Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
Trail Blazers106Final
Hornets112
Game 2: Wednesday, February 9th
Hornets91Final
Trail Blazers80
Game 3: Sunday, April 10th
Trail Blazers90Final
Hornets81

Hornets 91

(9-40, 3-25 away)

Trail Blazers 80

(20-27, 13-10 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, February 9, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 19 25 23 2491
    POR 19 13 28 2080

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: P. Brown 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Portland: D. Stoudamire 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hornets win third game on road; Stoudamire has 30 in loss

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets have just nine wins, and two of them are against the Portland Trail Blazers.

    "Do we play them again?" Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks plaintively asked after the Hornets 91-80 victory Wednesday night.

    Rookie J.R. Smith had 19 points and Dan Dickau added 17 for the Hornets, who snapped a six-game losing streak with their third win on the road.

    The bad news for Cheeks is that the Blazers visit New Orleans on April 10.

    "This is a step in the right direction," said Dickau, a former Blazer and native of nearby Vancouver, Wash., who has found a niche in New Orleans with 13 straight games in double-digit scoring.

    New Orleans spoiled another fine performance by Damon Stoudamire, who had 30 points for the Blazers. The last time the Blazers played the Hornets, Stoudamire had a career-high and franchise-record 54 points, but Portland lost 112-106 in New Orleans.

    "This type of thing happens. I'm not saying that it doesn't. But it already happened to us one time," Stoudamire said.

    The loss snapped Portland's season-high three-game winning streak. The Blazers had won five of seven going into the game, but they struggled against the Hornets (9-40), who have the NBA's worst record.

    Portland was hurt at halftime when Ruben Patterson was ejected. Nick Van Exel attempted a buzzer-beating long shot, but it bounced off the backboard. Patterson punched it back and it flew into the stands, and appeared to hit an usher.

    Patterson wasn't around after the game, but teammate Darius Miles said he went into the locker room not knowing he had been ejected.

    The Blazers also were hampered by Van Exel's cold shooting. He hit just one of 13 shots from the floor. Zach Randolph, the Portland's top scorer, also had a rough night off the bench, hitting 2-of-8 from the floor in just 19 minutes.

    The Hornets, who outrebounded the Blazers 47-32, extended their lead to as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but the Blazers closed in to 61-55 on rookie Viktor Khryapa's 3-pointer.

    Stoudamire's running jumper early in the fourth got the Blazers as close as 69-64. But Bostjan Nachbar's 3-pointer pulled the Hornets back out to 83-70 with 6:58 to go, and the home crowd started booing the Blazers.

    "The two things we've been talking about since day one is defending and rebounding, and those two things got us the win," Hornets coach Byron Scott said.

    Portland was coming off a 114-108 victory over the Kings last Saturday, despite the return of three injured Sacramento starters, Chris Webber, Cuttino Mobley and Peja Stojakovic.

    But the Blazers got no momentum from their quality win.

    "We didn't play good," Stoudamire said. "As a matter of fact, I don't think we showed up at all."

    P.J. Brown added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who were coming off a 108-91 loss at Seattle the night before.

    "It was a good win," Brown said. "Everyone was communicating. It was a good defensive game, and we got a W."<

    ^Notes:@ Stoudamire extended his streak of made free throws to 48, surpassing the franchise record of 42 straight set by Shareef Abdur-Rahim earlier this season. Dickau played 20 games for the Blazers last season before being traded to Golden State in July. He was greeted warmly by the Rose Garden crowd when starting lineups were announced. ... Portland center Theo Ratliff has donated $100,000 to the UNICEF relief fund for the victims of the deadly tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the team announced.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NO
    POR
    Points 91 80
    FGM-FGA 35-79 (.443) 30-75 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 5-17 (.294)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 15-16 (.938)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 8-32
    Assists 26 15
    Turnovers 16 10
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 12 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 18 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 15 5

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Portland
    P.J. Brown Brown
    Points: 13
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 30
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0