Randolph made the winning free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining,
and the Blazers beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-93 Saturday night in
their home opener.
Randolph had 21 points and rebounds and Sebastian Telfair added
18 points for the Blazers, who lost their first two games of the
Joe Johnson had 23 points and seven assists for the Hawks, who
are 0-3 and have lost eight straight to the Blazers.
Johnson tied it at 93 on a layup with 17 seconds left, and the
Blazers held for the last shot. Telfair let the clock run down
before driving to the hoop. His layup missed, but Randolph grabbed
the rebound and was fouled by Zaza Pachulia on the follow. Time
expired, but officials determined the foul came before the buzzer.
"We wanted to make sure we got the last shot, clear a side and
see if we could get to the basket," Blazers coach Nate McMillan
said. "I though Zach did a nice job of not giving up on the play
and getting to the free throw line."
With an average age of 23.2 years, the Hawks have the youngest
team in the NBA -- the Blazers are the second youngest -- and the
inexperience showed when the Blazers clamped down on Johnson in the
Johnson, acquired in an offseason sign-and-trade with Phoenix,
scored only four points in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks were
unable to take advantage of several opportunities.
"It's frustrating but we had our chances," Atlanta rookie
Marvin Williams said. "We didn't execute and didn't get it done."
Blazers forward Darius Miles had 11 of his 13 points in the
Atlanta had been outscored by an average of 20 points in its
first two games, and the Blazers were coming off a 107-68 loss in
"We were the aggressors tonight -- 42 rebounds, 36 free
throws," McMillan said. "We want to build off this."
The Blazers led 50-48 at halftime before Johnson hit a 3-pointer
to put the Hawks up early in the third quarter.
The Blazers quickly rallied and built a six-point lead when
Jarrett Jack stole the ball scored on a breakaway dunk with just
over five minutes to go.
Both of Johnson's fourth quarter baskets came on key shots down
the stretch. His running hook shot cut the lead to 88-87, and his
backdoor layup tied it before Randolph's free throw.<
^Notes@: Blazers rookie Sergei Monia started at shooting guard after
being activated from the inactive list prior to the game. He had
eight points, six rebounds and five assists. ... Stoudamire's first
NBA appearance in his hometown was hardly acknowledged by the crowd
when he checked in in the first quarter. ... The Hawks' last win in
Portland came on Dec. 15, 1997.
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