Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/13

Game 1: Monday, February 13th
Trail Blazers91Final
Bobcats83
Game 2: Wednesday, February 22nd
Bobcats110Final
Trail Blazers106

Bobcats 110

(15-41, 5-23 away)

Trail Blazers 106

(18-35, 12-14 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2006

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 29 31 24 26110
    POR 24 31 30 21106

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: K. Rush 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Portland: R. Patterson 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

    Bobcats find cure for road woes in Trail Blazers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Trail Blazers seemed more concerned about trade speculation than they were with the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Kareem Rush scored 28 points and Charlotte snapped a 12-game road losing streak with a 110-106 victory over Portland on Wednesday night.

    "We finished this one. We made it hard though," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "I told the guys that they are kind of hard on their coaches."

    Ruben Patterson had a season-high 25 points for the Blazers, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.

    After the game, Patterson exclaimed to those gathered outside the Blazers' locker room" "Bang, bang! What a way to go out, hey?"

    Patterson, however, would not formally confirm a deal was in the works to move him out of Portland.

    "I just want to be happy," he said. "I'm tired of losing, man."

    Travis Outlaw, also mentioned in numerous rumors, said: "You've got to wait and see."

    Portland coach Nate McMillan wasn't speculating on the eve of the deadline.

    "I'm not going to comment on that but I will say we've seen this team and we need something to improve this team. We're trying to get that hustle back," he said. "We're the kind of team that has to play perfect basketball to win games, especially to do it without our centers."

    The Bobcats were happy to have Gerald Wallace back, who returned from a leg injury that kept him out for 15 games. He scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Charlotte, which had lost five straight overall.

    Charlotte led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but Portland whittled away at the lead, and trailed by only five at halftime.

    Juan Dixon's 3-pointer with 4:15 left gave Portland a 99-95 lead, their biggest of the game. The Bobcats answered scoring the next six points and took a 101-99 lead with 2:37 to go on Rush's layup.

    Darius Miles' basket tied it again, but Wallace's steal and dunk on the other end gave it back to Charlotte with a little more than a minute left.

    Rush's jumper with 32.9 seconds left made it 105-101. After Brevin Knight made two free throws to extend the lead to six, Steve Blake hit a 3-pointer to make it 107-104.

    Miles added a layup to move the Blazers within one, but it was as close as Portland would come.

    "The shots were going down," Rush said. "The first couple went down and once that happens for me the game opens up."

    Charlotte had Wallace back in the lineup for the first time after missing a stretch with a bone bruise in his right leg. Wallace was averaging 14.5 points and seven rebounds before the injury.

    The Bobcats jumped out to a 38-26 lead in the first half on Rush's layup. Primoz Brezec stretched it to 49-35 with an 18-foot jumper but the Blazers narrowed the gap to 60-55 at the break.

    Viktor Khryapa's driving finger-roll gave Portland its first lead of the game at 63-62 and both teams kept it close throughout the third quarter.

    The Blazers were without forward Zach Randolph, who was inadvertently elbowed by Brian Cook in the third quarter of Portland's 99-82 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The team said he had seen a dentist earlier Wednesday and was swollen and in pain.

    Randolph is averaging 18 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Blazers. He has 19 double-doubles this season.

    The Blazers are already hurting at center, with both Joel Przybilla and Theo Ratliff inactive with injuries. The Blazers have been forced to start Ha Seung Jin, who is in his second year. Wednesday's game was his fourth career start.

    Przybilla has right knee tendinitis and Ratliff, also the subject of trade rumors along with Miles, has a sprained left ankle.

    Game notes


    Both teams were on the second game of back-to-backs. On Tuesday Charlotte lost 100-84 to the Denver Nuggets. ... Patterson left the game late in the first half with what appeared to be a knee injury, but returned in the second half. ... It was Charlottes first road win over a Western Conference team in 10 tries this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHA
    POR
    Points 110 106
    FGM-FGA 46-90 (.511) 44-79 (.557)
    3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 11-17 (.647)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-40 6-32
    Assists 29 27
    Turnovers 7 10
    Steals 6 3
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 11 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 4

    Top Performers

    Charlotte
    Portland
    Kareem Rush Rush
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Ruben Patterson Patterson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0