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Blazers hot on the road, hand Hornets seventh straight loss

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Nov 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) looks to drive against Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the second quarter at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard poured in 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won another road game by defeating the Charlotte Hornets 105-95 on Wednesday night.

Lillard shot 8-for-16 from the field, making six of the team’s 11 baskets from 3-point range. He also supplied a game-high seven assists and pulled down six rebounds.

Anfernee Simons scored 19 points with six assists, Shaedon Sharpe racked up 17 points and Drew Eubanks had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who’ve won five of their six road games.

Portland is 3-1 on a six-game road trip.

All five Charlotte starters reached double figures in points, led by Terry Rozier with 18 in the team’s seventh consecutive loss.

Kelly Oubre Jr. and Mason Plumlee both had 16 points, Dennis Smith Jr. added 13 and PJ Washington had 10. Plumlee pulled in 12 rebounds.

The Hornets, who finished an 0-3 homestand, were only 10 of 40 on 3-point attempts.

The Trail Blazers took 16 fewer shots from the field than the Hornets, but they connected on 53.3 percent from the field. Charlotte was 37.4.

Portland pulled away midway through the fourth quarter with contributions from several players. Simons scored on three separate possessions in slightly more than two minutes.

Josh Hart’s layup created a 100-87 advantage before the Hornets made another move. Then trailing 100-93, Charlotte had two possessions with a chance to make it interesting but failed to convert.

Earlier, the Hornets built a 30-20 lead, but managed only four points in the last five minutes of the first half. That allowed Portland to go to halftime with a 58-53 lead.

Charlotte began the second half strong, climbing to a 72-60 edge. But the Trail Blazers got it going again, with Lillard scoring seven straight points as part of a 12-0 run.

Hart finished with 11 rebounds from his guard position.

–Field Level Media