Trail Blazers 101, Suns 94

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—The Portland Trail Blazers lost their first-half lead—and kept their composure.

Zach Randolph had 29 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Blazers to a 101-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

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.”

Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace each added 15 points for the Trail Blazers.

Shawn Marion had 20 points for the Suns, who have lost six straight road games. Stephon Marbury added 11 points and 17 assists, and Penny Hardaway had 15 points.

“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.

Notes

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.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Phoenix
S. Marbury S. Marbury
3-11,  11 Pts
4 Rebs, 17 Assists
 Portland
Z. Randolph Z. Randolph
10-23,  29 Pts
20 Rebs, 3 Assists

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