PORTLAND -- Guards Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard combined for 49 points as Portland dismantled the Charlotte Bobcats 134-104 Thursday night at the Moda Center.
Matthews (25 points) and Lillard (24) were the catalysts on a night when the Trail Blazers (26-7) were sensational from 3-point range. Portland was 21-of-33 from beyond the arc, including 11-of-13 in the first quarter.
The two Portland guards combined to make 17-of-24 shots from the field and 11-of-12 on 3-point attempts. The Blazers' third guard, Mo Williams, came off the bench for 15 points and 10 assists.
Center Al Jefferson led Charlotte (14-20) with 19 points.
The Blazers were lights out in the first half, especially from long range, in running up a 70-49 halftime lead. They shot 61.4 percent from the field and were 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) on 3-point attempts. With Lillard - 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 on treys for 16 points -- leading the way, the Blazers led by as many as 27 points in the half.
Portland made its first two 3-point tries of the third quarter and built the margin to 89-61 midway through the quarter. By that time, Lillard had 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting -- including 6-of-6 from 3-point range.
Charlotte finally got things going, using an 11-0 run to get to within 89-72. Matthews then hit a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 Portland spurt that ended Bobcat hopes for a comeback. Forward LaMarcus Aldridge's jumper at the buzzer allowed the Blazers to take a 100-77 lead into the fourth quarter.
Portland made 11 of its first 13 shots from the field en route to a 28-13 lead seven minutes into the game. The Blazers boosted the advantage to 33-13 before settling for a 39-21 edge after one quarter. The Blazers were 7-of-8 from 3-point range in the quarter and made 11 of their first 13 3-point attempts to jack their lead to 55-31 with 7:30 left in the second quarter.
The margin kept building as the Blazers kept scoring. They led 64-37 with three minutes to play before halftime.
NOTES: Both teams have been strong in close games. Portland is 16-3 in games decided by 10 points or fewer. Charlotte has more wins than any NBA team (nine) in games decided by six points or fewer. ... The Blazers entered the game as the only team to have used the same starting five (F Nicolas Batum, F LaMarcus Aldridge, C Robin Lopez, G Damian Lillard and G Wesley Matthews) all season. "That's been very important to our success," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "We've been very fortunate. We haven't had to talk about injuries at all." ...The only change Stotts has made to his rotation all season is the insertion of second-year C/F Meyers Leonard ahead of F Thomas Robinson off the bench. The 7-foot-1 Leonard, who has played in each of the last six games, was brought in for primarily defensive purposes. ... The Bobcats came in ranked third in the league in opponents' scoring (94.4) and fifth in opponents' field-goal percentage (.429) but 29th in scoring (92.3) and last in field-goal percentage (.420). "We actually want to play as fast as we can," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. "Our games have been low-scoring because we are not a power offensive team, but also because our defense has been good. We have made teams work into the shot clock. But our philosophy is get the ball up the floor and the defense on the move as quickly as we can."