ST. CHARLES, Mo., Oct. 18 (Ticker) --
The players on the end of the Portland Trail Blazers' bench don't figure to see much action. On Friday night, they made the most of their time.
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Youngsters Zach Randolph
and Qyntel Woods
had big fourth quarters as the Blazers held on for an 87-86 exhibition victory over the Houston Rockets.
Portland again is one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Veterans Scottie Pippen
, Ruben Patterson
and Arvydas Sabonis
sat out, and none of the starters played more than 24 minutes.
Randolph, a second-year power forward buried behind Rasheed Wallace
and Dale Davis
, scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Woods, a rookie small forward who is stuck behind Pippen, Patterson and Bonzi Wells
, scored all six of his in the final period.
Four straight baskets by Randolph gave Portland an 81-71 lead with 4:56 left. Houston fought back within two points before Randolph's layup made it 83-79 with 1:58 to go.
Woods' third long-range jumper of the quarter and a runner by Charles Smith
gave the Blazers an 87-82 lead with 1:01 remaining. A layup by Rockets rookie Tito Maddox
made it 87-86, but he missed a drive in the final seconds.
scored 12 points, Derek Anderson
added 11 and Randolph grabbed nine rebounds for Portland.
scored 17 points, Kenny Thomas
added 14 and Tierre Brown
handed out 10 assists for Houston, which played without Cuttino Mobley
(ankle) and Moochie Norris
Rockets first-round pick Bostjan Nachbar
scored five points. Center Yao Ming
, the top overall pick in the draft, is expected to join the team this weekend.