Nets 118, Trail Blazers 106
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Micheal Ray Richardson scored 33 points and added 12 assists Saturday night as the New Jersey Nets rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit and defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 in a National Basketball Association game.
New Jersey, which snapped a three-game losing streak and improved its record to 11-11, made 10 first-quarter turnovers and fell behind Portland 35-19 early in the second period.
But Richardson scored 13 points in the second period to bring the Nets to within 56-55 at the half.
The score was deadlocked 73-73 midway through the third quarter when New Jersey ran off a 14-5 spurt, including five points by Mike O’Koren, to open an 87-78 lead.
Portland, which has lost four of its last five, rallied midway through the fourth period, outscoring the Nets 11-2 to pull within 103-99 on two free throws by Sam Bowie with 4:33 to play.
Buck Williams added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets and Mickey Johnson came off the bench to add a season-high 16 points.
Bowie and Jim Paxson led the Trail Blazers with 22 points apiece, while Clyde Drexler had 17.