Pelicans beat Blazers 102-94; Lillard misses all 10 3s
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 24, 2019 01:39 PM
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, center, loses control of the ball as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left and center Hassan Whiteside, right, look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. The Blazers won 113-106. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
By Erik Garcia Gundersen, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Brandon Ingram had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans capitalized on Damian Lillard’s shooting struggles to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-94 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and nine rebounds but Portland had its four-game winning streak snapped. Hassan Whiteside added 16 rebounds and 11 points.
Portland’s backcourt duo of Lillard and CJ McCollum was a combined 2 for 20 from the 3-point line. Lillard had an especially tough night, going 0 for 10 beyond the arc, the first time in his career that he’s failed to make a 3-pointer while attempting at least seven.
New Orleans was 15 for 35 from the 3-point line while Portland finished 4 for 29. The Pelicans outscored the Blazers 45-12 behind the arc.
Derrick Favors had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, while JJ Redick had 16 points.
Anthony had 11 points in the first half of his return from injury, including a steal and 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer to tie the game at 31. However, Anthony’s 3-pointer was the only one the Blazers made in 12 attempts in the first half.
Lillard finished 6 of 21. He didn’t make a field goal in the fourth quarter until there were 58 seconds left.
The Blazers led 56-54 at halftime but the Pelicans made six 3-pointers in the third quarter and pushed the ball while Portland continued to struggle shooting the ball from the outside. Anthony had eight points in the third quarter to help keep Portland within single digits.
A 3-pointer by Holiday gave the Pelicans a 95-88 lead with 7:09 left in the game. A dunk by Kenrich Williams gave the Pelicans their biggest lead of the game at 101-91 with 3:34 left.
Pelicans: Zion Williamson hasn’t played yet this season but while the Pelicans aren’t giving many details about his rehab, Williamson looks like someone who is getting closer to playing condition. Williamson worked up a sweat on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after going through a 20-minute workout prior to the game after participating the Pelicans’ shootaround earlier in the day. “He’s done some stuff,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “But as I said we’re taking it slow and he’s working his butt off to get back out on the court. When the time comes, we’ll put him out there.” The Pelicans say they will be overly cautious.
Trail Blazers: After missing the better part of the last two games, the Trail Blazers got Anthony back. Anthony banged knees with an opposing player in Portland’s win on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) over the Orlando Magic and left after playing only 10 minutes. “He’s been working with the health and performance department over the last three games and it just gradually got to the point where he feels good to play,” coach Terry Stotts said.
Pelicans: Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at Denver Nuggets.
Trail Blazers: Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at Utah Jazz.