NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Portland
(Wednesday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Charlotte 110, Portland 106
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Kareem Rush poured in 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting as the Charlotte Bobcats edged the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-106, at the Rose Garden.
Primoz Brezec contributed 19 points and five rebounds for Charlotte, which snapped a five-game skid. Forward Gerald Wallace, who had missed 15 straight games with a bone bruise in his left leg, finished with 15 points and seven boards, including a big play late in the game to help secure the win.
Ruben Patterson netted a season-high 25 points while Darius Miles had 20 points and eight rebounds, as the Trail Blazers dropped their third straight game and seventh in their last eight tries.
"Tonight we didn't do a good job of understanding time and score," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan.
Juan Dixon had 17 points and six assists in defeat.
A game that remained extremely close throughout headed into the final two minutes knotted at 101-101.
Wallace nudged the Bobcats ahead with 1:04 to play, as he ripped the ball out of the hands of Miles for a steal and then sailed in for a one-handed jam to make it 103-101.
Dixon's driving layup on the other end was off the mark and Matt Carroll pulled down the rebound to give Charlotte possession with 52 seconds left on the clock.
After winding the game clock down to 20 seconds, Rush unloaded a step-back jumper from the top of the key that swished in to push the Bobcats' advantage to 105-101.
Brevin Knight then came up with a steal on the defensive end, was fouled, and drained both attempts from the stripe to make it a six-point contest.
Steve Blake nailed a three with 19 seconds remaining to pull Portland to within three, however, and Rush then missed both of his free throws at the other end of the floor to give Portland a chance.
Miles opted for a quick layup to make it 107-106 with 17 ticks left. Raymond Felton calmly sank both of his free throws, though, and Dixon's long ball in the final seconds was off target, allowing Charlotte to sneak out with the win.
Charlotte was up 29-24 after the first quarter but was unable to extend its lead before the break, as the two teams fought to a 31-31 stalemate in the second stanza to make it 60-55 at halftime.
The game remained tight throughout the third frame, and Portland headed into the final 12 minutes up 85-84.
Melvin Ely injured his ankle late in the third quarter and did not return for the Bobcats...This was Charlotte's first win over Portland...Charlotte, which will also visit Phoenix, the Clippers, Utah and Dallas on its current six-game road swing, improved to just 4-24 on the road this season...Travis Outlaw had a career-high four blocks for Portland...The Bobcats last road victory was a 93-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks on December 27, 2005 at Philips Arena...Portland is 12-13 as the host this season.
02/23 01:50:44 ET