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Hot Trail Blazers go for sixth straight triumph

Dec 22, 2006 - 3:35 PM Toronto (11-15) at Portland (12-14) 10:00 pm EST

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are as hot as they have been in a long time.

Portland goes for its sixth straight win on Friday when they host the Toronto Raptors.

The Trail Blazers have not won six consecutive games since they won eight straight from December 14-30, 2002. Portland won its fifth straight game on Wednesday when it edged the Houston Rockets, 89-87.

Zach Randolph, who is averaging 25.3 points per game, led the Blazers with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jarret Jack chipped in with 13 points and Travis Outlaw 12 for Portland, which shot 44 percent from the field.

The Blazers also got some good news in the return of guard Brandon Roy. The rookie, who sat out 20 games with a bad heel, played 24 minutes and finished with nine points.

The Raptors have also played well in winning four of its last five. Toronto's last win was a 98-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. T.J. Ford hit a buzzer-beater from the foul line to give the Raptors the win.

Fred Jones led Toronto with 23 points while Ford scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.