The beat goes on, and for the Pelicans, that means more bad basketball resulting in another loss. New Orleans fell to 6-18 on the season, and another three games remain on the road trip. Without any solid glimmer of hope, their season appears on life support.
The Pelicans enjoyed another fast start and found themselves up 33-26 early in the second quarter. However, the Blazers went on a run, meanwhile the Pelicans started turning it over or taking really difficult shots. After a blistering 65% field goal percentage in the first quarter, New Orleans couldn't make anything in the second as evidenced by a 16.7 FG%. Despite the dismal frame, New Orleans found themselves down only two at halftime, 50-48.
Unfortunately, the Pelicans had a lackluster performance for much of the second half. They did have a charge late to make things interesting, cutting the deficit to 4 and gained possession with 32.6 seconds remaining after Ryan Anderson drew a charge. However, coming out of the timeout, the Pelicans were adamant about wanting to shoot a three. Anderson missed, Anthony Davis grabbed the offensive rebound and then Jrue Holiday was stripped on his three-point attempt from the corner.
Anthony Davis dominated the paint and led the Pelicans with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Tyreke Evans had a double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists. Holiday added 19 and Anderson 16, and the duo combined for five three-pointers.
Damian Lillard let the Blazers with 30 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 threes. Gerald Henderson scored a season-high 19 off the bench and C.J. McCollum chipped in with 16 points.
Stay tuned for the full breakdown of the game a bit later.