Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Tuesday, November 23rd
Trail Blazers99Final
Game 2: Friday, January 7th
Trail Blazers92

Trail Blazers 99

(5-5, 2-3 away)

Heat 87

(8-4, 5-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2004

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 21 29 24 2599
    MIA 26 23 17 2187

    Top Performers

    Por: Z. Randolph 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk

    Mia: D. Wade 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

    Miami 1-4 vs. Western Conference

    MIAMI (AP) -- Portland's master plan was to trap Dwyane Wade, keep somebody in front of Shaquille O'Neal whenever possible and hope no one else stepped forward to carry the Miami Heat.

    The scheme worked perfectly.

    Zach Randolph had 24 points and Derek Anderson added 19, helping the Trail Blazers pull away in the second half for a 99-87 win over Miami on Tuesday night. The Blazers are now 14-3 in Miami and winners of 26 of 33 overall between the franchises.

    "Best game we've played this year, offensively and defensively," said Portland coach Maurice Cheeks, whose team easily overcame an early 12-point deficit. "We shared the ball, and as crazy as this sounds, our defense was shared by all as well."

    Wade and O'Neal combined for 36 points, with Wade getting a game-high nine assists and O'Neal grabbing a game-best 13 rebounds to complete his seventh double-double in Miami's last eight games. But the Blazers never let Miami's star duo take control, and held the Heat to 37.5 percent shooting in the second half.

    Take away the combined 10-for-21 by Wade and O'Neal, and the rest of the Heat managed to connect on 39.6 percent of their shots. Wade and O'Neal had averaged a combined 28 shot attempts in their nine previous games together this year.

    "They took the ball out of my hands, but I knew it'd be that way coming in," Wade said. "As a player, you try to find other ways to help the team win."

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 16 for Portland, which hasn't beaten a sub-.500 team this season -- but moved to 4-1 when facing clubs with winning records.

    Shandon Anderson had 15 of his season-high 17 in the first half for Miami, which had won three straight and fell to 1-4 against the Western Conference. The Heat are 7-0 against the East.

    "The effort wasn't there for us at the defensive end," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We were absolutely crushed on the boards again, and I have to take responsibility for that. There were times when we looked hesitant and unsure."

    Portland used a 17-8 run over a 7:35 stretch of the second half to pull away. Eddie Jones' layup with 4:31 left in the third drew Miami to 64-60, but Portland hit five of its next six perimeter shots.

    Derek Anderson connected on a pair of 3-pointers late in the third to push the Blazers' lead to 74-66, Darius Miles hit consecutive jumpers to open the final quarter and Nick Van Exel's 3-pointer with 8:56 left gave Portland what was then its largest lead of the night, 81-68.

    "It was a great effort," said Van Exel, who finished with 15. "We got down early, but we fought back. One thing about this NBA: You get a win, you don't get a chance to celebrate. We get on a plane tonight and have to go play a good Orlando team tomorrow. A win's nice to start the trip."

    Miami drew to 90-82 with 2:00 remaining, but Randolph's jumper with 1:23 left sealed the win.

    Udonis Haslem, who entered the game with the league's third-best field goal percentage (.568), missed his first 11 shots -- including a dunk -- and finished 3-for-17.

    "We wanted him to shoot the basketball," Cheeks said. "Fortunately for us, he missed some shots. That's what allowed us to be able to front the post the way we did."

    Shandon Anderson and Wade combined for 14 points in a 17-2 run that gave the Heat a 22-10 lead. Portland tied the game with a 21-9 run, then trailed by as many as six before taking a 50-49 halftime lead on Randolph's three-point play with 2 seconds left before the break -- and the Blazers never again trailed.

    Game notes

    Heat F Christian Laettner, who missed the season's first 11 games with right knee patella tendinitis, had five points in 12 minutes. Laettner was activated when F Malik Allen went on the injured list Tuesday. ... Portland was 8-for-17 from 3-point range; Miami was 4-for-14. ... Shandon Anderson more than doubled his season point total -- he scored eight in his first five games with Miami. ... Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez was courtside, as was Florida Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest, actress Tara Reid and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 87
    FGM-FGA 36-79 (.456) 31-74 (.419)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 21-32 (.656)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-41 15-36
    Assists 16 15
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 5 11
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 24
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 19
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 3