Trail Blazers 89, Heat 81

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MIAMI (AP)—The Portland Trail Blazers found a way to do what nobody else could lately—stop Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and Derek Anderson added 20 points to lead the Trail Blazers over the Heat 89-81 Monday night.

The Blazers won their fourth straight and snapped Miami’s four-game winning streak.

Damon Stoudamire added 18 points as Portland evened its record at 28-28, the first time the Blazers have been at .500 since Dec. 31.

“Tonight was a grind-it-out game,” Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. “We had good performances from a lot of guys. We’ve been trying to get to .500 all year, and now we are here. Now we have to stay there.”

Lamar Odom led the Heat with 25 points. Wade, the Eastern Conference player of the week after leading Miami to three double-digit wins, finished with 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

Portland took control with a surge that extended from the third quarter into the fourth. Down by 10 points, the Blazers rallied late in the third and built a nine-point lead early in the fourth.

The Blazers outscored the Heat 30-17 in the fourth quarter, including a 14-0 spurt at the start. Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s corner jumper gave Portland its first lead, 65-64, since early in the second quarter. Stoudamire’s second 3-pointer in the run provided a 73-64 lead.

Meanwhile, the Heat missed their first six shots from the floor. The drought lasted five-plus minutes until Odom converted a three-point play with 6:54 left.

Odom’s drive pulled Miami to 82-79 with 1:27 left, although his missed free throw kept the Heat from cutting further into the lead.

Anderson knocked down a jumper to give the Blazers an 84-79 lead with 43 seconds left.

Wade missed a runner, and Stoudamire hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Blazers.

The Heat, who started the night in seventh place in the East, had won their last four games by an average of 19 points. Wade averaged 27 points in the previous three wins.

The Blazers played much better defense, holding the Heat to 37 points in the second half and 8-of-21 shooting in the fourth quarter.

To contain Wade, the Heat’s top draft pick last year, the Blazers used a trapping defense and limited his drives to the basket.

“We made a concerted effort to trap him with the ball,” Cheeks said. “The most important thing was that when he came off a screen, we had somebody there to double-team him. We did not allow them to run their pick-and-roll game.”

Wade, who has helped carry the Heat into the playoff picture, never managed to get untracked, getting few open looks at the basket.

“They put up a wall,” he said. “They did a good job of containing me from getting to the rim. I have to make better decisions. We didn’t play the way we have been, and I didn’t finish like I have in recent games.”

The Blazers, who started a four-game road trip, hope to make a run at a playoff spot in the competitive West.

“We’re just trying to push forward,” center Theo Ratliff said. “We’re at .500? That’s how much I look at the standings. I don’t really look at them. We just know that every game is important, and we’re trying to get everybody on the same page and be competitive.”

Eddie Jones added 11 points for the Heat, who were 21-3 before Monday when leading after three quarters.

“It was a very disappointing game, obviously,” Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. “To start the fourth quarter with the lead and then to play the way we did was disappointing. But I wasn’t happy with the entire night, even when we had the lead. We played a very individual game, did not get ball movement, andthat is why we finished with 81 points.”


Portland has won six of the last seven meetings in Miami. … Wade’s streak of shooting 50 percent or better was stopped at 11 games. … The Heat dropped to 7-4 at home against Western Conference teams. … The Blazers are 8-2 in their past 10 road games. … Anderson got a technical foul for hanging on the rim following a third-quarter dunk. … Randolph had his 32nddouble-double of the season.

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11-17,  22 Pts
12 Rebs, 2 Assists
L. Odom L. Odom
11-21,  25 Pts
8 Rebs, 4 Assists

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