A recurring theme — giving up a slew of 3-pointers — costs Hornets against Blazers

There was nothing new about how the Charlotte Hornets lost Monday — 3-point defense. For the sixth time this season, the Hornets gave up 20 or more 3s. This time it was 24 by the Portland Trail Blazers in a 123-111 road loss. The Hornets are 2-3 on this West Coast road trip. Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball had 30 points and eight rebounds, making 5 3s. But the Blazers took a 19-point lead in the second half with Carmelo Anthony scoring 29 off the bench. Observations off the game: HAYWARD, ZELLER, GRAHAM OUT AGAIN The Hornets were again without three of their top seven players: Gordon Hayward (hand …

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