Blazers hits 21 3s to down Bobcats 134-104

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 12:33 am •  Published: January 3, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers made their first seven 3-pointers against Charlotte and from there it almost seemed too easy.

"Making shots is contagious," said Wesley Matthews, who had 25 points, including five of Portland's 21 3-pointers, in a 134-104 rout of the Bobcats on Thursday night.

The 21 3-pointers matched a franchise high, set in a 139-105 victory at the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 14, and made Portland the first NBA team to have two games in one season with at least 20 3-pointers.

Damian Lillard 24 points, making all six of his 3-point tries, and the Blazers finished by making 63.6 percent of their 33 attempts. The NBA record for 3-pointers in a single game is 23.

"It was a lot of fun," said Lillard, who has made at least four 3-pointers in four straight games. "Shots were falling."

With the win, Portland upped its record to 26-7 and moved back into the top spot in the Western Conference.

It was the season-high fifth-straight loss for the Bobcats, who were coming off a 112-85 loss to the Clippers the night before. Charlotte has lost six straight in Portland.

Chris Douglas-Roberts came off the bench to lead the Bobcats with a season-high 20 points. Al Jefferson added 19.

The 21 3s were the most the Bobcats had ever allowed in franchise history.

"Our team is thinking too much about offense, we have individual guys who need to build their games around their defense and they're worried about they're offense," Bobcats first-year coach Steve Clifford said. "We're not built that way. We're not going to be outscoring people. If we're not going to commit to defense and rebounding, then we're limited in how good we can be."

The Blazers were coming off a 98-94 come-from-behind victory at Oklahoma City on New Year's Eve. The win snapped a two-game losing streak, the first back-to-back losses for Portland this season.

Charlotte has been known this season for its defense. The Bobcats have held opponents to under 100 points 24 times this season, and they went into the game ranked third in the league for points allowed with an average of 93.8.

But they couldn't stop Portland, which led by as many as 32 points.

The Blazers went ahead 23-9 early after a 14-0 run that included four straight 3-pointers.

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