Sep 06

Greatest Trail Blazers: #2 Petrie Vs. #3 Duckworth

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, geoffpetrie, kevinduckworth
#2 Geoff Petrie vs. #3 Kevin Duckworth

No. 45 Geoff Petrie | Guard | 6-5 | 195 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:37.6 mpg, 21.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 0.55 spg, 0.15 bpg, .455 FG %, --- 3 PT %, .805 FT %

One For The Books: Petrie Puts Blazers On Map - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Aaron Grossman

Yet among Portland’s 21 wins that season were two remarkable performances by the very first Trail Blazer – Geoff Petrie. All he did was scorch the Houston Rockets for a club-record 51 points – not once, but twice.

No other Blazer in the 18 seasons since has equaled Petrie’s single-game scoring mark.

Arguably the finest long-distance jump shooter in the history of the franchise, Petrie, in those two games, connected on 38 of 63 field goals (60.3 percent) and 26 of 30 free throws.

Indeed, had the three-point field goal rule been applied, Petrie’s point total that night most likely would have been 59. At least eight of his 19 field goals, I recall, were scored from very long range, though no one was measuring distances then.

“The only thing I can remember about that game is that Mike Newlin said afterwards that I would never do it again against them," Petrie said.

Petrie’s overall performance in this one-sided rout of the Rockets was arguably better than the first one. He connected on 19 field goals again, but this time only needed 28 shots to get them. He added 13 of 16 free throws, four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 40 minutes.

So much for boasts. In the Houston locker room, a disheartened Newlin, his homecoming spoiled, gave Petrie his dues: “He was uncanny. I don’t even pretend that I can stop a great shooter like Geoff cold.”

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Written By Aaron Grossman
Petrie’s franchise record of 51 points in a game (done twice in one season) stood for 32 years. By then, of course, the NBA had been playing with a 3-point line for 25 years, and still nobody had reached Petrie’s mark(s). These games are merely Exhibit A and B of a long list of examples why Petrie was one of Portland’s best ever scorers. And it didn’t take long for him to earn that title. During the 1970-71 season, Portland’s first as an NBA franchise, Petrie scored 2,031 points, placing him on the short list (eight in total) of players in league history to score better than 2,000 points as a rookie. It was the first of three seasons Petrie would score at least 24 points per night for the Trail Blazers.

Schonely Speaks:
"Our first player back in 1970. Co-Rookie of the Year. Great scorer. Could do it all out of Princeton. He was the best."

Photo Gallery: Geoff Petrie Through The Years

No. 00 Kevin Duckworth | Center | 7’0” | 280 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 27.7 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.48 spg, 0.46 bpg .475 FG %, .000 3 PT %, .746 FT %

One For The Books: Career Game For "Duck" Carries Blazers - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Aaron Grossman

What’s a ‘Duck’ worth?” That question was shouted at the seven-foot Duckworth often. The comment usually came from front-row wise guys in arenas hostile to the winning Blazers.

But on a Sunday night in May of 1991, Duckworth had the last word in the fourth game of a Western Conference semifinal playoff series against Portland’s perennial playoff rival – the Utah Jazz.

He answered his harassers by scoring 30 points and hauling in 11 rebounds to lead the Blazers to a surprising 104-101 victory. He did all of this, despite playing with a very bad cold.

Finally, when Jerome Kersey fed Duckworth for a dunk midway through the third quarter, putting the Trail Blazers ahead by 13 points, the Portland center glanced at the Jazz fan as he ran down the court. “I gave him a little wink. That’s usually not my nature, but that time, I couldn’t resist,” Duckworth said.

Five times in one crucial stretch, when a scoreless Portland possession might have been the beginning of the end, Duckworth put the Blazers back ahead. His baseline jumper made it 86-85. His little flip after a spin move away from 7-foot-4 Mark Eaton made it 88-87. His two free throws made it 96-95. Another baseline jumper made it 98-97. Two more free throws made it 100-99.

“I was into the flow of the game, and I didn’t really think about it,” Duckworth said afterwards. “I just got the ball and I shot it. It was as simple as that. Rick (Adelman) ran some plays for me, isolated for me. I was able to get some easy shots.”

On this the last-ever game played at the famed Salt Lake City Palace – May 12, 1991 – Kevin Duckworth showed Jazz fans and critics everywhere just exactly what a ‘Duck’ was worth.

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Written By Aaron Grossman
This game is perhaps Duckworth’s best in what was an excellent postseason career with Portland. In the team’s three straight trips to the Conference Finals (including two NBA Finals appearances) from 1990-92, Duckworth led the team in scoring four times and five times led in rebounding – No small feat on rosters that also featured Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, Buck Williams and Cliff Robinson. Among Trail Blazers in postseason play all-time, ‘Duck’ still stands sixth in points (785), fifth in field goals (323) and fourth in rebounds (393).

Schonely Speaks:
"A TRUE gentle giant. Everybody loved the big guy. And I know he was tough but he was so gentle and was a true team player. I miss him to this day."

Photo Gallery: Kevin Duckworth Through The Years

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Bracket: The Greatest Trail Blazer Of All-Time


  1. We could use both of these guys right now.

    by mbmurr1 on 9/8/2011 7:42 AM
  2. Ever since Porter left, I think all fans have always compared the next incoming point guard to him. Whether it's fair or not, it happens. I guess the big question is, "Will there ever be a point guard comparable to TP?" One thing's for sure, he definitely set the bar high.

    by DHawes22 on 9/8/2011 8:23 AM
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