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Blazers rebound again at home

After losing in LA, Portland beats visiting Philly 89-85 to move back above .500
Dec. 29, 2012

Portland's "Big 3" of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard combined for 58 points and the home court edge provided by the Rose Garden worked its magic again Saturday night as the Trail Blazers beat Philadelphia 89-85 in NBA action.

The win, also sparked by 16 points and 13 rebounds from J.J. Hickson, pushed the Blazers to 15-14, with 11 of the wins at home, including eight in a row.

Batum, who led the Blazers with 22 points, made three free throws in late going to push the lead from three to six.

At 15-14, Portland is tied with Minnesota for seventh place in the Western Conference, and is just a half-game from sixth. The Blazers are also a game away from 10th place in the highly-competitive conference.

 

LOS ANGELES 104, PORTLAND 87

Kobe Bryant's streak of 10 straight 30-point games ended only because he spent the fourth quarter on the bench alongside Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in a blowout win.

The way the Los Angeles Lakers are playing lately, Bryant has reason to hope he'll spend less time cramming boxscores and more time riding the pine.

Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Bryant scored 27 points and the Lakers never trailed in their sixth win in seven games, 104-87 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Pau Gasol had 15 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers closed out their 2012 schedule by climbing back to .500 (15-15) in their rocky season. Los Angeles had little trouble rolling past the Blazers, taking a 20-point lead in the first half and methodically dissecting Portland's defense with another fluid offensive performance.

"It was just energy,'' Bryant said. "We're playing really well. We've just got to keep it going.''

Portland plays host to Philadelphia Saturday night.

Blazers avenge loss in Sacramento

Portland returns home and pounds the Kings' starters in 109-91 route
Dec. 26, 2012

After having their five-game win streak snapped by a team with lockerroom trouble, the Portland Trail Blazers bounced back like a potential playoff team should and beat Sacramento 109-91 Wednesday at the Rose Garden.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blazers.

"The way we played (three) days ago wasn't us,'' said Nicolas Batum, who had 18 points for Portland. "We wanted to get back on track against this team. It was so good to beat them in a big way.''

J.J. Hickson added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and then ran away from the Kings, leading by as many as 26 points. Rookie point guard Damian Lillard had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

John Salmons led the Kings with 19 points. Reserve Isaiah Thomas had 12 points and Jason Thompson added 11. The Kings are 1-12 on the road this season - the only win coming Dec. 8 against the Blazers.

Portland has won nine of its last 10 games at home. The Blazers tied up the season series with the Kings after losing to them 108-96 on Sunday in Sacramento, which snapped the Blazers' five-game winning streak. Sacramento shot 56 percent from the field in that game, but after a good start Wednesday, went cold and shot just 40 percent for the game.

 

SACRAMENTO 108, PORTLAND 96

An inspired line-up of Sacramento Kings rallied from an early deficit to end Portland's five-game win streak with a 108-96 victory over the Blazers Sunday night.

Sacramento, which played without starting center DeMarcus Cousins due a team suspension, scored 15 straight points in the second quarter to turn a 10-point deficit into a five-point lead and pushed it forward from there. Marcus Thornton led the team with 22 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds and J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Portland, which had moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with its win streak.

The loss dropped the Blazers to 13-13 overall and into ninth place with Utah's win over Orlando.

 

PORTLAND 96, PHEONIX 93

Damain Lillard scored 25 points, J.J. Hickson hauled in 15 rebounds and Nicolas Batum doled out eight assists in one of the best team performances of the season for the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night.

Combined with the return of LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers ended a four-game win streak by Phoenix and extended their own to five, 96-93, at the Rose Garden.

Aldridge, who sat out Thursday's win over Denver with an ankle injury, scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

Lillard

 

PORTLAND 101, DENVER 93

Following a stretch of six losses in eight games, the Portland Trail Blazers, somewhat amazingly, moved themselves into the realm of challenging for a playoff spot Thursday night with a 101-93 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 22 points and J.J. Hickson added 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Blazers, who improved to 12-12 while playing without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge sat out the game with an ankle injury that has left in day-to-day as to when he will return to active duty.

Luke Babbitt added 14 points off the bench, including a key three-point shot as Portland pulled away from an 84-81 lead. Portland hit 14 three-pointers from 36 attempts.

