Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a season-high 20 points off the bench but the Cats couldn’t prevent Portland’s three-point barrage as the Blazers connected on an NBA season-high 21 treys in a 134-104 home win on Jan. 2 at the Moda Center.
The Cats could not slow a blazing hot Portland start and found themselves down 28-13 early in the contest. The Blazers started a perfect 6-for-6 from long range in the first seven minutes behind two treys apiece from Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews. Charlotte tried to counter, shooting 6-for-11 (55 percent) from the field and 1-for-2 from long range, but Portland seemingly couldn’t miss, going 11-for-13 (85 percent) from the field including the six threes. Mo Williams made it seven-straight threes as Portland pushed its lead to 33-13 with two minutes remaining, setting an NBA high for three-pointers in the first quarter this season. Portland’s first miss came from Williams at the 1:18 mark as they finished shooting 7-for-8 in the frame to take a 39-21 lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Blazers tied an NBA season high with 21 three-pointers while shooting 63.6 percent from beyond the arc. Charlotte finished 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) from long range… The Cats got to the free-throw line 36 times in the contest, connecting on 29 attempts. The Blazers shot just 5-for-7 from the charity stripe… Portland controlled the boards, 52-30, including 12-6 on the offensive glass, leading to a 20-10 advantage in second-chance points… Charlotte outscored the Blazers in the paint, 42-36… The Bobcats forced 17 Portland turnovers and turned them into 20 points. The Blazers turned the Cats over nine times for 14 points.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Chris Douglas-Roberts came off the bench and scored a season-high 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including 2-for-3 from long range. He added four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 23 minutes.
BLAZERS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Damian Lillard totaled 24 points while shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc. He added seven assists and swiped two steals.
Four Bobcats finished in double-digit scoring led by Chris Douglas-Roberts (20 points) and followed by Al Jefferson (19), Gerald Henderson (16) and Ramon Sessions (14)… Kemba Walker scored six points, ending his streak of scoring in double figures in 22-straight games, the longest streak of his career… Jefferson has now scored in double figures in 21-consecutive games … Walker and Henderson are two of only 17 guards in the NBA that have started all their team’s games this year, and join Portland’s Damien Lillard and Wesley Matthews and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan as the only backcourt duos to start every game… Portland’s 21 three-pointers tied a franchise high it set in a 139-105 victory at the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 14… The Blazers are now 12-1 against Eastern Conference opponents… Portland's 39 points in the first quarter matched their season high... The Blazers have made at least eight three-pointers in eight consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.
The Cats close their five-game road trip at 10 p.m. on Jan. 4 in Sacramento as they take on the Kings. Listen live on WFNZ 610am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.