Golden State (35-42) at Portland (40-37)

Cloudy Currently: Portland, OR
Temp: 79° F
  • Game info: 10:00 pm EDT Wed Apr 7, 2004
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The Portland Trail Blazers have qualified for the playoffs an NBA-best 21 consecutive seasons. They’re fighting to keep that streak alive.

Portland will try to win for the 11th time in 15 games when it hosts the Golden State Warriors.

The Blazers are tied with the Denver Nuggets for ninth place in the Western Conference. They trail the eighth-place Utah Jazz by a half-game for the final playoff spot, and are two-games behind the seventh-place Houston Rockets.

Portland has not missed the playoffs since 1982, the second-longest active streak in professional sports. The St. Louis Blues have made the NHL playoffs 25 straight seasons.

The Blazers have five games remaining, but four of those are against teams in playoff contention.

Damon Stoudamire scored 24 points Tuesday, and Zach Randolph added 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Blazers to a 91-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We just know how important these games are,” Randolph said. “This is a big momentum boost for us, to beat one of the best teams.”

While the Warriors will miss the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season, they are closing the regular season in impressive fashion.

Troy Murphy scored 20 points Tuesday, and Jason Richardson added 19 to lead the Warriors to a 97-90 win over the Houston Rockets. Golden State has won 10 of its last 12.

Speedy Claxton, who had missed the previous 20 games with a broken right hand, added 16 points and five assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

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