Under first-year head coach Steve Clifford, the Charlotte Bobcats have shown great improvement. They lack a superstar player and a guy they can consistently rely on to get buckets when they need it most, yet still compete every night and have been the sixth-best defensive team in the league so far this season.
You wouldn’t have been able to tell if you watched Thursday night’s game. The Portland Trail Blazers lit up the scoreboard en route to a 134-104 win over the Bobcats.
The Blazers scored at least 30 points in each quarter and hit 21 (!!!) of their 33 three-point attempts. They posted an effective field goal percentage of 69.4%.
Wesley Matthews led the way with 25 points on eight-of-11 shooting. Damian Lillard had 24 points on nine-of-13 shooting. The two guards combined to play just 56 minutes in the game, but still managed to hit 11 of their 12 three-point attempts.
Mo Williams, who hit three of his five attempts from beyond the arc, came off of the bench to score 15 points and dish out 10 assists.
Chris Douglas-Roberts came off of the bench to lead the Bobcats with 20 points on six-of-eight shooting.
The Blazers are now 26-7 while the Bobcats are 14-20.