Hornets collect third win in four games

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Damon Stoudamire and rookie Sebastian
Telfair each scored 23 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to
a 101-89 victory over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Friday

Ruben Patterson added 21 points for Portland in the Blazers'
second straight victory since Darius Miles returned from a two-game

Miles, suspended last week after using racial slurs in a tirade
against coach Maurice Cheeks in a film session, had 10 points in 27

Telfair, the 19-year-old star from Abraham Lincoln High in
Brooklyn, reached a season high in scoring, eclipsing his previous
best of 14.

Primoz Brezec had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Bobcats, who
scored a season-high 109 points to beat Utah on Wednesday night for
their 10th victory of the season.

Rookie star Emeka Okafor, the Bobcats' leader in rebounds and
scoring, sat for the second game with an ankle injury. He was
placed on the injured list Tuesday.

Melvin Ely had 16 points and 11 rebounds starting in Okafor's
place, and point guard Brevin Knight added 11 assists.

Telfair entered the game early for Portland, replacing an
ineffective Nick Van Exel. The rookie, who played much his 24
minutes in tandem with Stoudamire, capped his night by draining a
buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Some of Bobcats gestured angrily at Telfair, but Charlotte coach
Bernie Bickerstaff just shrugged and went to shake hands with

Game notes
Charlotte is 2-20 on the road this season ... Portland
guard Derek Anderson had a third root canal Friday. He has missed
five games.