Jerami Grant scored 32 points and 10 rebounds, Jusuf Nurkic scored a season-high 28 and won 15 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their home dominance over the Charlotte Hornets with a 124-113 win on Monday night.
Nurkic hit five career-best three-pointers (of seven runs) and Grant hit four as Portland finished three skates.
LaMelo Ball had scored 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists before fouling the Hornets, which have lost for the 10th time in their past 12 games. PJ Washington added 22 points and together with Ball made four 3-pointers.
The defeat was Charlotte’s 15th straight in Portland since a 93-85 win on March 29, 2008, when the franchise was known as the Bobcats.
Anfernee Simons scored 18 points, Damian Lillard scored 17 points and 9 assists and Josh Hart had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Lillard only shot 5/18 on the field and Portland shot 50%, including 14/38 from 3 points.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 15, Mason Plumlee added 14 and Gordon Hayward had 10 for the Hornets, who connected with 40.2% of their shots and were 12/36 from behind the arc.
Portland recovered from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter and scored 40 points in the third inning for a six-point advantage in the final stanza.
The Trail Blazers scored 11 of the first 14 points of the third inning to take a 72-70 lead on Hart’s basket with 9:14 left.
Later in the span, Nurkic scored on a pitch and three-pointer and Hart scored another pitch to make it 90-81 with 3:26 left. Lillard’s first three-pointer in the competition made it 93-83 with 2:54 left.
Drew Eubanks connected from a 3-point range to give the Trail Blazers a 100-87 lead with 1:30 left. But Ball hit two shots in the round that ended 8-1 as Charlotte led 101-95 into the fourth inning.
Nurkic’s fourth three-pointer gave Portland a 108-99 lead with 8:55 left. His fifth pass came with 3:04 remaining and Lillard followed with a jump 32 seconds later to make it 121-106 as the Trail Blazers closed.
Washington scored 13 points in the first half as the Hornets led 67-61 after halftime.
Charlotte took a 65-51 lead on Hayward’s 18 feet with 2:16 remaining in the first half. Portland finished with an explosive 10-2 to start the comeback.
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