NBA Game Summary - Portland at New Orleans|
(Friday, March 14th)
Final Score: Portland 111, New Orleans 103
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard poured in 27 points and
had five assists as the Portland Trail Blazers took a 111-103 victory over the
New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
Nicolas Batum tallied 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with
five assists in the win. Wesley Matthews added 20 points for the Trail
Blazers, who snapped a four-game skid. Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright
contributed 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Anthony Davis scored a career-high 36 points with nine rebounds for the
Pelicans, who have lost two in a row. Brian Roberts netted 19 and dished five
helpers, while Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans scored 16 apiece.
"I don't care about that," Davis said of his career high. "I only care about
winning. We lost so all that is just for you guys."
Gordon added six rebounds and six assists, while Evans chipped in eight
rebounds and eight assists.
New Orleans led 81-80 to start the fourth and built its lead to six, 92-86,
with 8 1/2 left. Matthews answered with a 3-pointer, however, Evans put the
Pelicans back up five with a layup.
Lillard then converted a layup with just under six to play before he knotted
the game and took over.
Lillard hit a trey to knot the game at 94 apiece with just under five minutes
left to play and followed it up with a layup to put Portland ahead 96-94 with
4:17 left on the clock.
The Pelicans came within two points a few times over the next two minutes
before Lillard put the game away for good by scoring the Blazers' final nine
points through the last 1:47 of play.
"The game was on the line, so I needed to step up," Lillard said.
The Pelicans led 55-53 to start a back-and-forth third, which featured four
lead changes and six ties. New Orleans held the largest lead of the quarter,
81-75, with 2:06 on the clock, but Lillard scored the last five of the quarter
to bring Portland within one heading into the final frame.
The second quarter was just as tight as the third with 10 lead changes and six
ties. The largest lead of the quarter came at the 8:20 mark, 36-31, after
Matthews made a pair from the line for Portland.
The Blazers led, 29-26, after the first on the strength of shooting 4-for-7
from beyond the arc.
Portland hosts Golden State on Sunday ... Lillard scored 16 of his 27 points
in the fourth ... New Orleans will host Boston on Sunday ... Portland went 38-
for-78 from the field, while the Pelicans shot 41-for-86.
03/15 01:40:14 ET