Trail Blazers vs Bobcats Friday, 03/11/11 AT 04:00PM

Trail Blazers Streak Into Charlotte

  1. Written by: Grant Lucas  / avg. rating: 4.0

    One would have to date back to 1991 for the last time the Portland Trail Blazers tallied a winning streak longer than seven games.

    On Friday night, the Trail Blazers (37-27) look to match the second-longest road winning streak in franchise history when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats (26-37). Tipoff is scheduled for 4 PM.

    Projected to start are Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby, Wesley Matthews and Andre Miller.

    Portland has strung together four consecutive victories and 11 of its last 14, extending the Trail Blazers' road win streak to seven games with a 105-96 win against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

    Aldridge led the way with 26 points, as the Trail Blazers shot better than 50 percent from the field. Gerald Wallace had his best game in a Portland uniform, putting up 22 points and nine boards, while Miller and Brandon Roy chipped in with 14 points apiece.

    Portland's bench outscored the Heat's reserves 41-8, as the Trail Blazers also converted 13 Miami miscues into 20 points.

    Charlotte has dropped its last six games by an average of 18 points, including a 101-84 rout against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

    Gerald Henderson paced the Bobcats with 20 points and eight assists, while former Trail Blazer Dante Cunningham provided 15 points and six rebounds off the bench.

    The Bobcats tallied just 35 points in the second half, moving to 1-6 since sending Wallace to the Trail Blazers.

    The last time Portland and Charlotte met up less than a week ago, the Trail Blazers limited the Bobcats to a season-low 69 points, marking the fourth straight contest Portland held Charlotte to less than 80 points.

    Aldridge posted 26 points and seven boards, as Portland outscored its opponent 53-34 in the second half, including a 23-5 run in the third quarter to pull away.

    Patty Mills hit a career high-tying four three-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Roy added 10 off the bench.

    For the Bobcats, Henderson was the high-point man with 16, while D.J. Augustin and D.J. White tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively.

    The Trail Blazers forced 22 Charlotte turnovers, resulting in 31 Portland points, and held the Bobcats to just six points off nine giveaways.

    The last four matchups between these two clubs have gone in Portland's favor, as the Trail Blazers have averaged a 15.7-point margin of victory in their nine series wins.

    Unavailable for the Trail Blazers are Greg Oden and Elliot Williams, who are sidelined with knee injuries.

    Friday night's game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, while Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will have the call on 95.5 FM The Game.

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