ATLANTA (AP) -- Even with just a handful of plays set up for Zach
Randolph, the Portland Trail Blazers' leading scorer found a way to
rack up the points.
Derek Anderson scored 15 points for Portland, which broke a
two-game losing streak.
"We may have run two plays for Zach and he ended up with 23
points and he gets 14 shots out of it," Portland coach Maurice
Randolph, a 6-foot-9 forward, made eight shots, and had 10
rebounds and three assists.
The Trail Blazers got back to the .500 mark with the victory
"We played together. That's what we need," Randolph said.
Miles, starting for the second straight game in place of the
injured Shareef Abdur-Rahim, made 10 of 13 shots, had eight
rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.
He's averaging 11 points a game for the season, but has picked
that up to 19 in his last three games.
"This is what Darius was doing last year before Shareef came
in. That's what we expect of Darius," Cheeks said. "When Darius
is out on the floor, he can fill up a lot of parts on the stat
sheet," he said.
Rookie Josh Smith led the Hawks with 14 points, matching a
career high. All six of his baskets came on dunks. Antoine Walker,
Tony Delk and Kenny Anderson each had 13 points for Atlanta, which
lost its fourth in a row.
The Trail Blazers shot 58 percent (41-of-71) for the game,
compared to Atlanta's 36 percent (32-of-89).
Portland took charge midway through the third period with a
10-point run after Delk hit a basket to pull the Hawks within
56-54. Randolph had a three-point play, and Anderson connected on a
3-pointer during the run that left Portland with a 12-point lead.
"We just tried to stick with our game plan," Miles said. "We
really attacked when we got rebounds, tried to beat them down court
The Hawks got within 80-75 on a dunk by Smith with 6:26 left,
but Portland scored the next six points -- including a basket by
"We tried to make a run when we cut it to five, but it wasn't
enough," Smith said. "We need a couple of wins to give us more
confidence. That would really be big for us."
The Hawks fell to 4-19 and have lost 14 of 16.
"We have to be professional, keep playing hard and doing our
job," Anderson said. "We do some good things one night, and the
next night we don't. It's frustrating."
Randolph scored 13 points, and Anderson had nine as Portland
took a 43-39 halftime lead.
Both teams were sloppy in the first half, with Atlanta having 15
turnovers and the Trail Blazers 16. The Hawks finished with 20
turnovers, while Portland had 25.
Abdur-Rahim missed his second straight game because of a
hyperextended right elbow. The former Hawks player injured the
elbow Dec. 10 at Utah but played in two games before sitting out
Wednesday at Cleveland. ... G Nick Van Exel was in the opening
lineup in place of Damon Stoudamire, who had started 103
consecutive games for the Trail Blazers. Stoudamire, averaging 10.2
points a game, had scored only 38 points and shooting 24 percent in
his previous five games. Against the Hawks he played 18 minutes and
was 5-of-5 from the field for 10 points. ... The Blazers have won
six in a row against Atlanta. The Hawks' last win over Portland was
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