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Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard power Trail Blazers over Bobcats

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Mo Williams came off the bench and put up 15 points and recorded 10 assists, his first double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a blowout victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, 134-104. The Trail Blazers had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 54-93 (58.1%) from the field, including 21-33 (63.6%) from beyond the arc. Portland (26-7) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Williams shot 6-9 (3-5 from three-point range) in a solid outing. Other top performers for Portland were Damian Lillard with 24 points and 7 assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Despite the loss, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 points off the bench for Charlotte on 6-8 shooting (2-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-7 from the free throw line.

The offense of Portland won the rebounding battle, as two elite units collided. They finished the contest with an OR% of 33.3%, and rank fifth in the NBA in that category on the season (29.1%). The defense of Charlotte collects rebounds at a rate of 76.7%, good for first in the league in DR%. Along with their eFG% of 69.4%, the Trail Blazers connected at a rate of 63.6% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 5-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Bobcats are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Charlotte (14-20) has now dropped their last five straight.

Coming up, the Trail Blazers play the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 11-21 on the season. The Bobcats match up against the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 10-21 this year. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Philadelphia this season. The Bobcats have a 1-0 record against Sacramento this season.

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