NBA Game Summary - Portland at Charlotte
(Monday, November 19th)
Final Score: Charlotte 101, Portland 92
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored 27 points and Jason Richardson added 24 points, scoring 20 in the second half, to lead the Charlotte Bobcats over the Portland Trail Blazers, 101-92.
Raymond Felton tallied 24 points with 10 assists for Charlotte, which has won back-to-back games for the first time since opening the season with consecutive victories. Emeka Okafor also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards for the Bobcats, who wrap up a three-game homestand on Wednesday against Washington.
Jarrett Jack had 18 points and Brandon Roy tallied 17 points for the Blazers, who ended a four-game road trip winless. Martell Webster registered 15 points for Portland, which hasn't won since having its four-game win streak halted to start this trip.
After trailing for much of the game, Portland went ahead 66-63 early in the fourth when Jack converted a three-point play just 36 seconds in the quarter.
However, six straight points later on by the Bobcats put the team in front for good. Wallace's dunk at the 9:15 mark gave Charlotte a 72-70 edge and a pair of free throws by Okafor put the Bobcats in front by four points nearly a minute later.
The Blazers later drew within 77-76 after a Travis Outlaw putback, but Felton's three-pointer sparked a 9-0 surge that put the Bobcats in control. Richardson's dunk with 5:26 left ended the run, giving the Bobcats an 86-76 cushion.
Portland, which lost for the first time in three trips to Charlotte, never got within a possession the rest of the way.
"We've got scorers from all ends," said Felton. "All of us are capable of putting the ball in the basket."
The Blazers fell to 0-7 on the road this season, losing to the Bobcats for just the second time in seven all-time meetings.
"We just didn't do the things it takes to win on the road," said Roy. "We're playing three quarters, two quarters, but we have to put together four quarters to win. We're not doing that."
Charlotte led 24-23 after one quarter and held a 40-36 advantage going into halftime. Portland was on the verge of scoring just 10 second quarter points, but Steve Blake hit a half court heave as time expired.
The Bobcats continued to lead throughout the third quarter, extending to a 10- point lead, 50-40, after a Richardson three-pointer at the 7:19 mark of the stanza.
Portland rallied to draw within 63-61 heading into the fourth as Webster hit a three with 10 ticks left in the quarter.
Blake ended with 14 points for the Blazers...Charlotte improved to 5-2 at home this season...Portland lost despite shooting 42.1 percent from the floor for the game, including hitting 8-of-18 three-pointers, and 20-of-23 free throws...Charlotte hit 47 percent of its shots, going 5-of-15 from three and 18-of-27 from the line.
11/19 22:46:45 ET