Blazers rout the Bobcats 122-105

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm •  Published: March 4, 2013
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight loss with a 122-105 victory on Monday night.

Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard each finished with 20 points for the Blazers, who had seven players in double figures and shot nearly 60 percent from the field. Meyers Leonard, Portland's 7-foot rookie center, came off the bench to score a season-high 15 points.

Ramon Sessions had 18 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who have an NBA-low 13 wins this season. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points.

The Bobcats were playing the second of a back-to-back and looked like it. They lost 119-83 at Sacramento on Sunday night after the Kings scored 43 points in the third quarter.

The Blazers, still fighting for a spot in the playoffs, won three of four games on their homestand but now head out on the road with games at Memphis, San Antonio and New Orleans. Portland is 3½ games back of Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, while the Lakers are two games back of the Jazz.

Portland was coming off a 109-94 victory over the short-handed Timberwolves on Saturday.

Batum hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers an early 24-16 lead. The Blazers even got fancy, when Batum lobbed the ball up to the backboard and it bounced into the hands of Leonard, who dunked to make it 30-21.

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