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Lillard has 30 and Portland beats Charlotte 115-112

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard just knew.

His shot to end the third quarter against Charlotte was listed at 47 feet in the official statistics.

“I was like, man, that's going to have a chance,” Lillard said. "It was a good shot."

The rest of the game wasn't nearly as certain for the Portland Trail Blazers, who escaped with a 115-112 victory on Monday night.

Lillard finished with 30 points while Anthony Tolliver had a season-high 16, all in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum added 27 as the Blazers snapped a two-game overall losing streak and a four-game skid at the Moda Center.

The Blazers, who led by as many as 17 points in the first half before Charlotte closed the gap and took a third-quarter lead, have won their last six games against the Hornets.

Tolliver's 3-pointer put Portland up 102-94 but Dwayne Bacon answered with a 3 for the Hornets to keep it close.

Cody Zeller's layup pulled Charlotte within 109-107 with just over 3 minutes to go and P.J. Washington made a pair of free throws to tie it. Tolliver's 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 112-109 with 2:11 left before Carmelo Anthony had a key steal and Lillard made a layup.

But Devonte' Graham's 3-pointer got the Hornets within two points. Lillard made the first of a pair of free throws for a slight cushion, and Graham's 3-pointer in a scramble at the buzzer was blocked by Kent Bazemore. Terry Rozier slipped trying to get open.

Both teams have been struggling to start the new year. Portland currently sits at 11th in the Western Conference while the Hornets are in ninth in the East.

Rozier had 27 points for the Hornets, who were coming off a 100-92 loss at Phoenix the night before. Monday's game was the third of a four-game road trip.

“It's stressful. It hurts and it should hurt,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “But this is only going to make us stronger, more resilient. Our guys are showing growth in these moments.”

Tolliver said his fourth quarter was all about persistence.

“That's who I am, that's what's allowed me to play in the league as long as I have,” he said. “Just being able to stay with it, no matter what the circumstances are. Trusting my work, trusting my faith and just being able to go out there and play with a lot of confidence whether I'm 0 for 5 or 5 for 5.”

Hassan Whiteside was back in Portland's starting lineup after missing Saturday's loss to Milwaukee because of a respiratory illness. But Mario Hezonja missed the game because of a sore back.

Borrego started Zeller at center for Bismack Biyombo, who did not play.

The teams appeared to be fairly evenly matched through the first quarter, but Portland began to pull away midway through the second, when McCollum's driving layup made it 43-37.

Gary Trent Jr. capped an 11-0 Portland run with a 3-pointer that put the Blazers ahead 52-37.

The Blazers took a 62-46 lead into the break, led by McCollum with 20 points in 16 minutes.

The Hornets hit four straight 3-pointers to open the second half, closing the gap to 62-58. McCollum's 3 ended the run.

Graham's 3-pointer got the Hornets within 67-66, but they couldn’t pull ahead until Willy Hernangomez's layup made it 80-78. Charlotte made nine 3-pointers in the third quarter alone.

Lillard's heave from more than 40 feet out gave the Blazers a 91-89 lead to start the final quarter.

“That's a good way to finish off the quarter - it was a rough quarter,” Lillard said. “We allowed them to shoot a bunch of 3s and that's not how we want to lose the lead, but it happened and we just had to find a way. And we did that.”

TIP INS:

Hornets: It was the first of two meetings between the teams. The Blazers visit Charlotte on March 24. ... The Hornets have not beaten the Blazers since January 2017. The team has not won in Portland since March 2008 - a streak of 12 games.

Trail Blazers: The game ended Portland's short two-game homestand, with the next three on the road. ... Guy Fieri was at Monday's game. ... Lillard had 14 points in the third quarter alone. ... Tolliver also had 11 rebounds.

BIG QUARTER

The Hornets had 43 points in the third quarter, the most the Blazers had allowed in a quarter all season.

“I would imagine giving up nine 3-pointers is the most 3s we've given up in a quarter as well,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “To be able to withstand that, I'm just glad we had a cushion.”

