Randolph Comes Through for Blazers
Portland 94, Atlanta 93
PORTLAND, Oregon, Nov. 5 (Ticker) -- In a matchup of last-letter guys, Zach Randolph had the last word against Zaza Pachulia.
Randolph tracked down an offensive rebound, drew a questionable foul from Pachulia and made the go-ahead free throw with two-tenths of a second remaining to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 94-93 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta's Josh Childress sank two free throws before Pachulia made another big play. Not known for his defense, he created a turnover by poking the ball away from a driving Randolph, leading to Joe Johnson's driving layup that tied it, 93-93, with 17 seconds remaining.
Portland's Sebastian Telfair drove for a layup that bounced out as he hit the floor. Randolph grabbed the rebound with his back to the basket as Pachulia stumbled over Telfair and slightly into Randolph, who flipped up a shot without looking as the whistle blew.
Hawks coach Mike Woodson was not happy with the call, but Randolph made the first free throws, then intentionally missed the second.
Randolph had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Telfair scored 18 points for the Trail Blazers, who had lost their first two games on the road by a combined 43 points.
Johnson scored 23 points and Pachulia added 12 for the Hawks, who head home after opening the season with an 0-3 road trip.
Despite the matchup of two of the NBA's youngest and least experienced teams - there are a combined seven players 21 or younger on the rosters - the game was entertaining and pretty well-played.
Salim Stoudamire scored 15 points for Atlanta and fellow rookie Jarrett Jack tallied 10 for Portland. However, second overall pick Marvin Williams managed just one point before fouling out for Atlanta.
A follow shot by Pachulia gave Atlanta an 81-77 lead with 9:02 to play before the Hawks went cold. Randolph had a pair of hoops in a 10-0 surge that gave the Blazers an 87-81 advantage with 5:04 left.