PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4 (Ticker) -- Rookie Sebastian Telfair's fourth-quarter performance showed why many believed he was the most talented point guard in last year's draft.

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Telfair scored 14 of his season-high 23 points in the final period and Damon Stoudamire also added 23 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 101-89 victory in their first meeting with the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

The Trail Blazers led almost the entire way and built their largest lead at 75-59 with 9 1/2 minutes left on a pair of free throws by Telfair, who was the 13th pick in the 2004 draft. But the Bobcats rallied with an 18-6 run capped by a 3-pointer by former Blazer Steve Smith to close to 81-77 with 4:09 to go.

Playing for the struggling Nick Van Exel, Telfair was 6-of-7 from the line in the fourth quarter, including three free throws with 2:25 left to give Portland a 90-79 lead.

Stoudamire sealed the victory with six free throws in the final 48 seconds as Portland won consecutive games for the first time since mid-December. The 19-year-old Telfair angered the Bobcats when he drilled a long 3-pointer as time expired.

Primoz Brezec collected 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Melvin Ely added 16 and 11 for Charlotte, which was trying to win consecutive road games for the first time.

Playing without injured star rookie Emeka Okafor, the Bobcats lost for the 10th time in their last 11 road games.