PORTLAND, Ore. — The Pelicans have been motivated towards the Path Blazers by a troublesome loss the night time earlier than and the absence of Anthony Davis.
DeMarcus Cousins had 38 factors and New Orleans — lacking Davis due to a pelvic damage — beat Portland 123-116 on Saturday night time.
E’Twaun Moore added 19 factors, together with 4 three-pointers for the Pelicans, who have been enjoying the second of a again-to-again after a loss to the Jazz the night time earlier than. They snapped a 3-recreation dropping skid.
BOX SCORE: Pelicans 123, Path Blazers 116
“I feel it was a fantastic workforce effort. We preached earlier than the sport, ‘No excuses,'” Cousins stated. “It stinks that my companion in crime AD went out final night time. That being stated we sort of crumbled as a workforce the earlier night time. We simply tried to return in with no excuses.”
Damian Lillard had 29 factors and eight assists for the Blazers, who’ve misplaced two straight after a 3-recreation profitable streak. CJ McCollum added 17 factors.
Lillard received the Blazers inside 116-107 with a layup with 2:20 left, however Jrue Vacation answered with a layup. Lillard had a three-pointer with 12 seconds to go that narrowed the sport to 121-116, as shut as Portland would get.
The Pelicans, who led by as many as 19 factors, have been brief-handed due to accidents, suiting up eleven gamers for the sport.
Davis, the Pelicans’ prime scorer with a mean of 25.2 factors, was dominated out towards the Blazers due to a the damage. An All-Star, Davis was injured within the fourth quarter towards the Jazz and was carried off the courtroom as a result of he could not put strain on his legs. He had 19 factors and 10 rebounds earlier than leaving and New Orleans misplaced to the Jazz 114-108.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry referred to as the trouble towards the Blazers “really a group win.”
“We now have to try this so as to win, and I assumed we have been actually targeted once we went out,” Gentry stated. “We constructed a lead, they reduce into it, however I feel we did a very good job of simply standing pat.”
Lillard had thirteen factors within the first quarter, and his three-pointer…