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Late Hornets rally falls just short in 93-91 loss to Trail Blazers

Charlotte had many opportunities to win the game down the stretch.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

A late Charlotte Hornets rally fell just short Saturday night as they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 93-91 in a heart breaker. They fall to 10-19 on the season.

The Hornets could not get anything going on the offensive end in the first half. They ended the first session with only 37 points on 32 percent shooting. Portland struggled for much of the first half as well, until Damian Lillard burned Charlotte for three late three pointers to give the Blazers a 12 point half time lead.

Batum started to heat up in the third quarter scoring 18 in the period. The Frenchman dragged a faltering Hornets team through the quarter and eventually cut the deficit to only 3 points late in the third. He did not score a single point in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with a season high 23.

A sloppy fourth quarter from the Trail Blazers would allow Charlotte right back in it. Portland continuously turned the ball over and allowed a 13-0 run mid-way through the quarter. Charlotte could not capitalize, though. They managed to tie it up late after Jeremy Lamb made a trio of free throws, but mistakes and missed opportunities haunted them as their shots refused to fall down the stretch. Walker would miss four potential winning or tying shots in the final 90 seconds of play.

Kemba Walker had a relatively quiet night until the fourth with 14 points on 7-26 shooting. Dwight Howard added 9 points along with 15 rebounds. Batum made five shots from beyond the arc, also a season high.

It was a terrible night for Charlotte’s second unit as the bench only combined to shoot 7-28 from the field, with 15 points from Lamb being the only true impact from the bench. Malik Monk was yet again a DNP due to coach’s decision. Charlotte shot 34% from the field as a team.

Portland was led by 25 from CJ McCollum and 18 from point guard Damian Lillard. Jusuf Nurkic was involved in a physical battle with Howard much of the game and finished with 14 points of his own.

The Hornets will be in action again on Monday night when they host the New York Knicks at the Spectrum Center as they continue a four game home stand that will last until December 22nd.