NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Portland
(Wednesday, November 25th)
Final Score: Portland 93, New Jersey 83
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Greg Oden scored 18 points and Portland moved the Nets closer to an NBA record for futility to start a season in a 93-83 victory at the Rose Garden.
The Nets are 0-15 and with two more losses can tie the league mark for the worst start to a season, held by the 1988-89 expansion Miami Heat and tied by the LA Clippers in the lockout-shortened 1999 season.
The Nets play in Sacramento Friday night before taking on the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers Sunday at Staples Center. New Jersey's 18th game of the season is at home against Dallas next Wednesday.
Brandon Roy added 13 points for Portland, which never trailed in the game, but was tied with the Nets at one juncture in the third quarter. Rudy Fernandez and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 12, while Martell Webster and Andre Miller netted 10 each in the win, Portland's third in a row and 10th in 12 games.
"It was a team effort and all the guys played well, especially in that fourth quarter when we all came through and brought a lot of energy," said Oden. "We came together and pulled away."
Brook Lopez notched a career-best 32 points to go with 14 rebounds for the Nets. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 18 points in defeat.
"It's no consolation prize, but the way played tonight is a whole lot more in indicative, regardless of the result," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank. "I thought Brook was tremendous. He really asserted himself; his moves were straight-line moves. He was working on attacking the rim and played with great force."
Portland led 49-44 at the half, but the Nets stayed right with the host team in the earl part of the third, tying the game at 54 on a layup from Rafer Alston at the midway point of the period.
The Blazers took control again by scoring the next eight points, four of them on dunks - one from Joel Przybilla and another from Aldridge on an alley-oop feed from Miller.
A layup from Lopez ended the third with the Nets trailing, 62-56, but they fell behind by double digits early in the fourth. A three-pointer from Fernandez extended Portland's lead to 72-61 with 8:49 remaining. Oden's dunk with 5:44 left made it an 82-66 margin and the Nets never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Portland held a 28-23 lead after the first quarter The Nets cut the deficit to one midway through the second, but Portland scored 11 in a row for a 45-33 advantage.
Portland has won four straight and six of the last seven meetings...New Jersey has lost 12 of its last 14 at Portland...Przybilla had 10 rebounds...The Nets went 1-of-6 from three-point range, while the Blazers went 9-of-17...Portland is an impressive 30-5 all-time at home vs. New Jersey...The Trail Blazers have won six straight home games with an average margin of victory of 17.2 points.
11/26 01:39:34 ET