The Nuggets could not overcome missing all 22 of their three-point shots and fell to 14-13 overall.

With the win, the Blazers are tied with Phoenix and Toronto for the longest win streak in the NBA at four heading into a home game with Phoenix Saturday night.

 

Annual Teddy Bear Toss set

Fans will shower the Rose Garden's new ice with bears Dec. 15
Dec. 15, 2012

The Portland Winterhawks recently upgraded the ice sheet they play home games on NHL regulation size, and they'll get good use of it Dec. 15 with the annual Teddy Bear Toss.

Upon the game's first goal, fans showed the ice with Teddy Bears, an even that usually halts the game for 15 to 20 minutes as they get collected for distribution to area charities. Annually, the results are more than 10,000 bears collected.

 

Clippers light up the Garden, past Blazers

Jamal Crawford, Portland's big signing last season, takes over in LA win
Nov. 8, 2012

Jamal Crawford showed the crowd at the Rose Garden Thursday just why their team was so passionate about signing him in the summer of 2011.

But, he made his statement in the uniform of the Los Angeles Clippers. leading them to a 103-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crawford, who signed a one-year deal with Portland in 2011, then left for the Clippers following the season, scored a game-high 25 points and helped his team shoot 53 percent from the field in the win.

Chris Paul had 21 points and six assists and was the only Los Angeles player to play more than 29 minutes.

Portland got 23 points and 9 rebounds from Nicolas Batum, who was one of four Blazers starters who played 37 minutes or more.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, while Damian Lillard scored 16 points.

Portland dropped to 2-3 on the season, while the Clippers improved to 4-1.

The Blazers trailed by 25 before rallying to within 86-82 midway through the fourth quarter. Los Angeles outscored Portland 17-8 for the remainder of the game.

Portland returns to action Saturday night with a home game against San Antonio at 7 p.m. At 2-3, the Blazers are tied for the eighth-spot in the West, which has only one team that has not won at least two of its first five games. The Los Angeles Lakers are 1-4.

 

Hawks keep rolling, 6-2 over Victoria

Portland scores its seventh straight win with another balanced effort
Nov. 2, 2012

Another game, another balanced effort produced yet another win for the Portland Winterhawks.

Five different players, led by Nic Petan, scored as the Hawks beat Victoria 6-2 at the Rose Garden.

Petan scored twice, at Ty Rattie added his team-leading 10th goal as Portland fired 49 shots at Victoria goaltender Patrik Polivka, including 30 in the first period on the way to a 3-1 lead.

Brendan Leipsic, Taylor Peters and Taylor Leier also scored for Portland, which plays host to the Rockets again Saturday.


PORTLAND 5, EVERETT 2

Oct. 31, 2012

For the third game in a row, the Portland Winterhawks got goals from at least five players and shot their way past the Everett Silvertips 5-2 at Memorial Coliseum Wednesday night.

Ty Rattie scored his team-leading 9th goal of the season, and Seth Jones, Chase De Leo, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic all let up the net for Portland, which outshot Everett 45-24.

Brendan Burke stopped 22 shots to record the win in goal.

Portland improved to 10-3-1-0, 21 points with the win. The Hawks have outshot every team they've played this season heading into games Friday and Saturday night against Victoria, which is 9-6-0-0, 18 points in the BC Division of the Western Conference.

 

PORTLAND 6, TRI-CITY 0

Oct. 28, 2012

Portland got goals from five different players and four assists from Ty Rattie as they overwhelmed Tri-City 6-0 in a WHL game Sunday night at Memorial Coliseum.

The Hawks scored three times in the opening 10 minutes against their US Division rivals, causing the Americans to replace goaltender Eric Comrie, who had allowed three goals on 11 shots. Brenden Fiebelkorn made 29 saves on 32 shots, but didn't get any help from the team's offense, which fired off just 15 shots on goal during the night.

Mac Carruth stopped all 15 shots to earn his second shutout of the season.

Portland leads the league in defense, having allowed an average of just two goals per game. Since losing at Regina, 3-2, in overtime, Oct. 9, the Hawks have outscored opponents by a combined 27-6.

Portland returns to action Wednesday with a home game against Everett at Memorial Coliseum.

