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Randolph, Blazers hold off Sonics with strong fourth quarter

Nov 2, 2006 - 6:00 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Zach Randolph would not let the Portland Trail Blazers lose.

Randolph posted a double-double and Ime Udoka came up with a crucial offensive rebound as the Trail Blazers posted a 110-106 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in the season opener for both teams.

Rookie Brandon Roy, the sixth overall pick, scored 20 points in his NBA debut for Portland, which erased a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes to secure the victory. Roy, a Seattle native and Washington graduate, shot 10-of-16 in his homecoming.

"I would have been happy scoring eight points and getting a win and that would have been great," Roy said. "To be able to make the tough shots in the third quarter, that's something I can keep in my memory bank for a long time. This is a great chance to come home. The fans were great to me. I couldn't have wished for anything better."

Randolph netted 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The much-maligned forward shot 8-of-18 from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line, including 12 points in the final quarter.

"We just come out and play hard. This team isn't anything like last year," Randolph said. "We got off to a slow start and kept bouncing back. We are going to just leave it all out there on the court and play the whole game. We are a scrappy team.

"I've been working on my free throws the whole summer. I was just stepping up in the clutch."

With the game tied, 104-104, Udoka retrieved a Jarrett Jack miss to set up Travis Outlaw, who was fouled while shooting a baseline jumper. Outlaw made one free throw to give the Trail Blazers the lead for good.

Jack collected 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Blazers, who shot 55 percent (40-of-73).

Luke Ridnour notched his 18th career double-double and Rashard Lewis scored 18 points for Seattle, which shot 46 percent (41-of-90).

Trailing, 108-106, Ray Allen missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than a second remaining.

"They scored buckets down the stretch. It's definitely a learning tool for us," Allen said. "We just didn't close them out. We let them hang around and get easy buckets and we didn't get the easy buckets."

Sonics forward Chris Wilcox scored 17 and pulled down six rebounds in 23 minutes before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

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