We're counting down the days until the Portland Trail Blazers open up the 2019-2020 NBA season by looking back at each of the home opener wins (the streak is now at 18). Here is a look at what happened back in 2005 when the Portland Trail Blazers faced the Atlanta Hawks in their home-opener.
Can’t remember what the NBA was like in 2005? Let’s paint the picture:
- Due to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets played most of their home games in Oklahoma City
- Kobe scored 81 points against Toronto
- Ray Allen broke the single-season record for three-pointers made, with 269
- Steve Nash was the reigning MVP
- The Spurs were the defending champions
- Allen Iverson was the league’s leading scorer
- Andrew Bogut was the No.1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft
- The Blazers had the No.6 pick and drafted Martell Webster.
The Atlanta Hawks and No.2 overall pick Marvin Williams made their one and only trip to Portland early in the 2005 season. The game was a battle from start to finish, literally coming down to the final seconds. Tied at 93-93, Zach Randolph went up for the game-winning shot as time expired. He missed it, but then you heard the whistle. Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia was called for a foul with 0.2 seconds left, sending Randolph to the line. Z-Bo hit the first shot to put the Blazers up one, then intentionally missed the second one to make sure the clock ran out on Atlanta.
Joe Johnson – 23 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Josh Childress – 13 points, 5rebounds
Josh Smith – 14 points, 4 blocks
Darius Miles – 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists
Sebastian Telfair – 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Zach Randolph – 21 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist
The Blazers would go on to finish the season 21-61, the worst record in the NBA that season.