The game started off in much the same fashion as last night's loss to the Golden State Warriors. Instead of Stephen Curry torching the Pelicans, C.J. McCollum made everything he looked at. In the first quarter, he poured in 22 points and the Trail Blazers led 43-18 after one.
As you might have guessed, the defense was full of holes and responsible throughout the first half, giving up 70 points to an unrecognizable Portland squad. Led by Dante Cunningham's effort, the Pelicans finally started getting some stops in the 3rd quarter and chipped away at the monstrous deficit, cutting it to 8 points in the 4th following Anthony Davis' third three-pointer of the night. Sadly, that would be as close as they would come.
He started slowly again (8 points at halftime), but Davis led the way with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 3 threes. Ryan Anderson was hot early and finished with 21 and 9. Eric Gordon added 20 points and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 12, thanks to a hot 4th.
C.J. McCollum finished his impressive night with a career high mark of 37 points. Damian Lillard, the usual Pelican-killer, had 21 points and 11 assists.
Stay tuned for Jonny's full recap a bit later tonight. I expect the votes below will reflect whether one is a glass half full or half empty type of individual. The big deficit early was demoralizing, but it was good to see the team fight back and make it competitive until the final few minutes of the game.