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Aldridge, Roy help Blazers take season series over Wizards

Mar 21, 2007 - 6:14 AM PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas will have to wait until next season to stick it to Nate McMillan.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and fellow rookie Brandon Roy had 19 and 12 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers completed a season series sweep over the Washington Wizards, 100-98.

Arenas voiced his displeasure with several coaches on the United States national team, including McMillan, after being cut from the squad last summer.

The two-time All-Star vowed to blitz Portland for 50 points in their first matchup in February, but was held to just 3-of-15 shooting in a 94-73 loss. Arenas' struggles continued in this one, connecting on 4-of-16 shots for 19 points.

"They did a great job of containing me," Arenas said. "I learned from the first time we played them. I was going to go out and play aggressive, but I wasn't going to go for 50."

"We didn't give (Arenas) any looks," McMillan said. "It was just a solid effort for everyone who had him. Every look he had, we had a hand in his face."

In the fourth quarter, Roy and Martell Webster combined to score seven straight points as the Trail Blazers grabbed the lead for good at 92-89 with 1:20 remaining.

Antawn Jamison drained a 3-pointer and Arenas later scored on a layup with 10 seconds left as Washington closed to 99-98.

Jarrett Jack split two free throws with seven seconds to go, giving the Wizards one last chance to win it or send the game into overtime. But Arenas fired an airball on the final shot.

"I was going to go for the game-winner but Roy pushed up on me so I went for the layup," Arenas said. "Jarrett was going to take the charge so I decided to throw the floater."

Jamison had 27 points and 12 rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson netted 17 for the Wizards, who have not lost three in a row to Portland since an eight-game slide from 1999-2002.

"There were a few minutes down the stretch were we didn't get any key rebounds," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. "But there were other minutes in the game where we didn't get things done but they were a good team defensively."

The Trail Blazers were without leading scorer Zach Randolph, who was granted bereavement leave on Monday.








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