The Portland Trail Blazers continued their pursuit for the No.3 place in the Western Conference, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans last night in the Big Easy.
It was 122-110 for the guests, who were led by a fantastic Damian Lillard.
One of the best players in the league, became the second scorer in the franchise history, jumping over LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562). At the moment, Lillard stands at 12,584 and the only one in front of him is Clyde Drexler with 18,040 points.
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It seems that it won’t take too long before Lillard establishes himself as the best scorer in Blazers’ history.
Along with CJ McCollum and Rodney Hood, he denied the late push of the home team who came down to just 3 points during the middle of the third.
In those moments, the Trail Blazers made a 13-4 run, and entered the finish of this event with a 115-103 lead, which proved to be enough to secure their 42nd win of the season.
Lillard had 24 points, 7 assists and 4 three-pointers made. McCollum added one fewer, with 5 boards and 4 assists, while Jusuf Nurkic posted a double-double with 12 points and boards each.
Rodney Hood delivered 17, 5 of 7 from the field.
The Blazers’ bench was very good, and Enes Kanter contributed with 17 buckets and 8 boards missing just one of his seven attempts from the field. Zach Collins scored 12 with 8 rebounds.
Two players stood above others among the Pelicans. The unreal Julius Randle who dropped 45 points with 11 boards and 6 dimes had a game-high. He might have reached 50, if his free throw percentage wasn’t awful, 3 of 11.
Elfried Payton recorded his third consecutive triple-double, 14 points, 16 assists and 12 boards. The Pelicans shot from downtown just 8 of 30, and they allowed for the Blazers to outrebound them, 54-45.
The guests from Oregon are currently half a game behind the Rockets who are third in the West, and half a game ahead of the Thunder who are occupying place No.5.
As for the Pelicans, with 30 wins and 41 losses, they are 12th in the conference. Up next they play against the Phoenix Suns also at home, already tonight.
Portland has a very important clash in Texas against San Antonio this Saturday. It will be a second of back to back games for them too.