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Blazers seek first win vs. undefeated Hornets

Nov 7, 2007 - 4:19 PM New Orleans (4-0) at Portland (0-3) 10:30 pm EST

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Portland Trail Blazers will try to knock the New Orleans out of the ranks of the undefeated when they meet Wednesday.

Despite strong starts by youngsters Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Martell Webster, Portland is in the midst of its first 0-3 start since the 1986-87 campaign.

On Saturday, Roy scored 23 points and Aldridge added 20 and eight boards for the Trail Blazers in an 89-80 road loss.

Webster, a third-year swingman, will see if he can continue a strong start that has him averaging 16.3 points and shooting 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range. The 21-year-old Webster, who was taken sixth overall straight our of high school in 2005, had just 7.0 points last season.

Peja Stojakovic scored 36 points and connected on a career-high 10 3-pointers and Chris Paul handed out a franchise-best 21 assists as the Hornets improved to 4-0 with Tuesday's 118-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

David West is also one of the reasons for New Orleans' impressive start. The 6-9 forward had reached double figures in each of his four games this season.

Portland won two of the three meetings in the season series last campaign - winning both games here.








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