Aldridge scores 26, Portland routs Charlotte 93-69

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 5 2011 10:35 p.m. MST

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, drives on Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March, 5, 2011.

Don Ryan, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 93-69 Saturday night, a little more than a week after the two teams pulled off a trade just minutes before the deadline.

Patty Mills made four 3-pointers for the Trail Blazers.

Gerald Henderson had 16 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four straight, all on the road.

The Blazers sent centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, forward Dante Cunningham, and a pair of conditional first-round draft picks to Charlotte on Feb. 24 in exchange for Gerald Wallace, who was the last original member of the 7-year-old Bobcats. The deal was struck just seven minutes before the deadline.

Wallace, an All-Star last season, had seven points off the bench against his former team.

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