Gerald Wallace, whose nickname ''Crash'' usually defines his on-court demeanor, managed to crack a smile when fans at the Rose Garden began chanting his name in the third quarter of Portland's victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
Wallace scored 20 points, making a key 3-pointer with two minutes left, and the Blazers won 105-97 to avenge a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on New Year's Day. Wallace was held scoreless in that game.
''I think we were more mentally ready for them'' he said. ''We felt like we just let the game in L.A. get away, so we wanted to come out and jump on them from the start.''
When the fans' chant was mentioned after the game, Wallace smiled again.
''They keep me amped,'' he said.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have not lost in six games at home this season.
Wallace's 3-pointer put the Blazers ahead 99-90, but the Clippers narrowed it to 100-97 after Chris Paul made a layup and Chauncey Bill...