 

PORTLAND 6, SEATTLE 1

Oct. 22, 2012

The depth of the Portland Winterhawks roster showed itself Saturday as six different players scored in a 6-1 win over Seattle in a Western Hockey League game at the Rose Garden.

Seattle scored just 1:35 into the game, but the Hawks took over from there, finishing with a 43-23 edge in shots on goal, and improved to 8-3-1-0, 17 points.

Dominic Turgeon, Troy Rutkowski and Keegan Iverson all scored their first goal of the season and Ty Rattie added his eighth goal to power the Hawks, who have a week off before returning to action against Tri-City at Memorial Coliseum, Oct. 28. Tri-City leads the U.S. Division with 20 points.

Portland will celebrate a new ice sheet at the game, one made to NHL specifications.

Chase De Leo scored his fourth goal of the season and also had a pair of assists, and Nic Petan added three assists for Portland in front of a crowd of 8,760 on hand on Pink the Rink night in which the ice was colored pink.

 

 

Blazers move slowly toward future

With a coach still uncertain, Portland announces its 2012-13 schedule
Aug. 6, 2012

It won't be long after the London Summer Olympic Games end that the NBA season will come back into view for pro basketball fans across the nation.

In Portland, the NBA season might seem months away as the team has yet to name its head coach or find a team president.

Those issues aside, the Blazers announced their 2012-13 schedule last week, with the season beginning on Halloween at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Portland's season includes a seven-game road trip in late December and early January, followed by a six-game homestand.

The Blazers are scheduled to play eight times on ESPN and TNT with seven of the eight at the Rose Garden.

 

 

Hawks take series edge with 4-3 win

Second-period outbust moves Portland to 2-1 lead
May 6, 2012

Ty Rattie returned with a goal and three teammates scored as the Portland Winterhawks beat Edmonton 4-3 Sunday night and moved a step closer to a spot in the Memorial Cup.

Rattie, who sat out Game 2 due to injury, scored his 18th goal of the playoffs on a power play at 12:06 of the second period to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead, linemate Sven Bartschi having scored earlier in the period.

After a brawl gave the Hawks another power play, they scored 29 seconds later for a 3-0 edge.

Brendan Leipsic scored early in the third peiriod for a 4-1 lead and Mac Carruth made 21 saves in the period to preserve the win.

The teams play again Tuesday night at the Rose Garden before the series returns to Edmonton Thursday for Game 5.

GAME SUMMARY

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PORTLAND'S TRIP TO MEMORIAL CUP RUNS THROUGH EDMONTON

Portland's first trip to the Memorial Cup outside of the Northwest is just four wins away, at least one of which must be in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference champion Edmonton Oil Kings have the home ice advantage for the league championship series, which begins Thursday in Edmonton.

Portland won the Western Conference title for the second year in a row, and will be aiming for its fourth WHL title, the other ones coming in 1979, 1982 and 1998. The Hawks have played in the WHL Finals eight times.

The Winterhawks have twice won the Memorial Cup, one in Portland and one in Spokane, Wash. Portland won at the Memorial Coliseum in 1983, the first year the Cup included a home team along with the three Canadian Hockey League champions, and again in 1998.

Portland also played host to the 1986 Memorial Cup when New Westminster of the WHL withdrew at the last minute.

The Memorial Cup features the champions of Canada's minor leagues and has been played since 1919. Since 1983, it's featured the champions of the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and a host team, which rotates between the three leagues.

This year, it'll be held in Shawinigan, Quebec, home of the Cataractes of the QMJHL.

The WHL Finals schedule features games in Edmonton Thursday and Friday, with games in Portland Sunday and next Tuesday. If needed, the series will be return to Edmonton, May 12.

Portland lost last year's finals to Kootenay, Alberta, 4-1.

The Winterhawks are 12-3 in playoff games this season, having swept their first-round series with Kelowna and the conference finals against Tri-City.

