Trail Blazers 127, Bobcats 90
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Rookie LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points, Zach Randolph and Martell Webster each added 20, and the Portland Trail Blazers capped a strange day with a 127-90 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night.
Hours earlier, Blazers president and general manager Steve Patterson abruptly resigned after owner Paul Allen decided not to renew his contract.
At halftime, with Portland ahead 60-40, Allen gave a press conference where he affirmed his recommitment to the Blazers and pledged to follow through on efforts to buy back the Rose Garden Arena, which he lost two years ago in bankruptcy.
The Blazers also lost center Joel Przybilla for the season after an MRI revealed the need for arthroscopic surgery.
With Portland having its way almost every time down the floor, the highly anticipated battle of rookie of the year candidates never really materialized. Portland’s Brandon Roy held up his end with 14 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, but Charlotte’s Adam Morrison made just four of 11 shots for 12 points.