PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—The Portland Trail Blazers lost their first-half lead—and kept their composure.
The Blazers, who blew a big lead and had a dismal second half in a 106-99 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday, didn’t give in after Phoenix took the lead in the third quarter.
Portland outscored the Suns 31-22 in the fourth, hitting free throws and playing tough defense.
Portland, which trailed by as many as six in the second half, was 9-of-10 from the line in the final minute.
“We kind of weathered the storm,” guard Wesley Person said. “But we’ll take it. It’s not pretty, but if you want to be a good team, you’ve got to win tough games like this and keep fighting.”
“We had a chance to win and right now that’s all you can ask for,” said Phoenix coach Mike D’Antoni, 1-4 since replacing the fired Frank Johnson last week. “We had a few tough plays, a few tough calls and that is what happens sometimes.”
Portland shot 49.4 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line. The Blazers also outrebounded Phoenix 47-32.
The Blazers used a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to retake the lead. Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer with 7:59 left to make it 80-77. Phoenix battled back and was leading 89-88, but Ruben Patterson scored twice to give Portland a three-point lead with 1:24 to go.
It was Randolph’s 13th double-double of the season and his 15th game with 20 or more points.
“He just won’t be denied,” Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. “He’s kind of a throwback. I know I played with Moses (Malone) and he reminds me a little bit of how Moses played.”
Patterson was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He finished with 14 points.
The Suns snapped a six-game losing streak Sunday with a 92-91 overtime victory over Seattle, earning Mike D’Antoni his first victory as the Suns’coach.
Wallace had a career-high eight assists for Portland. … Blazers forward Qyntel Woods pleaded guilty to violation of basic rule and operating without a driver’s license and paid $325 in fines as a result of the March 29 traffic stop in which he offered his trading card as identification. … Phoenix took three of four from the Blazers last season. … The Suns are 2-10 on the road this season. … Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire is expected to miss four weeks after going on the injured list Dec. 6 with a left anklesprain. The Suns are 1-7 without him.