Golden State (20-15) at Portland (21-13)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Wed Jan 9, 2008
  • TV: FSBA, CSNW
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The Portland Trail Blazers’ surprising surge has been spurred by their longest home winning streak in almost eight years. They look to extend that run to 12 games Wednesday night when they face the Golden State Warriors.

The Trail Blazers (21-13) have won of 16 of their last 17 games overall and 11 in a row at the Rose Garden, including a 105-95 victory over Golden State (20-15) on Dec. 12. They are 16-3 there, tying Dallas for the second-best home record in the Western Conference behind San Antonio’s 17-2 mark.

Portland last won 12 straight home games during a 16-game run from Dec. 23, 1999-Feb. 27, 2000. The team’s current run has moved it into a tie for first in the Northwest Division with Denver.

The Blazers won again at home Saturday when Martell Webster, fourth on the team with 11.2 points per game, made 10 consecutive shots - three 3-pointers - and scored 24 of his career-high 26 points in the third quarter of a 103-89 victory over Utah.

Webster’s dominant performance came after Portland lost star guard Brandon Roy to a bruised tailbone in the first quarter, and helped the Trail Blazers exact some revenge for their only loss since Dec. 2, a 111-101 road defeat to the Jazz on Dec. 31 that snapped their 13-game winning streak.

“I might have been the biggest fan in the gym,” said Roy, who originally suffered the injury in Thursday’s 115-109 double-overtime win at Chicago. “What Martell did was unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of anything like that.”

Roy, the Blazers’ leader with 19.0 points and 5.6 assists per game and last season’s NBA rookie of the year, is uncertain for Wednesday. He had 21 points and seven assists in the last meeting with Golden State.

If he can’t play, Jarrett Jack could be in the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 3. Jack had nine points and five assists in a season-high 38 minutes Saturday.

The third-year player out of Georgia Tech has been used off the bench since starting the first three games of the season - all losses. He’s averaging 10.4 points and 3.6 assists since, and had nine points and six assists against the Warriors on Dec. 12.

Golden State is looking to build on a 130-121 overtime home win over the Spurs on Monday. Baron Davis had 34 points and 14 assists and Stephen Jackson scored 12 of his 29 points in the extra period to help the Warriors rebound from consecutive defeats.

“It was a much-needed victory to scratch that two-game streak we were on,” Davis said. “We were consistent, and especially against the champs, we knew we were going to have to play like that. This is one of those victories that can kind of snap you out of it.”

The Warriors have won five of their last seven road games to improve to 11-8 away from Oakland, but played poorly in their most recent road contest, a 121-99 loss at Dallas last Wednesday. Davis, who leads Golden State in points per game (22.4) and assists (8.2), was held to 2-of-14 shooting and 10 points with six assists.

He was better Dec. 12 at Portland, scoring 23 points and recording 11 assists.

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