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Holiday has 33 and Pelicans beat the Blazers to go up 2-0

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Removed from the turbulence that marked his previous seasons in New Orleans, Jrue Holiday is in a good place - and it shows.

Holiday had a career playoff-high 33 points as the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 111-102 victory on Tuesday night. The series shifts to New Orleans on Thursday.

Holiday struggled at times with injuries after coming to the Pelicans in 2013. Then in early 2016 he took a leave of absence when doctors discovered that his wife, former U.S. national soccer team player Lauren Holiday, had a brain tumor while she was pregnant with the couple's first child.

''He's been through some tough times, the first year he's injured, he's on minute restrictions through the greater part of the season, and then everybody's familiar with the situation with his wife and what they had to go through there,'' coach Alvin Gentry said. ''Everybody's healthy and in a good place now so I think mentally he's in a good place.''

Holiday played Tuesday night with emotion he did not often show earlier in his career. He agreed that it felt a weight has been lifted.

''My family's the most important thing to me, and with them being OK I can come back to the team freely and be able to help them out now,'' Holiday said. ''It's been fun. I feel like my teammates and the organization definitely helped me out coming back from things with my family, and even the injuries, with being able to play and being able to perform at the peak I'm performing.''

Holiday also had nine assists for the Pelicans, while Rajon Rondo came close to his 11th postseason triple-double with had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony Davis added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

CJ McCollum, who struggled with backcourt teammate Damian Lillard in the opener, rebounded with 22 points to lead the Blazers.

Portland trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but Lillard hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw to tie the game at 93 with 7:31 left. Holiday's pull-up jumper and Rondo's driving layup kept the Blazers from pulling ahead.

Maurice Harkless dunked and Al-Farouq Aminu had a layup to re-tie the game at 97. After Holiday's hook shot, Harkless made a 3-pointer to give Portland a 100-99 lead.

Nikola Mirotic and Holiday each hit 3-pointers to put the Pelicans back in front 105-100 with 1:35 remaining and Portland couldn't catch up. Fans at the Moda Center booed at the final buzzer.

Lillard finished with 17 points for the Blazers, who were hurt in the third quarter when starters Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) and Evan Turner (right toe) left the game.

The third-seeded Blazers, in the playoffs for the fifth straight year, dropped the first game against the Pelicans 97-95, becoming the highest seed to lose at the start of the opening round.

Davis had 35 points and Rondo had 17 assists to tie the franchise record. Lillard and McCollum combined to shoot just 13 for 41 in the opener.

Lillard said he expected more out of himself.

''Coming into the playoffs, you know teams are going to lock in and they're going to try to make the game hard for you,'' he said.

Portland got a boost in Game 2 with the return of Harkless for first time since he had a minor procedure on his left knee in late March. He missed 11 games.

McCollum shook off the Game 1 struggles, hitting four of eight from the floor in the opening quarter. His layup tied the game at 21 and then he dished to Harkless for the dunk to put the Blazer in front.

Portland led 35-30 after rookie Zach Collin's bank shot and the Blazers led by as many as nine points before taking a 59-54 lead into halftime.

Davis made a short jumper from out front to give the Pelicans a 65-64 lead. Portland was hurt a short time later when Nurkic limped off the court and into the locker room. When he returned to the bench, he was flexing his left leg. He iced his leg the rest of the game.

TIP INS:

Pelicans: Holiday had 12 points in the first quarter alone. ... Davis had scored 25 or more in his first five post-season games. He came up a game shy tying LeBron James for the second-longest streak to begin a career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 14 straight, according to Elias.

Trail Blazers: The third seed in the West has won its first-round series for the past four seasons. ... Portland had home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. ... Fans at the Moda Center were clearly upset with the officiating, taunting the refs with a chant in the final quarter.

