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    Monday, December 3rd (All times eastern)

    Portland Trail Blazers (7-10) at Charlotte Bobcats (7-8), 7 p.m.

    (Sports Network) - Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard has exceeded expectations in his inaugural NBA season.

    Lillard and the Blazers are back in action Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats in the continuation of a seven-game eastern road trip. Lillard helped Portland end a four-game losing streak to start the trek with 24 points and 11 assists in Saturday's 118-117 double-overtime win at Cleveland.

    The sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft leads all rookies in scoring (18.8 ppg), field goals (111), free throws (54), assists (6.2 apg), steals (1.35 spg) and minutes (37.3 mpg), and leads all first-year players with 10 games of 20-plus points. According to Portland's team notes, Lillard, Derrick Rose and Allen Iverson are the only players to record 300 points and 100 assists in their first 17 career games.

    Nicolas Batum deserves some credit in the win over the Cavaliers, burying the go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in double overtime. Lillard dished the ball to an open Batum, who sank the 3-pointer in front of the Cleveland bench and finished with 22 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season.

    "It was much needed, that's an understatement," Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said of the victory.

    Portland is 3-7 outside of the Rose City and will close out the road swing Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers.

    The Bobcats already have as many wins (7) as they had a season ago and will continue a three-game homestand Monday night.

    Charlotte started the residency with a 104-98 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Gordon came off the bench to score 19 points. Jeff Taylor scored 16 points, Bismack Biyombo added 14 and Kemba Walker posted 13 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, losers in three straight and four of five games.

    "Any time you trade baskets with a good team, quality team like that, it's going to bite you in the butt," Gordon admitted. "We didn't do a good job of getting stops when we needed, getting key rebounds when we needed."

    Gordon is averaging 18.3 points on .500 shooting in his last four games. He is 15-of-24 from 3-point territory in that time.

    The Bobcats are in the midst of playing six of seven games at home and have 5-4 mark as the host. They will wrap up the homestand Wednesday versus New York, before hitting the road to Milwaukee on Friday.

    If Charlotte can make it close toward the end of Monday's game, it will have a good chance to come out on top as evidenced by a 6-1 mark in games decided by four points or less. Last season, the Bobcats were 3-10 in games decided by a margin of four or fewer points.

    Taylor has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games, averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists in that span. Walker has scored 10 or more points in 14 of 15 games this season.

    Charlotte lost its only matchup with Portland a season ago, dropping a 112-68 decision at the Rose Garden. The Blazers have won five of the last six contests in this series.

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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

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      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

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      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

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      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

      Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube
      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

      109th Tarpon Springs Epiphany: Schedule of Events, Road Closures

      TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2011 photo by Sue Thomas TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2011 photo by Sue Thomas
      Updated:

      The 109th Epiphany celebration begins Monday, January 5 with the Arrival of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the blessing of the fleet and continues on Tuesday, January 6 with Epiphany Services, Procession, Cross Dive and Glendi Celebration.  More>>

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