Outlaw leads Trail Blazers to rout of KingsOct 20, 2007 - 5:12 AM By Kasey Postlewaite PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Travis Outlaw, LaMarcus Aldridge and Martell Webster were a three-headed monster as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 101-77, Friday night at the Rose Garden.
Outlaw scored 24 points off the bench while Aldridge and Webster added 18 and 17 respectively.
Aldridge got the Blazers out early by hitting his first three shots for a quick 6-0 lead. Sacramento answered back with a 15-3 run, capped by a Mike Bibby three-pointer - his only points - at the 3:41 mark. Portland responded by ending the quarter on a 11-4 spurt to reclaim a 21 -19 lead.
In the second, forwards Webster and Outlaw, who happen to be battling each other for the starting small forward position, sparked the Trail Blazers and their new up-tempo style.
Webster's three-pointer at the 5:36 mark gave Portland a 39-31 lead while Outlaw scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Blazers kept it going in the third with a combined effort. Steve Blake's free-throws with 5:59 made it 64-45 and Sacramento added to its own woes by picking up three technical fouls, one apiece by Bibby and center Brad Miller to go along with a delay of game. Channing Frye's free-throw ended the quarter and Portland claimed a commanding 76-58 lead.
Webster didn't let six stitches above his right eye slow him down in the fourth. After colliding with teammate center Joel Przybilla on a rebound attempt, Webster left the court, got doctored up, then responded by converting an alley-oop dunk and hitting a three on his next possession, making it 83-62.
Portland's Brandon Roy, last season's Rookie of the Year, was in the lineup for the first time. He has been bothered by a sore left heel and played just the first and third quarters, scoring nine points with two assists. To compensate for Roy's return, Steve Blake moved to point guard and Jarrett Jack came off the bench.
The Kings were without leading scorer Kevin Martin (bruised left shin) and Ron Artest played just two minutes. John Salmons, who started in place of Martin, scored 14 points.
PORTLAND 101 FINAL
Oct 20 12:28 AM
PORTLAND 76 END, 3RD QTR
Oct 19 11:57 PM
PORTLAND 47 HALFTIME
Oct 19 11:08 PM
PORTLAND 21 END, 1ST QTR
Oct 19 10:36 PM
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