Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
Trail Blazers100Final
Game 2: Friday, February 25th
Trail Blazers102

Trail Blazers 100

(11-11, 4-8 away)

Hawks 84

(4-19, 2-11 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:30 PM ET, December 17, 2004

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 21 22 29 28100
    ATL 14 25 25 2084

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Miles 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

    Atl: J. Smith 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Portland snaps two-game skid

    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.

    Randolph scored 23 points, and Darius Miles added 20 to lead the Trail Blazers to a 100-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

    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 Cheeks said.

    Randolph, a 6-foot-9 forward, made eight shots, and had 10 rebounds and three assists.

    "I'm just trying to be like Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan," he said of the NBA All-Stars.

    The Trail Blazers got back to the .500 mark with the victory (11-11).

    "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 and attack."

    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 Miles.

    "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.

    Game notes

    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 99-90 on Jan. 8, 2002.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 84
    FGM-FGA 41-71 (.577) 32-89 (.360)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 16-27 (.593)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-41 19-39
    Assists 25 18
    Turnovers 25 20
    Steals 9 13
    Blocks 10 2
    Fast Break Points 17 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 7

    Top Performers

    Darius Miles Miles
    Points: 20
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 3
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 14
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1