Monday, November 29, 2004

Trail Blazers Sign Geno Carlisle

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Geno Carlisle. The 6-foot-3, 200- pound Carlisle will take the roster spot vacated when guard Richie Frahm was placed on the Injured List on November 10th. Carlisle, 28 years old, saw limited action in four preseason games with the Trail Blazers this year, averaging 1.5ppg.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Blazers Fight Off Raptors


A year ago at the Rose Garden, Lamond Murray missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. This time, he made it - a fraction of a second too late.

Murray's 3-pointer was determined by replay to be too late as the Toronto Raptors wasted a comeback from a 20-point second-half deficit in a 105-102 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Toronto trailed, 103-100, after former Raptor Damon Stoudamire made two free throws with 12 seconds left. Murray had his first 3-pointer blocked by Zach Randolph but corraled the rebound, stepped behind the arc and fired as the horn sounded.

The shot splashed through, and players and coaches came off Toronto's bench claiming the shot should count. But a replay review showed the ball was still in Murray's hands when the buzzer went off.

In last season's meeting here on November 11, Murray back-rimmed a 3-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime, allowing Portland to escape with an 83-80 win.

Stoudamire, who scored a season-high 20 points, saved the Trail Blazers with six points in the last 1:43, including four free throws that preserved the victory.

With Toronto trailing, 90-75, Jalen Rose spearheaded a comeback by scoring 13 of his 21 points as part of a 25-8 burst. Two 3-pointers by Rafer Alston, who scored 27 points, gave the Raptors a 100-98 lead.

Chris Bosh scored eight points during the surge and finished 17 and eight rebounds.

The Raptors rallied without All-Star Vince Carter, who scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting and sat for the entire fourth quarter.

Derek Anderson scored 16 points in the third quarter and Zach Randolph added 11 in the period as Portland scored 35 points and built an 83-65 lead. Randolph had 27 points and 16 rebounds and Anderson scored 19 points.