UP NEXT:

The Hornets conclude the road trip on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

The Trail Blazers visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:43 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Carmelo Anthony 0-3
11:19   Miles Bridges missed reverse layup, blocked by Hassan Whiteside  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
10:58 +2 Hassan Whiteside made reverse layup, assist by Carmelo Anthony 0-5
10:46   Terry Rozier missed finger-roll layup  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
10:28   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
10:08   P.J. Washington missed hook shot  
10:07   Offensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
10:05   Cody Zeller missed hook shot  
10:01   Offensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
10:01 +2 P.J. Washington made dunk 2-5
9:41   Shooting foul on Miles Bridges  
9:41 +1 Hassan Whiteside made 1st of 2 free throws 2-6
9:41 +1 Hassan Whiteside made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-7
9:22 +3 Devonte' Graham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Washington 5-7
9:06   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:04   Defensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
8:57   Miles Bridges missed layup, blocked by Hassan Whiteside  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
8:48   Carmelo Anthony missed jump shot  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
8:39   P.J. Washington missed alley-oop shot  
8:38   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
8:21   Bad pass turnover on Carmelo Anthony, stolen by Cody Zeller  
8:07 +2 Devonte' Graham made floating jump shot 7-7
7:44   Personal foul on Miles Bridges  
7:41   Hassan Whiteside missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:39   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
7:30   Terry Rozier missed fade-away jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
7:20 +2 Damian Lillard made driving layup 7-9
7:08   Devonte' Graham missed jump shot  
7:04   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
7:00   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Devonte' Graham  
6:55   Shooting foul on Kent Bazemore  
6:55 +1 P.J. Washington made 1st of 2 free throws 8-9
6:55 +1 P.J. Washington made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-9
6:45 +2 CJ McCollum made floating jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 9-11
6:32   Offensive foul on P.J. Washington  
6:32   Turnover on P.J. Washington  
6:20 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 9-13
6:02 +2 Willy Hernangomez made layup, assist by Devonte' Graham 11-13
5:47 +2 Carmelo Anthony made jump shot 11-15
5:30 +2 P.J. Washington made jump shot, assist by Devonte' Graham 13-15
5:05   CJ McCollum missed driving layup, blocked by Willy Hernangomez  
5:03   Defensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
4:52   P.J. Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
4:47   Personal foul on P.J. Washington  
4:37   Out of bounds turnover on Nassir Little  
4:28   Offensive foul on Willy Hernangomez  
4:28   Turnover on Willy Hernangomez  
4:17   Bad pass turnover on Anfernee Simons, stolen by Marvin Williams  
4:12   Shooting foul on Anfernee Simons  
4:12   Willy Hernangomez missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:12   CHA team rebound  
4:12   Willy Hernangomez missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:09   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
4:00 +3 Anfernee Simons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 13-18
3:50   Offensive foul on Willy Hernangomez  
3:50   Turnover on Willy Hernangomez  
3:32   Hassan Whiteside missed hook shot  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
3:25 +3 Marvin Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nicolas Batum 16-18
3:08   Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard  
3:00   Personal foul on Nassir Little  
2:47   Marvin Williams missed hook shot  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver  
2:39   Damian Lillard missed driving layup, blocked by Devonte' Graham  
2:28   Bad pass turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Nicolas Batum  
1:58   Gary Trent Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Devonte' Graham  
1:47 +2 Dwayne Bacon made driving layup 21-18
1:47   Shooting foul on Anfernee Simons  
1:47 +1 Dwayne Bacon made free throw 22-18
1:31 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Tolliver 22-21
1:13   Terry Rozier missed driving layup  
1:11   Offensive rebound by Willy Hernangomez  
1:11 +2 Willy Hernangomez made dunk 24-21
0:54 +2 Anfernee Simons made finger-roll layup 24-23
0:49   Dwayne Bacon missed driving layup  
0:49   POR team rebound  
0:35   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
0:35 +1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-25
0:15 +2 Willy Hernangomez made floating jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 26-25
0:03   Gary Trent Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   POR team rebound  
0:00   Damian Lillard missed fade-away jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:34   Marvin Williams missed floating jump shot  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver  
11:15   Anfernee Simons missed driving layup, blocked by P.J. Washington  
11:13   Defensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
11:09   Dwayne Bacon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Gary Trent Jr.  
10:56 +2 Carmelo Anthony made driving layup 26-27
10:39 +2 Terry Rozier made jump shot 28-27
10:21   CJ McCollum missed floating jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
10:13 +2 Terry Rozier made layup 30-27
9:55   Carmelo Anthony missed jump shot  
