Trail Blazers at Bobcats
The Portland Trail Blazers have spent the last week on the road and have little to show for it. They opened a seven-game trip with four straight losses and following an exhausting 118-117 double-overtime win in Cleveland on Saturday, the Trail Blazers will continue their seven-game road trip on Monday when they face the Charlotte Bobcats. Portland snapped a four-game losing streak and improved its road record to 3-7 as Nicholas Batum hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime.
Charlotte matched last season's win total with a double-overtime victory in Washington on Nov. 24 but has struggled to surpass it. It was blown out in Oklahoma City and then lost close games to Atlanta and Philadelphia. The Bobcats will try for their eighth win after Ben Gordon scored 19 points in Friday's 104-98 loss to Philadelphia.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Northwest (Portland), SportSouth (Charlotte),
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (7-10): Portland shot 48.9 percent Saturday and so far on the trip it is shooting 41.2 percent. Rookie guard Damian Lillard failed to score in double figures for the first time Friday before rebounding with a 24-point performance. That marked his 10th 20-point performance and before Saturday he was just 16-of-59 shooting on the trip. Portland's bench came into Saturday averaging a league-worst 12.8 points but was highly productive as the unit combined on 29 points in 76 minutes.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS (7-8): Probably the best member of the starting lineup Friday was rookie swingman Jeffery Taylor, the team's second-round pick from Vanderbilt. He tied a season-high with 16 points and has reached double figures in six of seven games while hitting 32 of 59 shots. Charlotte's defense has been inconsistent. The Bobcats allowed three of their first four opponents to score 100 points, then held six straight foes under 100 but enter Monday having allowed 100 in four of their last five games.
1. Portland has won five of the last six meetings with the Bobcats and 10 of 15 in the all-time series.
2. The last meeting was a 112-68 Portland home victory on Feb. 1. That game was Portland's largest margin of victory since 1997.
3. Charlotte G Ramon Sessions is averaging a career-high 15.9 points per game but is shooting a career-worst 38.7 percent.