CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 14 (Ticker) -- Once again, the Charlotte Bobcats were beaten by a bomb at the buzzer.

One night after losing on a last-second 3-pointer in New York, the Bobcats suffered an 80-77 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, who got a long 3-pointer from Nick Van Exel at the horn.

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Portland held the ball for the last shot and nearly turned it over against Charlotte's pressure defense. Derek Anderson gathered the loose ball and kicked it out to Van Exel, who buried a 3-pointer from a good five feet beyond the arc.

"It's kind of hard to believe it could occur back-to-back, but there it is," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We had a breakdown where we made a bad decision. We had everybody locked up, but we made a bad decision and left Van Exel. He did what veterans do - he knocked it down."

"(He) is the kind of player that can make those kind of shots at any given time," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "He's always been a guy who can make shots like that at the end of the game."

The shot couldn't have come at a better time for Van Exel, who had made just seven of his last 40 shots.

"I didn't think the ball was going to get back in my hands (after the loose ball), so I wasn't really expecting to get the shot," Van Exel said. "I kept calling (Derek's) name and he had the vision to look up at the clock and realized he had time and got me the ball."

"I drew it up just how it happened," Cheeks joked. "They doubled the ball in the corner. I knew they would double the ball. I knew (Anderson) would have to go down to the floor and dig the ball out and Nick would be wide open. You know I knew that."

Jason Kapono's 3-pointer off penetration by Jason Hart on the previous possession tied the game, 77-77, but the Bobcats once again were unable to come up with a stop to force overtime.

"Jason Hart did an exceptional job," Bickerstaff said. "That's part of the play. He did a nice job of recognizing it (on his drive) and Kapono did a nice job of putting it in the hole, but it's moot."

In Sunday's 102-99 loss at New York, Charlotte rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, only to watch Tim Thomas' 3-pointer hit the rim, bounce high off the glass and drop through as time expired.

The Bobcats fell to 4-9 in games decided by three points or less.

"I thought the best they could do was a rush shot at the end," Bobcat forward Melvin Ely said. "All I tried to do was box out my man and wait for the long rebound. To see that thing go through the net was as heartbreaking as it can get."

Charlotte entered the fourth quarter with a 64-63 lead but missed its first seven shots of the fourth quarter and scored just two points in the first 7 1/2 minutes as Portland built a 71-66 lead.

Darius Miles scored eight of his 15 points in the period, including a baseline dunk that gave the Trail Blazers a 67-66 lead with 8:12 to play.

"We were playing good defense," Miles said. "And we knew they couldn't score as long as we were in a half-court defense. I had confidence in our defense. They played hard tonight like they always do, but we just wanted it more in the second half."

Joel Przybilla scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Ruben Patterson and Damon Stoudamire each added 17 points for Portland, which snapped a three-game slide.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to my guards," Przybilla said. "They were giving me easy passes for easy layups and dunks. When we play together like we did tonight, we're a tough team to beat."

The double-double was the second straight for Przybilla, who is filling in for the injured Zach Randolph.

"Every time I step on the court I feel more and more comfortable with these guys," Przybilla said. "They're making me feel comfortable out there."

Playing without star rookie Emeka Okafor, Charlotte got 16 points and eight rebounds from Ely and 10 and 18 from Primoz Brezec.

"It's just like that sometimes," Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace said. "Not once, but twice in two days; it takes a lot out of you. In losses like that, you can't drop your head, but you definitely can't hold it up, either."

The Bobcats outrebounded the Trail Blazers, 49-37, but shot 39 percent (31-for-80).

"This was a game we needed to win for our own psyche," Cheeks said. "Because playing hard night in, night out and not getting a win, it is something that we needed."