Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 28 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 105-97 on Wednesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Matthews was 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range as Portland (12-3) improved to 7-0 against Eastern Conference teams.
Damian Lillard had 22 points, and Robin Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Brian Roberts had a career-high 24 points for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight and nine of 10. Al Jefferson had 21 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double.
Injuries keep piling up for the Hornets, who had two starters go down during the game. Marvin Williams left in the second quarter with a sprained left shoulder and Kemba Walker took an elbow to the head in the third. Walker returned in the fourth quarter, but Williams didn't.
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