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Game Clinching Play of the Night: Aminu Finishes Off The Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets tried to make a late run against the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, but Al-Farouq Aminu closed the door.

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Al-Farouq Aminu locked up the Portland Trail Blazers 109-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets with an and-1 dunk over Tyler Hansbrough late in the fourth quarter.

Hansbrough had harassed the Blazers all night with physical play in the paint. Most notable was a crazy series of back to back hard blocks against Damian Lillard, followed by a three pointer from Allen Crabbe:

His tactics helped Charlotte cut a 20 point deficit to single digits in the waning minutes of the fourth. Aminu's dunk stretched the Blazers lead back to double figures and sent a message that Hansbrough's intimidation and phsyicality would not swing the result tonight.

Aminu finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Lillard led the Blazers with 22 points.