NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Portland
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Portland 94, Atlanta 93
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph hit the game-winning free throw with two-tenths of a second remaining, lifting Portland over the Atlanta Hawks, 94-93, in the Trail Blazers home opener at the Rose Garden.
Randolph ended with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which benefited from a questionable call from referee Bennie Adams to escape with their first win of the regular season. Sebastian Telfair added 18 points for the Blazers, who had dropped their first two games of the season.
Joe Johnson, who hit a game-tying layup with 17 seconds left, ended with 23 points and seven assists for the Hawks, who ended a season-opening three-game road trip winless.
Following Johnson's bucket, Portland called a timeout to regroup. Darius Miles inbounded the ball to Telfair, who carried across half court and drove to the basket. His running attempt was off the mark, but Randolph grabbed the rebound and turned to go back up with the ball.
It appeared Randolph lost the ball on his own on a turnaround attempt. However, Adams called Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia with a foul. Adams was on the baseline, but Pachulia's back was towards the ref, seemingly blocking him of a view of a foul call.
The officials went to replay only to see if time was left on the clock when the foul was called, not to determine if it was a foul.
It was decided that two-tenths of a second would be put on the clock and Randolph got two shots. He hit the first attempt after Atlanta tried to ice him with a timeout and then intentionally missed the second.
The Hawks didn't have enough time to do anything with the rebound.
"I can't question the officials, but going back and looking at it on tape from my angle, he was blocked out on the play and couldn't even see it," Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson said of the call. "It was a helluva game. Both teams played their butts off. To end it like that is unbelievable, but what can you do? It's over with now. I think when you make a call like that, you have to be in position to see it. And from my take, he was not in position. He (Randolph) clearly just lost the ball. He flopped and lost the ball."
Miles finished with 14 points for the Blazers, who have won eight in a row over the Hawks.
"I'm happy that we won. My performance, me coming out being and being aggressive, it helps the team," Telfair said. "If I'm being aggressive, Zach and D-Miles get easy baskets. If you got to guard me outside, let those guys go to work inside."
Portland led 24-21 after one quarter and held a 50-48 edge heading into the locker room.
The game remained close in the third with Johnson's three-pointer just over a minute into the stanza giving the Hawks a 61-60 edge. Portland later regained a three-point led, but Josh Childress' trey midway through the stanza tied the game at 59-59.
Portland later went ahead by as many as six points, 67-61, on a Joel Pryzbilla free throw with under four minutes on the clock. However, Atlanta closed the period on an 11-3 burst to go into the fourth with a 72-71 advantage. Josh Smith's two free throws at the end of the third gave Atlanta its first lead since the early stages of the quarter.
Rookie Salim Stoudamire had 15 points and second-year forward Smith had 14 points for the Hawks...Atlanta shot 47.3 percent from the floor...Portland hit 42.9 percent of its shots...This was the first of a five-game homestand for the Blazers.
11/06 03:44:01 ET