 

WINTERHAWKS FINALS HISTORY

1979 Beat Brandon 4-2

1982 Beat Regina 4-1

1987 Lost to Medicine Hat 4-0

1989 Lost to Swift Current 4-0

1993 Lost to Swift Current 4-3

1998 Beat Brandon 4-0

2001 Lost to Red Deer 4-1

2011 Lost to Kootenay 4-1

 

MEMORIAL CUP HISTORY

1983 Won Memorial Cup at Memorial Coliseum as host team

1986 Played in Memorial Cup as host team

1998 Won Memorial Cup in Spokane, Wash.

Road to Memorial Cup runs through Edmonton

Winterhawks face Oil Kings with WHL title on the line
April 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Portland's first trip to the Memorial Cup outside of the Northwest is just four wins away, at least one of which must be in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference champion Edmonton Oil Kings have the home ice advantage for the league championship series, which begins Thursday in Edmonton.

Portland won the Western Conference title for the second year in a row, and will be aiming for its fourth WHL title, the other ones coming in 1979, 1982 and 1998. The Hawks have played in the WHL Finals eight times.

The Winterhawks have twice won the Memorial Cup, one in Portland and one in Spokane, Wash. Portland won at the Memorial Coliseum in 1983, the first year the Cup included a home team along with the three Canadian Hockey League champions, and again in 1998.

Portland also played host to the 1986 Memorial Cup when New Westminster of the WHL withdrew at the last minute.

The Memorial Cup features the champions of Canada's minor leagues and has been played since 1919. Since 1983, it's featured the champions of the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and a host team, which rotates between the three leagues.

This year, it'll be held in Shawinigan, Quebec, home of the Cataractes of the QMJHL.

The WHL Finals schedule features games in Edmonton Thursday and Friday, with games in Portland Sunday and next Tuesday. If needed, the series will be return to Edmonton, May 12.

Portland lost last year's finals to Kootenay, Alberta, 4-1.

The Winterhawks are 12-3 in playoff games this season, having swept their first-round series with Kelowna and the conference finals against Tri-City.

 

WINTERHAWKS FINALS HISTORY

1979 Beat Brandon 4-2

1982 Beat Regina 4-1

1987 Lost to Medicine Hat 4-0

1989 Lost to Swift Current 4-0

1993 Lost to Swift Current 4-3

1998 Beat Brandon 4-0

2001 Lost to Red Deer 4-1

2011 Lost to Kootenay 4-1

 

MEMORIAL CUP HISTORY

1983 Won Memorial Cup at Memorial Coliseum as host team

1986 Played in Memorial Cup as host team

1998 Won Memorial Cup in Spokane, Wash.

 

Playoff race is sprint for Blazers

Portland beats Warriors, needs seven more wins
April 11, 2012

Jamal Crawford tossed in a season-high 34 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past Golden State 118-110 Wednesday night at the Rose Garden.

Playing without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who had an examination on his right hip done Tuesday, Crawford hit 10 of 18 field-goal attempts and all 13 of his free throws in a reserve role.

J.J. Hickson, starting in place of Aldridge, scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Portland won despite allowing the Warriors to shoot 52 percent from the field and had out 27 assists. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 24-87 at the free-throw line.

Portland, 28-31, plays host to Dallas Friday. The Mavericks, who Portland beat in Dallas last week, are one of three teams tied for sixth in the West at 32-26. For Portland to reach the playoffs, it would need to win its remaining seven games to finish 35-31, while at least one of three teams tied for sixth: Dallas, Denver and Houston, slumps significantly.

Blazers begin last gasp with loss to Rockets

Portland nearly eliminated from playoff race, 94-89, at Rose Garden
April 9, 2012

Whatever dreams the Portland Trail Blazers and their hardcore fans had of the team miraculously playing into the NBA Playoffs for the fourth-straight year were effectively dashed by the Houston Rockets Monday night at the Rose Garden.

Sparked by 22 points and seven assists from Goran Dragic, the Rockets beat the Blazers, 94-89, in the start of a three-game homestand for Portland.

With the loss, the Blazers fell to 27-31, and 4.5 games behind Denver and Dallas in the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. With eight games remaining, eight straight wins would give the Blazers hope, but they would not only have to catch Denver or Dallas, but leapfrog Phoenix and Utah, which are also chasing the Nuggets and Mas.

Houston improved to 32-25 and stayed one game ahead of Denver and Dallas in the race for sixth place in the West.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 20 points and six rebounds and Jamal Crawford, who missed his first seven shots, had 18 points. J.J. Hickson came off the bench for 12 points and 10 rebounds, but Portland's reserves were outscored 37-24.

Portland plays host to Golden State Wednesday and Dallas on Friday.

 

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