NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31
points, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game skid
while handing New Orleans its eighth straight loss, 94-86 on Friday
Raymond Felton scored 18 points, including a pair of free throws
that gave the Blazers an 88-84 lead in the final minute.
Newly selected All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace
each scored 14 points.
Crawford, playing 30 minutes in a reserve role, scored 12 of his
points during a 15-5 Portland run that began late in the third
quarter and gave Portland a six-point lead early in the fourth.
Trevor Ariza had 23 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans,
which briefly led 78-77 in the middle of the fourth quarter before
losing for the 23rd time in 25 games.