9:53   Offensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver  
9:45   Offensive foul on Carmelo Anthony  
9:45   Turnover on Carmelo Anthony  
9:30   P.J. Washington missed driving layup  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
9:25 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Carmelo Anthony 30-30
9:15   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:11   Offensive rebound by Malik Monk  
9:05   Dwayne Bacon missed driving layup  
9:03   Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver  
8:52 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 30-32
8:37   Malik Monk missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Anfernee Simons  
8:31   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by P.J. Washington  
8:21   Miles Bridges missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver  
8:04 +2 Carmelo Anthony made driving layup 30-34
7:52   Shooting foul on Anfernee Simons  
7:52 +1 Miles Bridges made 1st of 2 free throws 31-34
7:52 +1 Miles Bridges made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-34
7:34 +2 Carmelo Anthony made driving layup 32-36
7:27   Personal foul on CJ McCollum  
7:14   Shooting foul on Jaylen Hoard  
7:14   Terry Rozier missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:14   CHA team rebound  
7:14 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-36
7:03 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 33-39
6:40   Miles Bridges missed jump shot  
6:37   Offensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
6:37 +2 Nicolas Batum made dunk 35-39
6:16   Shooting foul on P.J. Washington  
6:16 +1 Carmelo Anthony made 1st of 2 free throws 35-40
6:16 +1 Carmelo Anthony made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-41
6:03   Personal foul on Gary Trent Jr.  
5:50   Miles Bridges missed hook shot  
5:49   Offensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
5:44 +2 Cody Zeller made dunk 37-41
5:39 +2 CJ McCollum made driving layup 37-43
5:21   Bad pass turnover on Malik Monk, stolen by Kent Bazemore  
5:15 +2 Jaylen Hoard made layup, assist by Kent Bazemore 37-45
5:15   Shooting foul on Nicolas Batum  
5:15 +1 Jaylen Hoard made free throw 37-46
5:03   Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
4:49 +3 Kent Bazemore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 37-49
4:36   Cody Zeller missed floating jump shot  
4:33   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
4:27 +3 Gary Trent Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 37-52
4:15   Lost ball turnover on Devonte' Graham, stolen by Kent Bazemore  
4:15   Personal foul on Devonte' Graham  
3:58   Lost ball turnover on Hassan Whiteside, stolen by Nicolas Batum  
3:56 +2 Nicolas Batum made dunk 39-52
3:56   Personal foul on Hassan Whiteside  
3:56   Cody Zeller missed free throw  
3:54   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
3:38   Gary Trent Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
3:24   Miles Bridges missed hook shot  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
3:09   Hassan Whiteside missed floating jump shot  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
2:56   Personal foul on Kent Bazemore  
2:56 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 40-52
2:56 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-52
2:46 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 41-55
2:32   Nicolas Batum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony  
2:18   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:16   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Batum  
2:09 +2 Terry Rozier made driving layup, assist by Nicolas Batum 43-55
1:48 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Carmelo Anthony 43-58
1:33   Cody Zeller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:29   Defensive rebound by Kent Bazemore  
1:25 +2 Damian Lillard made driving layup, assist by Kent Bazemore 43-60
1:05 +3 Devonte' Graham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Miles Bridges 46-60
0:44   Hassan Whiteside missed hook shot  
0:40   Defensive rebound by Devonte' Graham  
0:36   Devonte' Graham missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
0:30   Personal foul on Terry Rozier  
0:17 +2 Carmelo Anthony made jump shot 46-62
0:01   Marvin Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Offensive rebound by Devonte' Graham  
0:00   Devonte' Graham missed dunk  
0:00   CHA team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Miles Bridges missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Offensive rebound by Miles Bridges  
11:34 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devonte' Graham 49-62
11:12   Lost ball turnover on Hassan Whiteside, stolen by P.J. Washington  
11:03 +3 P.J. Washington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devonte' Graham 52-62
10:50   Carmelo Anthony missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:48   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
10:43   P.J. Washington missed layup, blocked by Hassan Whiteside  
10:43   CHA team rebound  
10:38 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by P.J. Washington 55-62
10:22   Bad pass turnover on Kent Bazemore, stolen by P.J. Washington  
10:17   Traveling violation turnover on Miles Bridges  
9:54   Carmelo Anthony missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
9:44 +3 Devonte' Graham made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 58-62
9:32 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 58-65
9:09   Devonte' Graham missed floating jump shot  
9:05   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
8:58   Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Cody Zeller  
8:48 +2 Cody Zeller made dunk, assist by Devonte' Graham