Portland at New Jersey

Blazers top Nets, end four-game losing streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Spurred by a video review of their recent failures, the Portland Trailblazers raced out to an early lead and never looked back in ending a four-game losing streak.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and 16 rebounds as the Blazers beat the New Jersey Nets 86-68 victory on Saturday night after spending the morning watching film of their recent failures.

"We had a long film session about what we needed to do to be connected on both ends of the floor," Blazers coach Nate McMillian said. "Our turnovers were down and we weren't trying to force 3's. I thought it was our best all-around game."

LaMarcus Aldridge and Jarrett Jack had 12 points apiece and Ime Udoka added 10 for the Blazers, who scored the first 13 points of the game and never relinquished the lead.

The Blazers hit 6 of 7 from the field at the start while the Nets struggled to find the basket, missing their first seven shots.

Vince Carter led the Nets with 18 points. Nenad Krstic had 13, Jason Kidd 12 and Bostjan Nachbar 11.

"We just didn't come out in the first quarter and that was pretty much the game," Kidd said. "We just didn't have the energy that Portland did. They came out aggressive, made a lot of shots and we didn't."

The Nets shot 33 percent from the field (23-of-69) and were 20-of-32 from the free throw line as their string of games with 100 or more points ended at five.

"We just put ourselves in the hole," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "You start pressing a little bit and start getting away from some rhythm opportunities."

The Blazers led by as many as 18 and finished the opening quarter leading 25-8. Randolph set the pace with seven points and seven rebounds.

"We got them into the tempo we wanted to play," Randolph said. "We slowed them down and they didn't get to run. We came out hard and we needed a game like this."

The eight points equaled the Nets' record for fewest in an opening period.

Portland remained solidly in command with a 43-26 lead at the half as Jamaal Magloire came off the bench to score six points in the second quarter. New Jersey shot a frigid 8-for-34 through two periods.

The Nets made a push in the third, going on a 12-5 run. Kidd provided four points to cut Blazers' lead to 52-42, but the rally stalled when the Blazers' Martell Webster scored the next four points.

Portland rolled to a 67-48 lead after three and cruised through the final period.

Notes

  • The Nets showcased an alternate jersey: red, white letters and numbers with blue trim.
  • The Nets now embark on the annual Thanksgiving week road trip during which they play Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers. Over the last five years, the Nets have gone 8-16 on this trip.
  • The Nets have not set a date for Richard Jefferson's return from a sprained left ankle. The forward missed a fifth straight game. "Richard's heart wants him to be out on the court, but medically speaking, it's not right now," Frank said.
  • The Nets scored only eight points in the first quarter twice before: Feb. 12, 2003 vs. Memphis and Nov. 26, 2004 vs Seattle.
  • The 68 points was a season low for the Nets and the 18 points was their worst margin of defeat this year.
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Scoreboard
Portland (5-6) «2518241986
New Jersey (5-4) 818222068
POR:Z. Randolph 20 Pts
POR:Z. Randolph 16 Reb
POR:J. Jack 8 Ast
NJ:V. Carter 18 Pts
NJ:A. Wright 8 Reb
NJ:J. Kidd 6 Ast
Players of the Game
New JerseyPortland

V. Carter

Z. Randolph
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
186220162
Portland
J. Jack, PG384-54-538412
I. Udoka, SF363-72-261510
L. Aldridge, PF345-92-232412
Z. Randolph, PF327-176-7162220
S. Graham, SG10-00-00000
J. Dixon, SG302-43-31328
M. Webster, SG272-92-24147
T. Outlaw, PF182-60-02124
J. Magloire, C144-51-25039
D. Dickau, PG72-40-01304
S. Rodriguez, PG30-00-00100
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
B. Roy, SGDid Not Play
Totals 31-6620-2341222686
 47.0%87.0% 
New Jersey
A. Wright, SG374-100-38229
J. Kidd, PG363-116-666312
V. Carter, SG366-156-862518
N. Krstic, C345-103-770313
J. Collins, C180-31-25141
B. Nachbar, SF293-84-431111
C. Robinson, PF221-50-24122
M. Williams, PG191-50-00302
M. Moore, C50-10-03120
H. Adams, SG30-10-01000
J. McInnis, PGDid Not Play
E. House, PGDid Not Play
R. Jefferson, SFDid Not Play
M. Ilic, CDid Not Play
J. Boone, PFDid Not Play
Totals 23-6920-3243172268
 33.3%62.5% 
Other Games
Mia 93 Final
Atl 88
Char 83 Final
Orl 97
Cle 99 Final
Wash 111
Hou 92 Final
Det 104
Bos 122 Final
NY 118
NO 99 Final
Min 96
Mem 84 Final
Dal 89
Ind 102 Final
Mil 100
Tor 109 Final
Den 117
Pho 117 Final
Utah 120
Sea 95 Final
GS 107
Phi 97 Final
LAC 103