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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Hornets sting Blazers to end road losing skid

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posted on Apr, 4 2004 @ 12:54 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- P.J. Brown and Darrell Armstrong refused to let the New Orleans Hornets' skid continue.

Brown scored a season-high 24 points and Armstrong had 15 points and 15 assists to lead the Hornets to a 94-81 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

The Hornets were foundering, going 0-4 since Baron Davis went down with an ankle injury last week.

But Armstrong stepped into Davis' role as point guard and directed the Hornets' second quarter comeback, which started with a 13-4 run.

"Sometimes when your back is against the wall, you come out of the hole and just keep going," Armstrong said. "Thank god we came back from losing those games earlier on the trip."

Zach Randolph had 17 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which dropped into a tie with Utah for ninth place in the Western Conference playoff race. Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Darius Miles had 14 points each for the Blazers.

Magloire added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who ended a 10-game road losing streak that dated back to Feb. 17.

Brown was 11-of-14 from the field and Magloire was 7-of-12 for the Hornets.

"Tonight was a night where we kept our focus, played hard, and never took ourselves out of the game," said Hornets guard Steve Smith, who had eight points off the bench.

Portland, which shot over 50 percent for most of the first half, made just six of 19 shots in the third quarter.

Blazer guards Damon Stoudamire and Derek Anderson shot a combined 3-of-25 from the field for the game.

Anderson finished with nine points and eight assists for the Blazers, who never seriously challenged after falling behind by double digits in the third quarter and ended up shooting 40 percent for the game.

"They beat us in a lot of categories," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We rely heavily on [Stoudamire and Anderson] and they had a really bad shooting night."

New Orleans shot 48.6 percent for the game.

Portland led by as much as nine points in the first half, but the Hornets used a 13-4 run to tie the game at 43-all. Stacey Augmon hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give New Orleans a 50-47 lead at halftime.

Stoudamire fouled Armstrong on a missed 3-point attempt, and Armstrong made all three foul shots to increase the lead to 66-56 with 4:54 left in the third.

Armstrong scored twice more to make it 70-57 and the Hornets led 78-63 by the end of the quarter.

Notes: Davis is listed as doubtful for the Hornets' game Sunday against Seattle. New Orleans is also without forward Jamal Mashburn, who has missed 13 games with an injured right knee. ... The Hornets swept the series, having beaten Portland 101-79 Nov. 15.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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