Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Portland Trailblazers Win Their 10th Straight In Dramatic Fashion

Martell Webster scored 19 points while Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each added 18 to help the Portland Trail Blazers extend their winning streak to 10 games with a 99-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

With the game tied at 94, James Jones made the second of two free throws with 36.2 seconds left.After Roy blocked Anthony's try, Travis Outlaw made a pair of free throws to give the Blazers a 97-94 lead. Iverson's driving layup with 6.9 seconds left narrowed the deficit to one.Jarrett Jack made a pair of free throws to extend the lead back to three before Linas Kleiza's 3-pointer was blocked by Outlaw for the final margin.

Portland, which has the longest current winning streak in the NBA, has not won as many consecutive games since the Blazers were victorious in 12 straight in the 2001-02 season. Portland started the streak with a win Dec. 3 at Memphis, after going 5-12 to start the season. Seven of the 10 wins have come at home, where the Blazers are 12-3.

The Trail Blazers beat some pretty decent teams as well in their streak, including Denver twice, Utah Twice, New Orleans, and Toronto. They also pulled ahead of Utah for second in their division and are a mere half game behind Denver for the lead.

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