ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Trail Blazers were only in the first quarter against the woeful Bobcats when Nicolas Batum took off and lobbed the ball off the backboard into the hands of charging rookie Meyers Leonard for a dunk.
The play didn't go over well with Blazers coach Terry Stotts, who warned the duo about sportsmanship during halftime of Portland's 122-105 victory over Charlotte on Monday.
"I didn't care for it. In fact, it was kind of messing with the game a little bit," Stotts said afterward.
The pass-off-the-glass dunk had no impact on the outcome. LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds, leading seven Blazers in double figures.
Batum and rookie Damian Lillard each finished with 20 points and Portland shot a season-best 59.8 percent from the field. Leonard had a season-high 15 points off the bench -- including that dunk from Batum.
"It was probably a little risky, but hey," Leonard shrugged.
Ramon Sessions had 18 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who have lost seven straight games. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 points.
The Bobcats were playing the second of a back-to-back and looked like it. They lost 119-83 at Sacramento on Sunday night after the Kings scored 43 points in the third quarter.
One thing that improved for Charlotte was rebounding. After they were outrebounded 61-30 against the Kings, the Bobcats finished with a 44-41 advantage over the Blazers.
"One thing is true -- you have got to know how you lost. They are strong at the pick-and-roll game and they found their 3-ball, that's what hurt us," Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. "We changed some schemes in the second half, and they still shot well."
The Bobcats, who lost 18 in a row earlier this season, have only 13 wins -- a league low.
The Blazers, still fighting for a spot in the playoffs, won three of four games on their homestand but now head out on the road with games at Memphis, San Antonio and New Orleans. Portland is 3
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