Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/4

Game 1: Friday, February 4th
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Game 2: Monday, February 14th
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Bobcats 89

(10-33, 2-20 away)

Trail Blazers 101

(19-26, 12-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 4, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 22 18 15 3489
    POR 27 20 21 33101

    Top Performers

    Cha: P. Brezec 17 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast

    Por: S. Telfair 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bobcats play without Okafor for second straight game

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Sebastian Telfair is making the transition from high school to the NBA look easy.

    The rookie guard scored a season-high 23 points Friday night, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 101-89 victory over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

    "I think he's very special," Portland guard Nick Van Exel said. "Especially that age, playing that position to come out of high school is unbelievable. It's going to be unbelievable to watch him mature."

    Damon Stoudamire also had 23 points, and Ruben Patterson added 21 points for Portland in the Blazers' second straight victory since Darius Miles returned from a two-game suspension. Miles, suspended last week after using racial slurs in a tirade against coach Maurice Cheeks in a film session, had 10 points in 27 minutes.

    Telfair entered the game in the first quarter to replace an ineffective Van Exel and stayed in for 24 minutes, playing mostly in tandem with Stoudamire.

    "Sebastian is fearless out there," Cheeks said. "And he just goes out and makes plays, sometimes oblivious to the fourth-quarter situation. Like all the great players do, he treats the fourth quarter like it was the first quarter."

    Telfair upset some of the Bobcats when he made a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

    "Apparently the ref told him to take the shot, but that's just a rookie mistake," Cheeks said. "You just don't take that shot."

    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.

    "The game was there," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We just couldn't take it."

    Steve Smith hit a 3-pointer, getting Charlotte within four points with 4:23 remaining, but Telfair and Stoudamire combined for eight points during a 9-2 run that put the game away.

    "Good players do good things down the stretch," Ely said of Telfair "He hit some good shots down there. If it wasn't for that, we'd have been right in it."

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 101
    FGM-FGA 34-93 (.366) 33-77 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 4-15 (.267) 5-17 (.294)
    FTM-FTA 17-25 (.680) 30-40 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-50 8-45
    Assists 24 18
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 18 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 16

    Top Performers

    Primoz Brezec Brezec
    Points: 17
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Sebastian Telfair Telfair
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0