Trail Blazers 122, Bobcats 105

Kerry Eggers, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PORTLAND -- LaMarcus Aldridge led seven players in double figures with 20 points as the Portland Trail Blazers downed the Charlotte Bobcats 122-105 Monday night at the Rose Garden.
Aldridge also had 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots for the Trail Blazers (28-31), who handed the Bobcats (13-47) their seventh straight setback.
Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard each added 20 points for the Blazers, who shot a season-best .598 from the field and were 12-for-4 from 3-point range.
Ramon Sessions scored 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist collected 17 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which dropped to 6-25 on the road this season.
The Blazers fired at a .651 clip in the first half, including 8-for-13 on 3-point attempts, and reached a season high for points in any half in mounting a 68-55 advantage at intermission.
Four Blazers were already in double figures by the break, led by J.J. Hickson with 13 points to go with six rebounds.
Charlotte stayed within range in no small part to a 23-19 rebounding advantage, including 14 off the offensive glass.
The Blazers hit 10 of first 14 shots and still led only 24-19. They were on top 31-25 after one quarter and led 41-37 when they began to get some separation, jumping in front by 15 points late in the half.
NOTES: Charlotte has lost its last seven games and is 2-15 in its last 17 games. The Bobcats own the NBA's worst record at 13-47, but Portland coach Terry Stotts is mindful of the Trail Blazers' 118-112 overtime victory at Charlotte on Dec. 3. "I reminded our guys of that game today at shootaround," Stotts said. "Charlotte played us so well, we were lucky to come out with the win. (The Bobcats) probably should have beaten us, and they're playing the same guys. There's no way we're going to overlook them." ... Charlotte reserve guard Ramon Sessions has gotten to the free-throw line 342 times this season, 78 times more than Portland's most frequent foul shooter, Aldridge. ... The Bobcats rank 27th in the NBA in rebounding percentage, but they have been particularly poor in that department of late, getting outrebounded 60-31 in a 119-83 loss at Sacramento Saturday night. It's a point of emphasis for coach Mike Dunlap. "There has been a drop-off from all the spots," Dunlap said. "We re-established some goals and told each guy what he is responsible for." ... Charlotte has scored 100 points in only one of its last 16 games. ... Lillard will play alongside newly acquired veteran point man Eric Maynor as he did for long stretches in Saturday's win over Minnesota. Playing the point for heavy minutes "takes a toll," Stotts said. "Damian has handled it very well. But given the opportunity to play with Eric, when we can move (Lillard) off the ball, it creates other opportunities for him and takes a little bit of the weight off his shoulders."

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