Blazers Outlast Sonics’ Duo
Posted Jul 16 2007 12:54AM
Portland 84, Seattle 78
Las Vegas, July 15 -- The Portland Trail Blazers were able to withstand the future of the Seattle Sonics, finishing summer league play with an 84-78 victory.
Stefano Mancinelli’s three-pointer with 32 seconds left pushed the Blazers lead to 83-78 and sealed the game. The Sonics had tied the game twice in the final minutes, but never led the entire game.
Green had a game-high 32 points (10-18 FG, 10-14 FT) and 13 rebounds, showing his combination of skill and power in the defeat.
“I have total confidence in Jeff Green,” Durant said of his new teammate. “I flow off of him on the court and when he is on, I am on.”
Durant dazzled the crowd with his outside touch and a couple flying one-hand dunks. He had 28 points (8-19 FG, 11-13 FT) in 38 minutes of play.
“I was nervous coming into summer league,” Durant said of his first NBA games. “I got better as an individual and we got better as a team throughout the league.”
Zendon Hamilton powered his way to a double-double for the Blazers, scoring 19 points (5-8 FG, 9-13 FT) and grabbing 10 rebounds in the win. Martell Webster had a nice shooting outing, scoring 16 points (6-10 FG), including nailing four three-pointers.
Seattle finishes league play with an 0-5 record, while Portland goes home at 2-3.