Nurkic rallies Blazers past Hornets on Lillard’s big night


              Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, top, and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball collide during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball shoots a 3-pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (9) dunks over Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee, left, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots a 3-point basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier, left, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, shoots over Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, right, dunks in front of Charlotte Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
            
              Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Nurkic rallies Blazers past Hornets on Lillard’s big night