Trail Blazers 94, Hawks 93

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Zach Randolph’s clutch play and some good defense gave the Portland Trail Blazers their first win of the season.

Randolph made the winning free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining, and the Blazers beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-93 Saturday night in their home opener.

Randolph had 21 points and rebounds and Sebastian Telfair added 18 points for the Blazers, who lost their first two games of the season.

Joe Johnson had 23 points and seven assists for the Hawks, who are 0-3 and have lost eight straight to the Blazers.

Johnson tied it at 93 on a layup with 17 seconds left, and the Blazers held for the last shot. Telfair let the clock run down before driving to the hoop. His layup missed, but Randolph grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Zaza Pachulia on the follow. Time expired, but officials determined the foul came before the buzzer.

“We wanted to make sure we got the last shot, clear a side and see if we could get to the basket,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “I though Zach did a nice job of not giving up on the play and getting to the free throw line.”

With an average age of 23.2 years, the Hawks have the youngest team in the NBA—the Blazers are the second youngest—and the inexperience showed when the Blazers clamped down on Johnson in the second half.

Johnson, acquired in an offseason sign-and-trade with Phoenix, scored only four points in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks were unable to take advantage of several opportunities.

“It’s frustrating but we had our chances,” Atlanta rookie Marvin Williams said. “We didn’t execute and didn’t get it done.”

Rookie reserve Salim Stoudamire scored 15 points for the Hawks for the second straight night and Josh Smith had 14 points and Josh Childress added 13 for the Hawks.

Blazers forward Darius Miles had 11 of his 13 points in the first half.

Atlanta had been outscored by an average of 20 points in its first two games, and the Blazers were coming off a 107-68 loss in Denver.

“We were the aggressors tonight—42 rebounds, 36 free throws,” McMillan said. “We want to build off this.”

The Blazers led 50-48 at halftime before Johnson hit a 3-pointer to put the Hawks up early in the third quarter.

The Blazers quickly rallied and built a six-point lead when Jarrett Jack stole the ball scored on a breakaway dunk with just over five minutes to go.

Both of Johnson’s fourth quarter baskets came on key shots down the stretch. His running hook shot cut the lead to 88-87, and his backdoor layup tied it before Randolph’s free throw.


: Blazers rookie Sergei Monia started at shooting guard after being activated from the inactive list prior to the game. He had eight points, six rebounds and five assists. … Stoudamire’s first NBA appearance in his hometown was hardly acknowledged by the crowd when he checked in in the first quarter. … The Hawks’ last win in Portland came on Dec. 15, 1997.

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9-16,  23 Pts
5 Rebs, 7 Assists
Z. Randolph Z. Randolph
7-16,  21 Pts
13 Rebs, 1 Assists

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