Trail Blazers 114, Bullets 105
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Rod Stickland scored a career-high 31 points and added 11 assists Saturday night as Portland handed the Washington Bullets their seventh straight loss, 114-105.
Strickland, coming off a 26-point performance Friday night in Boston, made 12 of 16 field goal attempts and was 6 of 7 at the foul line. He scored 10 points in the third quarter, helping the Trail Blazers increase a 10-point halftime lead to 92-76.
The 6-foot-3 guard, now in his seventh NBA season, scored 30 points twice last season.
Cliff Robinson had 24 points and Clyde Drexler 18 for Portland, which won a third straight road game for the first time this season. The Trail Blazers are 8-1 in their last nine games against Washington.
Calbert Cheaney had 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Bullets, who have lost 15 of their last 16. Washington played without injured starters Chris Webber, Don MacLean and Kevin Duckworth.
Gheorghe Muresan, starting at center for Duckworth, had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers had a pair of 8-0 runs in a 34-point second quarter that gave them a 64-54 halftime lead. Strickland had 17 first-half points on 8-for-11 shooting.
Washington led 40-36 before Chris Dudley got two dunks and Drexler hit a 19-footer to put Portland ahead for good. After the Bullets closed to 51-49, Portland made four straight baskets, the last two by Drexler, to open up a 10-point lead.
It was 81-70 late in the third period before Strickland made two free throws and a layup in an 11-4 spurt that boosted the margin to 18 points.