Portland (27-28) at Miami (25-32)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Feb 23, 2004
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The Portland Trail Blazers took control of their last game without barely breaking a sweat.

They likely won’t have that luxury as they begin a four-game road trip against the surging Miami Heat.

After scoring the first 22 points, the Blazers never looked back in Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics en route to a 105-84 victory.

Portland held Boston scoreless for the first 6:16 of the game and limited the Celtics to 35 percent shooting overall.

“I have never been involved in a game before where our team had a 22-0 lead,” Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Zach Randolph had 27 points and 15 rebounds while Damon Stoudamire added 16 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who have won three straight. Qyntel Woods scored a career-high 16 points in 23 minutes off the bench for Portland, which shot 52 percent and had 28 assists on 38 baskets.

Miami has won four in a row to move 1 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat will be looking for five consecutive victories for the first time since winning six straight from Jan. 14-22, 2002. Miami, which has the NBA’s third-worst scoring average, has scored 107.5 points per game during its current win streak.

Dwayne Wade has been outstanding during the last four games, averaging 27 points on 60 percent shooting (39-of-65).

The former Marquette standout outplayed his more-heralded rookie classmate, Carmelo Anthony, in Saturday’s 97-81 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Wade had 28 points—including an array of fourth-quarter dunks that helped seal the win—while Anthony scored 16 on 3-of-20 shooting.

“Every night I get on the court, I like to prove that the rookie class is more than two guys,” said Wade, who shot 13-for-24 and had 16 points in the second half. “Just because I’m playing against one of them doesn’t mean I’m trying to go out and outplay them; I want to outdo them by my team getting the victory.”

STANDINGS (through Feb. 21): Trail Blazers - 3rd place, 13 GB, Pacific Division. Heat - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Trail Blazers - F Darius Miles, F Randolph, C Theo Ratliff, G Derek Anderson, G Stoudamire. Heat - F Caron Butler, F Lamar Odom, C Brian Grant, G Wade, G Eddie Jones.

TEAM LEADERS: Trail Blazers - Randolph, 20.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg; Stoudamire, 6.4 apg. Heat - Jones, 17.7 ppg; Odom, 9.8 rpg; Odom and Rafer Alston, 4.4 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Trail Blazers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 19; Trail Blazers, 94-93. At Portland, Woods hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to complete the Blazers’ comeback from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Trail Blazers - 9-18 on the road; Heat - 17-10 at home.

INJURIES: Trail Blazers - G Eddie Gill (knee); F Travis Outlaw (knee). Heat - C Wang Zhizhi (ankle); F Samaki Walker (ankle); F Jerome Beasley (back); F Malik Allen (back).

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