Blazers rout the Bobcats 122-105

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm •  Published: March 4, 2013

Lillard, who has won the West's rookie of the month honors for four straight months, hit a 3-pointer that put Portland ahead 66-51 late in the first half, and the Blazers went on to lead 68-55 at the break.

It was the most first-half points for Portland this season. The Blazers shot just over 65 percent.

The Blazers maintained a healthy lead throughout the third quarter, but Kidd-Gilchrist got the Bobcats closest when his basket narrowed the deficit to 74-65. Portland led by as many as 17 points in the second half.

Gerald Henderson's dunk pulled Charlotte within 108-96 with 3:12 left in the game, but Lillard answered with a 3-pointer for the Blazers. Portland coach Terry Stotts didn't send most of his starters to the bench until there was just 1:05 left.

Notes: Portland has won five straight against Charlotte at the Rose Garden. ... Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers was at the game. Rodgers played at Oregon State. .. A fan in the stands held a sign with Lillard's face and the words "We couldn't be prouder." ... Portland's 122 points were a season high in regulation.