Blazers survive adversity to surge into playoffs

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 2:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break.

The low point came on March 25 when the Blazers fell 95-85 at Orlando. The loss capped a 4-9 stretch for Portland.

But since then, the Blazers have won nine of their final 10 games and wrapped up the regular season with a five-game winning streak.

It's that rebound that gives coach Terry Stotts confidence for the playoffs.

Portland, which finished as the fifth seed in the West, faces the Rockets in the opening round of the playoffs with Game 1 set for Sunday night in Houston. The Blazers haven't been to the playoffs since the 2011, when they fell in six games to the Mavericks in the first round.

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