Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 33 points as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-94, Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Charlotte led by as many as 29 points early in the third quarter after jumping out to a 71-45 halftime lead. The Trail Blazers woke up in the second half as they outscored the Hornets 49-35 in the final two frames.
Portland cut the Hornets' lead down to 6 points at the with 2:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. Charlotte followed with a 8-0 run in the waning minutes to put the game out of reach.
Batum combined with Al Jefferson to score 62 of the team’s 106 points.
Jefferson finished with 29 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the floor. Batum scored 15 of his 33 points from deep, shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) from the three-point line.
Aside from Batum, the Hornets shot 4-of-26 from the three-point line.
Kemba Walker (14 points) and Jeremy Lamb (13 points) also both scored in double figures for the Hornets. Walker received his first technical foul of the season 57 seconds in to the second quarter.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 23 points but shot 36 percent (9-of-25). Lillard tallied 19 of his points in the first half.
Allen Crabbe scored 17 and C.J. McCollum tallied 16 as Portland lost its fifth straight game.
Former Hornets Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson returned to Charlotte for the first time since they were dealt for Batum in the offseason.
Vonleh started for Portland and scored nine points, and six rebounds, in 23 minutes. Henderson was held scoreless through six minutes of action.
Charlotte was outrebounded by the Trailblazers on Sunday night, 37-46. The Hornets shot 49 percent from the field and held Portland to a 39 percent mark.
The Hornets will return to action Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as the team travels to take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.