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GAME OF THE DAY

Trail Blazers earn 13th straight win

December 31, 2007|From the Associated Press

PORTLAND, ORE. — While Brandon Roy is Portland's top scorer, the Trail Blazers look to Travis Outlaw in the fourth quarter.

Outlaw, a reserve, was one for seven from the field for the first three quarters but took over in the fourth as the Trail Blazers went on a 21-0 run to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 97-72, Sunday for their league-leading 13th straight win.

Outlaw finished with 12 points, 10 of them coming in a fourth quarter in which Portland outscored Philadelphia, 35-9.

"I always tell Travis at the beginning of the fourth quarter that it's a new game: 'Come out and do what you do,' " Roy said. "He's tough to guard because if you put somebody small on him he can shoot right over the top and if you put a big man on him he can drive around him. Travis really gives us a threat in the fourth quarter."

Roy had 22 points to lead the Trail Blazers to their second-longest winning streak. Portland won 16 straight in the 1990-91 season.

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