Wizards fall to Portland, 102-82

The Baltimore Sun

Martell Webster had 23 points, Travis Outlaw added 20 and the host Portland Trail Blazers overcame the loss of top scorer Brandon Roy to beat the Washington Wizards, 102-82, last night.

Caron Butler had 19 to lead Washington, which was missing Gilbert Arenas after he had his return from knee surgery pushed back a week.

Jarrett Jack added 17 points and Joel Przybilla had 17 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot 49.4 percent despite Roy leaving with a strained right groin on the last play of the first quarter. Portland was already without LaMarcus Aldridge, the team's second-leading scorer who sprained an ankle Monday against Seattle.

Hornets 114, Pacers 106 -- David West had 35 points and 16 rebounds, and visiting New Orleans beat Indiana last night in the Pacers' first game since CEO Donnie Walsh announced he was leaving the team at the end of the season. Chris Paul had 31 points and 14 assists as the Hornets won their fourth straight to maintain the best record in the Western Conference.

Spurs 107, Magic 97 -- Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and Michael Finley added 24 as visiting San Antonio won its fourth straight. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds for Orlando, his eighth game this season with at least 20 in both categories. Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for San Antonio.

Mavericks 103, Clippers 90 -- Josh Howard took over a tight game midway through the third quarter, carrying host Dallas in its first game since losing Dirk Nowitzki to injury. Corey Maggette scored 21 before fouling out for Los Angeles.

Bulls 103, Hawks 94 -- Drew Gooden scored a season-high 31 points and matched a season best with 16 rebounds as host Chicago held on in the fourth quarter. The Bulls, one of several teams chasing Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, led by 12 after three quarters before the Hawks rallied within two with just more than six minutes left. Josh Childress scored 22, including eight in the final quarter, for Atlanta.

Jazz 128, Bobcats 106 -- Carlos Boozer had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 14 points and 15 assists to lead host Utah over Charlotte. Mehmet Okur also had a double double for the Jazz with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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