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Pelicans enjoy their biggest win of the season against Trail Blazers, 115-89

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Yeah, we feel your pain Terry Stotts. The Pelicans have been there a number of times this season, but tonight the roles were happily reversed.

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For just the 4th time in 28 games, the Pelicans won by double digits over an opponent. In fact, their 26-point margin was easily their largest of the season, besting their 15-point win over the Mavericks back on November 10th. In addition, tonight marked the first time New Orleans had won two games or more in a row in over a month.

Their 9th win of the season was far from the prettiest, as evidenced by their own lackadaisical play during stretches, but New Orleans did more than enough to beat a very dilapidated Trail Blazer team. Without their leader, Damian Lillard, on the floor, Portland looked like they were just going through the motions, especially after a chilly shooting start to the game.

In fact, both teams started rather sluggishly, but the Pelicans seized advantage in the second quarter. Their shot started finding the bottom of the rim as to where Portland got colder. Out of 22 shot attempts in the frame, only 5 found the bottom of the net for the Trail Blazers. Their 5 turnovers didn't help either as New Orleans outscored Portland 19-0 in the first half on points off 10 turnovers. That's how you make an opponent pay for mistakes!

At the sound of the intermission buzzer, the Pelicans were up 53-36. For the first time this season, New Orleans held an opponent to under 40 first half points.

Following halftime, the Pelicans extended their lead in the third quarter to 25 points; however, the Blazers whittled the lead to 14 when New Orleans started playing too loosely. Yet, there was never any threat of a collapse. After starting the game 2-14 from three-point range, the Pelicans then made 9 of their next 13.

Anthony Davis led the way with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tyreke Evans chased a triple-double: 24 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Off the bench, Jrue Holiday added 19 points, 5 assists and 3 threes in a mere 21 minutes of action.

The Blazers were led by C.J. McCollum's 19 points, but it took him 21 shots to hit that total. Without Lillard, he found the sledding rough and none of his other teammates made a significant impact.

Stay tuned for a fuller recap a bit later. For now, enjoy the Pelicans easiest win of the season with plenty of happy votes.

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