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Jack, Outlaw help Blazers end four-game skid

Apr 15, 2007 - 5:49 AM PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Jarrett Jack and the Portland Trail Blazers gave their fans something to cheer about.

Jack scored 25 points and Travis Outlaw added a career high-tying 22 off the bench as the Trail Blazers posted a 108-102 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Martell Webster netted 17 points and Jamaal Magloire had nine and 15 rebounds for Portland, which finished 2-2 in its season series matchup against Seattle.

Taken 23rd in the 2003 draft, Outlaw shot 7-of-15, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and made all six of his free throws.

"The coaches have been working with me every day and helping me with me shooting and it has really helped my confidence a lot," Outlaw said. "Other players are playing back on me cause I'm known as more of a jumper so I'm forced to take the jumpers."

Rashard Lewis scored 17 of his 29 points in the third to help Seattle hold a 28-19 edge in the period and close within 79-78 after three quarters.

Magloire converted a three-point play with 4:03 remaining as Portland built a 99-93 advantage. But Seattle stayed within reach when Chris Wilcox sank two free throws to make it a three-point contest at the 1:31 mark.

However, Outlaw connected on a pull-up jumper and Jack made two foul shots to snap the Trail Blazers' four-game slide.

"We could have come out and played like the game didn't matter," Jack said. "We came hard and fought with it the entire game. Collectively we put together a good effort."

Wilcox had 20 points and 11 boards and Mike Wilks added 17 and 11 assists for his first career double-double for the Sonics, who fell to 11-29 on the road this season.

"We weren't executing plays well," Wilcox said. "We didn't have no energy. It was an off night for us in the first half and we couldn't pull through in the second."

"It still means something but winning comes first," Wilks said of his output. "I wish we could have gotten the victory. We kept it close and got it to three. We just couldn't get over the hump at the end."








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