Instead, there was quiet resolve.
“Coach came in, and he was calm. He said just keep chipping away,” Zach Randolph said. “And we did.”
Randolph had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and the Blazers climbed out of a 24-point deficit to beat the Kings 112-110 in overtime Thursday night.
The Blazers rallied to tie it five times in the second half but could not take over the lead until overtime.
Coach Maurice Cheeks confirmed it was a mellow halftime, even though the Blazers appeared to be in an insurmountable situation.
“I told them the game starts now,” Cheeks said. “They thought it started at 8:30 or 9 p.m. because we didn’t start playing until then.
“I just told them to hang in there.”
After he was fouled with 5.8 seconds left, Wallace missed his first free throw but made his second, and the Blazers went ahead 112-110 before Bibby missed an 18-footer at the buzzer to give Portland the win.
Randolph also had a key block on Bibby’s attempted layup late in overtime.
“We’ve thrown away a couple of games like this already this season,” Bibby said. “I had a wide-open shot to keep it going but I missed it.”
Bonzi Wells had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, and Wallace had 26 points as Portland improved to 5-1 at home.
Bibby had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. Peja Stojakovic had 27 points.
Randolph squeezed Sacramento’s lead to 103-101 when he made a layup and was fouled with 1:26 left in regulation. Tony Massenburg answered with a short jumper, but Wallace hit a turnaround jumper to keep it close at 105-103.
Randolph hit a pair of free throws with 23.1 seconds left to tie it at 105. Bibby missed a 3-pointer as time ran out, and Massenburg was unable to tip it in.
It was Randolph’s fifth double-double in eight games.
The Blazers mounted their vigorous comeback in the third quarter, narrowing it to 71-69 on Wallace’s 3-pointer and Stoudamire’s follow-up 22-foot-jumper.
Wallace’s turnaround jumper made it 76-76, but the Blazers couldn’t take over the lead in a heated half that was marked by three technical fouls—two by the Kings and one by Portland—and Wells’ flagrant foul on Tony Massenburg.
Wells opened the fourth with a driving layup to make it 84-84, but Qyntel Woods missed a fastbreak layup that would have given the Blazers the lead. Bobby Jackson’s 3-pointer put the Kings back ahead.
“Playing at their place, I had a feeling they would make a run,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “I just hoped we’d make more plays to hold them off and we didn’t do it.”
It was the first of four meetings between the Western Conference rivals. Last season the Kings were 3-1, with two wins coming in Portland.
The Kings jumped out to a 20-6 lead and outscored the Blazers 34-18 in the first quarter.
Portland kept it closer in the second, with 27 points to Sacramento’s 29, but the Kings led 63-45 at halftime.
Bibby had 12 points and already had a Kings’ season-high 13 assists by theend of the half.
Kings forward Starter Brad Miller left the game in the third quarter and didn’t return. Later he was icing his right hand, but his injury had not been determined. … The Trail Blazers signed Cheeks to a one-year contract extension before Thursday’s game. Terms of the deal for Cheeks, in his third year with Portland, were not released. … Phil Ford holds Sacramento’s franchise record when it comes to assists, with 22 in a game back in 1979. …Bibby’s career high for assists is 18.
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