|New York @ Portland|
|83 - 95|
Randolph had 29 points and 12 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers kept the New York Knicks winless with a 95-83 victory Wednesday night.
Randolph, who averaged in double figures in both points and rebounds when he was the league's Most Improved Player in 2003-04, injured his knee midway through last season and had microfracture surgery.
''I felt good out there,'' he said. ''I'm just trying to get my confidence back.''
Randolph hit a 20-footer, then added a pair of free throws to make it 85-72 and the Blazers sailed the rest of the way for their second straight win. Darius Miles added 26 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 15 points.
Portland evened its record under new coach Nate McMillan at 2-2, with both its victories coming at the Rose Garden.
''I was especially pleased with Zach. I thought his focus was there tonight,'' McMillan said.
In their first season under new coach Larry Brown, the Knicks are 0-4.
Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 15 points, while Eddy Curry had 14 points and nine rebounds.
''We fell apart. That is exactly what happened in a lot of games last year,'' Crawford said. ''We were in a lot of games last year, but it's the same thing this season so far.''
The Blazers were cold in the first half, making just 15 of 46 shots from the floor. They were 1-for-10 on 3-pointers as the Knicks took a 49-39 lead at halftime.
Portland opened the second half with a 10-0 run that was capped by Sebastian Telfair 's layup. Ruben Patterson 's layup finally gave the Blazers the lead at 58-57.
Patterson and Miles added back-to-back driving dunks to make it 62-57. Patterson finished with 17 points.
Telfair dished off a perfect pass to Patterson for a slam dunk to make it 71-65 with 9:35 left.
''Man, it was a total team effort,'' Patterson said.
The anticipated matchup between Knicks guard Stephon Marbury and Telfair, his cousin, fizzled at the start. Telfair got into foul trouble early and played less than five minutes in the first half.
Telfair fouled out with 2:44 left. He finished with 10 points.
Marbury had 13 points and four assists.
''We came out and played like we were up by 50 points. We didn't play with any sense of urgency in the second half,'' Marbury said.
Both teams continued to tinker with different lineups.
Russian rookie Sergei Monia was back as the Blazers' starting shooting guard after being activated from the inactive list for Saturday's game.
For the second straight game, Brown experimented with his three rookies - Channing Frye , Nate Robinson and David Lee - playing all three at the same time.
''Once we struggle, it seems like it just snowballs,'' Brown said. ''It's the coaching, I have to do a much better job.''
Portland was the first stop of a six-game road trip for Brown and the Knicks, during a stretch when New York plays 12 of its next 16 games away from home.
Notes: Former Blazer and Knick Chris Dudley was at the game. ... New York hasn't won in Portland since a 93-89 victory on March 26, 2000. ... The Blazers have won seven of the last 10 against the Knicks. ... Miles at times clutched his back and looked uncomfortable after a couple of falls, but said he'd be fine for the game against Detroit on Friday.