 8th
Trail Blazers95
Game 4: Saturday, March 27th
Trail Blazers115

SuperSonics 108

(34-39, 15-21 away)

Trail Blazers 115

(37-35, 24-13 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 27, 2004

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SEA 22 23 27 28 8108
    POR 24 24 29 23 15115

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Allen 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast

    Portland: T. Ratliff 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 6 Blk

    Blazers a half-game behind Jazz for No. 8 spot

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are right back in the playoff race.

    Zach Randolph had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blazers to a 115-108 overtime victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.

    Damon Stoudamire added 23 points and eight assists for Portland, which is ninth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Utah for the final playoff spot.

    "You can't beat this race for the playoffs," Portland center Theo Ratliff said. "You can't ask for anything better than this because everybody is playing at a high level right now."

    Ray Allen had 32 points for the Sonics, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped. Rashard Lewis added 24 points, and Ronald Murray had 19.

    "That was a heck of a game," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Both teams were up and down making shots. We made shots when we had to and so did they."

    Portland scored the first four points of overtime, but Allen made a 3-pointer to make it 109-108.

    Portland's Derek Anderson hit a 22-footer from the top of the key, and Theo Ratliff made one of two free throws to give Portland a four-point lead with 31 seconds left. Seattle's Brent Barry passed up a dunk on the other end, trying to pass off to Allen, but the ball bounced off Allen's arm and out of bounds.

    Portland looked like it was going to miss the playoffs for the first time in 22 seasons, starting the month on a five-game losing streak. But the Blazers are 8-3 in their last 11 games.

    Seattle, which trailed 87-80 with 6:29 remaining in regulation, took advantage of the Blazers' fourth-quarter defensive lapses to take a 98-95 lead with 53 seconds left.

    Anderson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to tie it for Portland, but Ronald Murray drove for a dunk, putting Seattle up 100-98. Randolph scored inside for the Blazers with 6.3 seconds left to tie it, and Vladimir Radmanovic missed a 3 from the corner as time ran out on regulation.

    Allen was 6-of-8 on 3-pointers and scored 19 of his points in the second half.

    "For the majority of the game, we made the right plays," Allen said. "Shooting was one thing, it was our defense on the other end."

    Barry finished with 10 points and 12 assists.

    Anderson had 21 points and seven assists for Portland. Ratliff had a season-high 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

    Game notes

    Portland has won at least 37 games in the last 30 regulation-length seasons. ... The Blazers signed 6-foot-7 swingman Desmond Ferguson to a 10-day contract Friday, and placed guard Omar Cook on the injured list. Ferguson most recently played for the Rockford Lightning of the CBA. ... Portland won the last meeting, 95-85 at home on Feb. 8.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 115
    FGM-FGA 41-80 (.513) 39-83 (.470)
    3PM-3PA 12-26 (.462) 7-13 (.538)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 30-42 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-40 14-39
    Assists 29 24
    Turnovers 18 9
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 3 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 32
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Theo Ratliff Ratliff
    Points: 18
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 6