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Portland starts a three-game road trip at Charlotte, where LaMelo Ball and the home team win with fourth quarter play.

McCOLLUMA brief two-game winning streak for the Portland Trail Blazers ended Sunday at Charlotte.

In the first game of a three-game road trip, the host Hornets took over in the fourth quarter, winning 125-113.

Portland (3-3) led much of the first half and through the third quarter, but Charlotte (5-2) outscored the Blazers 36-25 in the fourth quarter.

Charlotte guard LaMelo Ball, who had an impressive game last year at the Moda Center, put on another show. He had 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and one turnover.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 26 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, while hitting six 3-pointers. Six players scored in double figures.

The Hornets shot .517 from the floor, including .476 from the 3-point line (20 of 42). They had 36 assists on 46 baskets.

"I thought we got caught up kind of playing their style," Portland coach Chauncey Billups said. "They get up and down and run and play like you're at the park. It's fun to play that way, and I thought we got caught up there."

CJ McCollum led the Blazers in scoring for the fifth time in six games with 25 points. Damian Lillard had another off game shooting, going 5 of 20 from the field (2 of 14 3-pointers) for 14 points. He did have 12 assists. Anfernee Simons had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Blazers went 17 of 54 (.315) on 3-pointers.

The Trail Blazers play 4 p.m. Monday at Philadelphia


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