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Portland at Seattle

Blazers spoil Sonics' potentially final season opener in Seattle

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Brandon Roy had just taken over his first NBA game while playing in front of his hometown family, friends and former college coaches, who were sitting in the third row.

He ran the Portland offense in the second half. He followed coach Nate McMillan's halftime demand to shoot more off the countless screens that the Trail Blazers kept setting for the former Washington All-American. He made 10 of 16 shots in a dazzling NBA debut.

So what did his new teammates give Roy after his 20 points and Zach Randolph's 30 -- including six straight to erase a nine-point deficit -- allowed Portland to beat the Seattle SuperSonics 110-106 Wednesday night and end the Blazers' 16-game losing streak?

Rookie hazing.

"C'mon Rook! Let's go! Shower!" Roy's veteran mates bellowed as Roy beamed and basked in his night -- while still in full uniform almost 30 minutes after his coming-out party ended.

"I'll remember this forever," Roy said. "Not only to play well, but to win the game. It was an incredible feeling."

Randolph's instant assessment?

"All-Star," he said, meaning now instead of perhaps the few years McMillan had said it may take Roy to get there. "He's my rookie of the year already. First game."

Randolph's 14-for-15 free throw shooting, Travis Outlaw's free throw with 18 seconds left -- which gave Portland its first lead since the second quarter -- and Ime Udoka's rebound of Outlaw's miss and subsequent foul shots with 16 seconds to go were the decisive plays that spoiled the 40th and perhaps final season opener for Seattle.

Roy stole new Sonics owner Clay Bennett's show before a sold-out crowd. Bennett has said he could move the team if he doesn't have a commitment by next summer for a new arena in the Seattle area.

Rashard Lewis had 25 points but rushed a 3-point miss late when the Sonics had the lead and needed to run off some time.

Luke Ridnour added 22 points and 13 assists for Seattle, which controlled all but two stretches -- early in the second quarter and the end of the game.

"We didn't manage the clock very well," Sonics coach Bob Hill, remembering another quick shot from Damien Wilkins.

Roy and Seattle All-Star Ray Allen guarded each other throughout. Allen was just 3-for-7 shooting in the first half, but 6-for-13 after halftime to finish with 22 points.

But he missed an open 3-pointer off a set play with five seconds left and Seattle down 108-106. Wilkins missed a follow from the baseline to essentially end it.

Roy scored eight points in the final 3:14 of the third period to pull Portland within 78-76 entering the fourth. Then his jumper that beat the shot clock buzzer with just over two minutes left pulled Portland within 101-98, after Seattle had gone back up by 8.

"He is a great player," Lewis said.

Randolph's two free throws tied it at 104 to set up the finish and a win for the NBA's worst team last season (21-61).

A 16-0 Portland run in the first half erased Seattle's early, 12-point lead and gave the Blazers their only lead before the late rally.

Now is Roy up to doing this 81 more times?

"That's the scary part," Roy said. "Man, you get four more games before next week."

Mouhamed Sene, Seattle's 20-year-old, first-round draft choice from Senegal, sprained his right ankle diving for a loose ball in the third quarter. He hobbled directly to the locker room after not scoring and getting two rebounds in 12 minutes.

He returned to ride an exercise bike behind the bench but not play. Hill said Sene could have, but that the Sonics needed more offense late.

Sene was starting because Robert Swift is out for the season with a torn ACL and Danny Fortson was suspended for one game because of a flagrant foul in a preseason game.

Notes

  • Sonics F-C Nick Collison confirmed that the contract extension he agreed to late Tuesday night was for $25 million over four seasons. He could have been a free agent after this season -- and thought he might be until the Sonics bumped their summer offer to $25 million following Collison's impressive preseason. "Basically, me and my family are set for life," Collison said.
  • Portland was 6-35 on the road last season, tied with Houston for the league's worst road record.
  • Blazers owner and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, also owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, sat four seats to the left of Portland coach Nate McMillan during the second half.
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Rookie Brandon Roy and Zach Randolph combine for 50 points as Portland hold off host Seattle. (AP)
Rookie Brandon Roy and Zach Randolph combine for 50 points as Portland hold off host Seattle. (AP)

Scoreboard
Portland (1-0) «20282834110
Seattle (0-1) 24272728106
POR:Z. Randolph 30 Pts
POR:Z. Randolph 10 Reb
POR:J. Jack 6 Ast
SEA:R. Lewis 25 Pts
SEA:R. Lewis 8 Reb
SEA:L. Ridnour 13 Ast
Players of the Game
SeattlePortland

L. Ridnour

Z. Randolph
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2251330102
Portland
J. Jack, PG443-87-866313
B. Roy, G3510-160-032320
Z. Randolph, PF348-1814-15102230
I. Udoka, G263-43-421210
J. Przybilla, C130-11-44031
T. Outlaw, PF244-61-22029
J. Dixon, SG238-102-211218
J. Magloire, C193-40-05026
M. Webster, G141-30-04113
R. LaFrentz, PF80-30-03010
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
D. Dickau, PGDid Not Play
S. Graham, GDid Not Play
L. Aldridge, FDid Not Play
S. Rodriguez, GDid Not Play
Totals 40-7328-35401321110
 54.8%80.0% 
Seattle
R. Lewis, SF429-194-581425
L. Ridnour, PG4210-171-1513422
R. Allen, SG399-202-213022
C. Wilcox, C237-93-460617
M. Sene, F120-10-02010
D. Wilkins, SF235-114-440214
E. Watson, PG200-64-42604
N. Collison, PF181-40-02042
J. Petro, C160-20-04040
M. Gelabale, F50-10-00000
D. Fortson, PFDid Not Play
M. Wilks, PGDid Not Play
K. Rush, SGDid Not Play
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
D. Farmer, GDid Not Play
Totals 41-9018-20342325106
 45.6%90.0% 
Other Games
Ind 106 Final
Char 99
Atl 75 Final
Phi 88
Chi 94 Final
Orl 109
NO 91 Final
Bos 87
Tor 92 Final
NJ 102
Wash 94 Final
Cle 97
Sac 83 Final
Min 92
Mil 105 Final
Det 97
NY 118 Final
Mem 117
Hou 97 Final
Utah 107
LAL 110 Final
GS 98
LAC 104 Final
Pho 112