Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard scored a season-high 43 points and added eight assists and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 125-116 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Player of the Game
Damian  Lillard
EFF
44
Damian Lillard
Points 43
Accuracy 12-19
Rebounds 4
Assists 8

Ben McLemore established a season-best with 28 points off the bench and matched his career-high of eight 3-pointers as Portland won for just the second time in its past 12 games. Norman Powell added 14 points to help the Trail Blazers halt a six-game home losing streak.

LaMelo Ball scored 27 points in 29 minutes in his first action since missing six games due to COVID-19 protocols. But he couldn't end Charlotte's troubles in the Pacific Northwest as the club dropped its 14th straight game in Portland since last winning during the 2007-08 season.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points, P.J. Washington scored 16 and Miles Bridges and Cody Martin had 14 apiece. Bridges added a career-best 11 assists.

The Trail Blazers set a franchise record with 16 first-half 3-pointers while holding an 81-55 lead at the break.

The Hornets trailed by 29 in the third quarter before whittling away at the deficit. Ball and Oubre made consecutive baskets to cut Portland's lead to 118-112 with 1:17 left.

But McLemore knocked down his eighth trey with 49.8 seconds left to dent the Charlotte rally and the Trail Blazers closed it out from there.

Portland connected on 51.8 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 21 of 47 from 3-point range. Jusuf Nurkic added 10 points before fouling out and Larry Nance Jr. also scored 10.

Lillard matched his season-best of six 3-pointers for the Trail Blazers.

The Hornets made 47.8 percent of their shots and were 13 of 37 from behind the arc.

Lillard scored 17 first-quarter points as Portland led 41-24.

It was McLemore's turn in the second as he made six 3-point attempts and scored 20 points. He drained back-to-back 3-pointers to push the advantage to 28 with 4:56 left and later drained another one for a 73-44 lead with 3:24 to play.

Lillard capped the first-half splurge with a 3-pointer with 24.4 seconds remaining.

Lillard scored 14 points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer that grew the lead to 93-64 with 7:53 left. Charlotte later went on an 18-6 surge to pull within 15 before the Trail Blazers took a 103-86 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

 

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Portland Trail Blazers
Charlotte Hornets
52%
44/85
Field goals
48%
44/92
50
Rebounds
44
27
Assists
29
7
Steals
8
45%
21/47
3-pointers
35%
13/37
89%
16/18
Free throws
83%
15/18

Best players

Damian  Lillard
43 PTS
12/19 FG
13/14 FT
LaMelo  Ball
27 PTS
11/17 FG
2/2 FT
Robert  Covington
10 REB
8 DREB
2 OREB
Miles  Bridges
6 REB
5 DREB
1 OREB
Damian  Lillard
8 As
3 TO
37 MIN
Miles  Bridges
11 As
2 TO
38 MIN
Damian  Lillard
44 EFF
75% 2P%
55% 3P%
Miles  Bridges
26 EFF
60% 2P%
0% 3P%