Hornets Drop 8th Straight

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.