Lillard helps Blazers beat Pelicans 132-119
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 02, 2018 01:23 PM
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, rashes in to poke the ball away from New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 26 points to help Portland beat New Orleans 132-119 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in the first meeting between the teams since the Pelicans swept the Trail Blazers in the first round of last season's playoffs.
Jusuf Nurkic added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who made 18 three-pointers in their third straight win.
New Orleans dropped its fourth consecutive game. The Pelicans were the sixth seed last season when they upset the third-seeded Blazers in the playoffs.
Julius Randle scored 29 points, but Pelicans star Anthony Davis was sidelined by a right elbow sprain. Davis had returned from the injury Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) against Golden State, when he collected 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 131-121 loss to the Warriors.
Pelicans: Davis warmed up with his teammates before the game. ... In his pregame talk with reporters, Alvin Gentry shot down reports of a confrontation the night before with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. "It couldn't be further from the truth," Gentry said, characterizing the conversation as friendly.
Trail Blazers: Terry Stotts was coaching his 500th game for the Blazers. ... Portland's franchise high for three-pointers is 21. ... Portland's point total was a season-high. ... The Blazers scored 30-plus points in every quarter.
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The Pelicans had eight three-pointers compared to Portland's 18.
"We've gotta get guys off the line, you know? The point differential is 30 points from the three-point line," Gentry said. "I mean, we dominate in the paint, we shoot more free throws, but it's really, really difficult to make up a 30-point deficit from three. So we've got to get them off the line and make a few more of our own."
Pelicans: Visit the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Trail Blazers: Host LeBron James and the Lakers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).