Roy leads Blazers past Hornets

PORTLAND — Brandon Roy had 25 points and 10 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers used a 17-point, second-half run to beat the New Orleans Hornets 101-86 on Friday night.

The Blazers improved to 7-0 this season at the Rose Garden, their best start at home since they went 9-0 in the 1998-99 season.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers (11-6), who are off to their best overall start since they opened the 2000-01 season 12-6.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Hornets (9-6), who were led by Peja Stojakovic with 21 points. New Orleans was playing the second game of a back-to-back after edging the Denver Nuggets 105-101 on Thursday night.

Chris Paul, who has had triple-doubles in two of the Hornets' last three games, had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. It was New Orleans' fifth straight loss in Portland

The Blazers led by as many as nine points in the first half, but James Posey's layup helped narrow it to 38-37 for the Hornets. New Orleans couldn't get closer and Portland led 50-48 at the break.

New Orleans pulled ahead early in the second when Stojakovic's jumper made it 56-54.

The Hornets took a 69-65 on David West's 20-foot jumper, but the Blazers went on a 17-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Rudy Fernandez, that made it 82-69.

In the midst of the run, Fernandez was fouled by Devin Brown and he stumbled before grasping his ankle in pain. There were several tense moments before Fernandez shook it off and made the foul shots, to the chants of "Rudy! Rudy!" from the Rose Garden crowd.

When he made his run-capping 3-pointer, Fernandez raised his arms and held up three fingers.

Steve Blake's 3-pointer in the final minute made it 101-84, the Blazers' largest lead of the game.

Greg Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft who sat out all of last season after knee surgery, made his fourth start of the season and had one point and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.

The Trail Blazers, the NBA's second-youngest team behind the Golden State Warriors, were coming off a 106-68 rout of Miami at home on Wednesday night.


Tyson Chandler returned to the starting lineup for New Orleans after missing the game against Denver because of the birth of his son. He fouled out with 2:09 left. ... The Hornets beat the Blazers 87-82 in their first meeting this season on Nov. 14 in New Orleans. ... The Blazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two unbeaten teams at home in the NBA. The Cavs are 9-0 at home.

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