Printed one:eighteen a.m. ET Nov. two, 2018 | Updated 2:19 a.m. ET Nov. 2, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Whilst the Path Blazers located it easy to rating in opposition to the Pelicans, in the end it was their defense — and some stops in the fourth quarter — that served Portland pull away.
Damian Lillard scored 26 factors to assist Portland beat New Orleans 132-119 on Thursday night in the first assembly in between the groups because the Pelicans swept the Path Blazers in the very first spherical of last season’s playoffs.
Jusuf Nurkic extra 20 details and 9 rebounds for the Blazers, who built 18 3-pointers in their third straight acquire.
New Orleans, damage by the absence of star Anthony Davis, dropped its fourth consecutive video game. The Pelicans were being the sixth seed very last period when they upset the third-seeded Blazers in the playoffs.
“Tonight we arrived out and it was quick on offense, so it seemed like we type of just fell into that lure, the place we are heading to be capable to rating and hoping they pass up rather of heading out there and creating them miss out on, and getting the challenge. And observing that Anthony Davis wasn’t out there, you consider all those cases for granted. And they made us pay out for it early,” Lillard explained. “I believe we confirmed our maturity and progress in how we rebounded and adjusted and created the alterations we desired to make.”
Julius Randle scored 29 points, but Pelicans star Davis was sidelined by a ideal elbow sprain. Davis experienced returned from the harm Wednesday night time towards Golden State, when he gathered seventeen points, twelve rebounds and 7 assists in a 131-121 loss to the Warriors.
Davis sales opportunities New Orleans with 25.2 details and 13 rebounds for every game. He was replaced in the beginning lineup versus the Blazers by Jahlil Okafor.
The Blazers were dwelling soon after a 3-one vacation that incorporated victories at Orlando, Indiana and Houston.
Portland was without having Maurice Harkless simply because of a lingering still left knee personal injury. Harkless has performed in five of the Blazers’ eight online games this period.
Lillard experienced 10 points in the initial quarter and the Blazers led 35-31. The Pelicans have been paced by Randle, who experienced 23 factors in the initial half in advance of he collected three fouls and went again to the bench.
Seth Curry’s three-pointer gave the Blazers a fifty one-forty four benefit. E’Twaun Moore’s three-pointer acquired the Pelicans in 3 late in the 50 %, but the Blazers led 70-65 at the break.
Moore’s floater obtained the Pelicans as near as 65-sixty four in the 3rd quarter but Portland held New Orleans off right until Randle’s jumper and Nikola Mirotic’s free toss tied it at ninety. Portland hit consecutive three-ideas to conclude the threat.
The Blazers outscored the Pelicans 30-twenty in the last quarter.
“The initial a few quarter of the game we gave ourselves a opportunity, then the fourth quarter we failed to rating as well and we didn’t get the stops when we desired them,” Randle said.
Al-Farouq Aminu experienced 17 factors and 10 rebounds for Portland in his 3rd double-double this season. The Blazers’ reserves scored 50 factors.
Mirotic finished with 18 points and thirteen rebounds for New Orleans, and Jrue Holiday getaway also had a double-double with seventeen factors and 10 assists.
Pelicans: Davis warmed up with his teammates in advance of the game. … In his pregame communicate with reporters, Alvin Gentry shot down reports of a confrontation the night ahead of with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. “It couldn’t be further from the truth of the matter,” Gentry stated, characterizing the dialogue as welcoming.
Trail Blazers: Terry Stotts was coaching his five hundredth video game for the Blazers. … Portland’s franchise high for three-tips is 21. … Portland’s place total was a year higher. … The Blazers scored 30-furthermore details in each quarter.
ABOUT These THREES: The Pelicans experienced 8 3-tips when compared to Portland’s eighteen.
“We’ve gotta get men off the line, you know? The position differential is 30 details from the three-position line,” Gentry mentioned. “I indicate, we dominate in the paint, we shoot extra totally free throws, but it’s really, genuinely difficult to make up a thirty-point deficit from 3. So we have acquired to get them off the line and make a couple of extra of our individual.”
UP Up coming
Pelicans: Check out the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
Path Blazers: Host LeBron James and the Lakers on Saturday.
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