New Orleans at Portland

Webster, Jack help Trail Blazers win first, deal Hornets first loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- When Jarrett Jack got pulled from the starting lineup, he responded with zeal.

Jack scored 20 points, nine in the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers earned their first victory of the season by beating the previously unbeaten New Orleans Hornets 93-90 on Wednesday night.

"I just try to embrace my role," Jack said. "He (coach Nate McMillan) wants me to be more aggressive, so I came out with a sense of urgency."

Martell Webster added 20 points, and Brandon Roy had 17 points and seven assists for the Blazers (1-3) in their home opener.

David West had 34 points and 18 rebounds for the Hornets (4-1), who had matched their start last season for the best in franchise history with four consecutive victories. One of their season-opening victories came last Friday when they beat the Blazers 113-93.

West scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in the first half alone for the Hornets, coming off a 118-104 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers the night before. Peja Stojakovic made a franchise-record 10 3-pointers and Chris Paul set a team record with 21 assists against the Lakers.

Stojakovic had one 3-pointer and only five points against the Blazers. Paul finished with 18 points and 12 assists.

"It's their opening night, they had the crowd behind them and they had a lot of energy," Paul said. "I don't think we did a great job of getting good, quality shots, and it was one of those nights."

The Blazers led by as many as 15 points, but went cold and the Hornets narrowed it with an 11-0 run capped by West's jumper that closed the margin to 81-77. But New Orleans could not to pull ahead.

The Trail Blazers had a seven-point lead in the second quarter, but Paul's free throws with 3:14 left put the Hornets ahead 41-40. Stojakovic's 3-pointer extended the lead, and New Orleans went on lead 49-44 at the half.

The Blazers regained the lead when LaMarcus Aldridge's jumper made it 61-60, and Webster added a 3-pointer.

It was part of an 18-5 run to open the second half, capped by Webster's 3-pointer that put Portland up 72-60. Soon thereafter, Hornets center Tyson Chandler elbowed Webster under New Orleans' basket and was ejected from the game.

"We didn't play smart down the stretch. We lost our composure in the third, not being smart, technical fouls," West said. "Tyson lost his cool. I told him he can't do that. He's got to be in the game for us. It's not a smart play at that point of the game."

The Blazers were coming off an 89-80 loss -- marked by 18 turnovers -- at Houston on Saturday night. In response, McMillan shook up the starting lineup, replacing Joel Przybilla with Channing Frye at center, and Jack with Steve Blake at the point.

"We really got that spark off the bench that we were looking for from Jack tonight," McMillan said.

A big part of Portland's home opener wasn't on the court. Top NBA draft pick Greg Oden, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee, was the first Blazer introduced.

Oden, walking without the aid of his crutches, did the honor of introducing his teammates, who came down to the court through the stands.

Notes

  • The O'Jays opened the pregame festivities with a performance of Give the People What They Want.
  • The Blazers hoisted a banner to the ceiling of the Rose Garden emblazoned with the team's slogan "Rise With Us."
  • Paul said afterward: "I didn't think we'd go 82-0. It was nice to be 4-0, but now we realize we can lose."
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Brandon Roy, the NBA Rookie of the Year last season, drives by Hornets small forward Rasual Butler.  (AP)
Brandon Roy, the NBA Rookie of the Year last season, drives by Hornets small forward Rasual Butler. (AP)
Scoreboard
New Orleans (4-1) 2326152690
Portland (1-3) «2618321793
NO:D. West 34 Pts
NO:D. West 18 Reb
NO:C. Paul 12 Ast
POR:J. Jack 20 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 11 Reb
POR:S. Blake 9 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandNew Orleans

M. Webster

D. West
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
204234180

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New Orleans
D. West, PF4014-266-6180234
P. Stojakovic, SG352-130-02025
C. Paul, PG357-154-4512318
T. Chandler, C293-75-682211
M. Peterson, SG242-50-05014
R. Butler, SG250-30-01020
B. Jackson, PG213-110-01138
H. Armstrong, PF92-43-43137
R. Bowen, SF80-01-23001
J. Pargo, PG81-30-01012
M. Ely, C40-00-02010
J. Wright, SF30-00-01000
M. Vinicius, SFDid Not Play
A. Haluska, SGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8719-2250162090
 39.1%86.4% 
Portland
M. Webster, SG408-141-142120
B. Roy, SG398-180-157117
S. Blake, PG332-70-11925
L. Aldridge, PF225-112-281512
C. Frye, PF214-80-07148
J. Jack, PG255-910-1241220
J. Przybilla, C212-55-711149
T. Outlaw, SF191-70-01022
S. Rodriguez, PG130-40-02100
R. LaFrentz, PF70-30-02010
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
J. Jones, SFDid Not Play
T. Green, PGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-8618-2445232293
 40.7%75.0% 
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Atl 105
LAC 104 Final
Ind 89
Char 63 Final
Phi 94
Orl 105 Final
Tor 96
Den 93 Final
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SA 88
Mem 105 Final
Sea 98
Cle 101 Final
Utah 103