The Portland Trail Blazers shot over 60% from the field and 50% from three, in route to a 122-105 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Monday Night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and Rookie of the Year favorite Damian Lillard had 20 points and seven assists. Seven Portland Trail Blazers reached double figures and handed the Bobcats their sixth straight double-digit loss.
The Bobcats have lost seven games in a row. Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats with 18 points off the bench. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats starting lineup 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kemba Walker shot 25% from the field, but finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte shot 46% from the field but just 10% from three.
All five of the Trail Blazers starters reached double digits and shot over 50% from the field. The Blazers have one of the most balanced offensive starting lineups in the league and had little trouble picking apart the Bobcats. With the win, the Trail Blazers are just three and a half games back of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers sit above them in the 9th spot out West and have started gaining momentum with their recent play.
Head Coach Mike Dunlap attributed the loss to Portland’s offense for hitting the three point shot and utilizing the pick and roll well. It’s been one of the main things the Bobcats have struggled with defensively this season. Lineups like Portland frequently give the Bobcats trouble because of the teams inability to rotate to shooters and guard multiple offensive weapons.
While the string of losses isn’t phasing most Bobcats fans right now, Gerald Henderson said after the game that the team has to remain positive and keep trying to find ways to improve game-by-game. Things will continue to get tougher though, as 12 of the Bobcats remaining 22 games are against playoff teams.