QUOTABLE: ''We've still got two more games to win, so we're not celebrating anything,'' Gentry said.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42   CJ McCollum missed floating jump shot  
11:39   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
11:31 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 2-0
11:14 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made driving layup, assist by Damian Lillard 2-2
11:03 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 4-2
10:48   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:31   E'Twaun Moore missed fade-away jump shot, blocked by CJ McCollum  
10:28   Offensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
10:26   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Jusuf Nurkic  
10:08   Jusuf Nurkic missed driving layup, blocked by Nikola Mirotic  
10:08   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
10:08   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
10:01   Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard  
9:49 +3 E'Twaun Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 7-2
9:34   Out of bounds turnover on Jusuf Nurkic  
9:21 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 9-2
9:09   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:05   Offensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
9:04   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:01   Offensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
9:01   Jusuf Nurkic missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
8:55   Offensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
8:55 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made dunk 9-4
8:49   Backcourt turnover on Rajon Rondo  
8:32   Jusuf Nurkic missed hook shot  
8:31   Team rebound  
8:29 +2 Damian Lillard made fade-away jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 9-6
8:05   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
7:52 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made hook shot 9-8
7:40   Jrue Holiday missed reverse layup  
7:38   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
7:33   Jusuf Nurkic missed jump shot  
7:30   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:23 +2 Jrue Holiday made dunk, assist by Rajon Rondo 11-8
7:09   Damian Lillard missed jump shot  
7:04   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:01   Personal foul on CJ McCollum  
6:50   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
6:49   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
6:42   CJ McCollum missed reverse layup  
6:38   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
6:38   Al-Farouq Aminu missed dunk  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
6:29   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by CJ McCollum  
6:26 +2 CJ McCollum made dunk 11-10
6:12   Jrue Holiday missed turnaround jump shot  
6:10   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
6:09   Anthony Davis missed layup, blocked by Jusuf Nurkic  
6:07   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
6:06 +2 Jrue Holiday made dunk, assist by Anthony Davis 13-10
5:53   Jusuf Nurkic missed hook shot, blocked by Nikola Mirotic  
5:51   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
5:47   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Offensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
5:41 +2 Rajon Rondo made finger-roll layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 15-10
5:17   Lost ball turnover on Damian Lillard, stolen by Jrue Holiday  
5:11   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:09   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:03   Damian Lillard missed jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:53   Shooting foul on Evan Turner  
4:53 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 16-10
4:53 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-10
4:40   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
4:30 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 17-13
4:17   Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Davis  
4:01   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:59   Team rebound  
3:42   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Offensive rebound by Cheick Diallo  
3:18 +2 Solomon Hill made jump shot 19-13
3:01 +2 Maurice Harkless made driving layup, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 19-15
2:42   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
2:32   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:28   Defensive rebound by Solomon Hill  
2:22   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:20   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:08 +2 CJ McCollum made jump shot 19-17
1:53 +2 Jrue Holiday made hook shot 21-17
1:40 +2 CJ McCollum made driving layup 21-19
1:19   Ian Clark missed floating jump shot  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
1:09 +2 CJ McCollum made reverse layup, assist by Damian Lillard 21-21
0:55   Solomon Hill missed jump shot, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
0:52   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
0:51 +2 Maurice Harkless made driving dunk, assist by CJ McCollum 21-23
0:34 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 23-23
0:29   Ed Davis missed hook shot  
0:27   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
0:08 +2 Jrue Holiday made finger-roll layup 25-23
0:00   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Ian Clark missed jump shot, blocked by Pat Connaughton  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
11:32 +2 Damian Lillard made fade-away jump shot 25-25
11:15 +3 Darius Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Solomon Hill 28-25
10:52 +2 Maurice Harkless made jump shot 28-27
10:49   Personal foul on Ed Davis  
10:39   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup  
10:36   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
10:29 +2 Ed Davis made dunk, assist by Pat Connaughton 28-29
10:14   Ian Clark missed jump shot  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
10:03   Kicked ball violation  
9:56 +2 Zach Collins made hook shot 28-31
9:32   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup  
9:31   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
9:22 +2 Ed Davis made dunk, assist by Damian Lillard 28-33
9:07   Personal foul on Maurice Harkless  
9:02 +2 Darius Miller made jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 30-33
8:43 +2 Zach Collins made running Jump Shot 30-35
8:22   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
8:20   Out of bounds turnover on Zach Collins  
8:13   Anthony Davis missed hook shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
8:03   Evan Turner missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:58 +2 Nikola Mirotic made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 32-35
7:42   Kicked ball violation  
7:34   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:31   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:11   Anthony Davis missed driving layup  
7:10   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
6:57 +2 Pat Connaughton made layup, assist by Evan Turner 32-37
6:43 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 35-37
6:22   Lost ball turnover on CJ McCollum, stolen by Anthony Davis  
6:19 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 37-37
6:19   Shooting foul on Pat Connaughton  
6:19 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 38-37
6:06 +3 Zach Collins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 38-40
5:44   Darius Miller missed jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
5:34   Personal foul on Jrue Holiday  
5:24   Zach Collins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
5:14 +2 E'Twaun Moore made floating jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 40-40
4:54   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
4:50   Offensive rebound by Zach Collins  
4:44   Al-Farouq Aminu missed layup  
4:41   Offensive rebound by Evan Turner  
4:41   Evan Turner missed dunk  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
4:39   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
4:39 +1 Solomon Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 41-40
4:39 +1 Solomon Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-40
4:24 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 42-43
4:13 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 44-43
3:56   Jusuf Nurkic missed hook shot  
3:55   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:55   Al-Farouq Aminu missed dunk  
3:55   Team rebound  
3:53 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 44-46
3:39   Lost ball turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Evan Turner  
3:35   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
3:16   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
3:14   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
3:13   Personal foul on Jrue Holiday  
3:07 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 44-49
2:59   Anthony Davis missed alley-oop shot  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:46   Damian Lillard missed floating jump shot  
2:43   Offensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
2:43 +2 Damian Lillard made dunk 44-51
2:26   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Evan Turner  
2:23   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:23   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:23   Team rebound  
2:23 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 1st of 2 free throws 45-51
2:23 +1 Nikola Mirotic made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-51
2:07 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made dunk, assist by CJ McCollum 46-53
1:57   Shooting foul on Damian Lillard  
1:57 +1 E'Twaun Moore made 1st of 2 free throws 47-53
1:57   E'Twaun Moore missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:54   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
1:49   Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard  
1:42   Offensive foul on Rajon Rondo  
1:42   Offensive foul on Rajon Rondo  
1:27 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 47-56
1:12   Jrue Holiday missed floating jump shot  
1:08 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 49-56
1:08   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:55   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:54   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
0:41   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
0:35   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
0:35 +1 Jusuf Nurkic made 1st of 2 free throws 49-57
0:35   Jusuf Nurkic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:33   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
0:31   Personal foul on Evan Turner  
0:31 +1 Rajon Rondo made 1st of 2 free throws 50-57
0:31 +1 Rajon Rondo made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-57
0:14   Jusuf Nurkic missed layup  
0:12   Offensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
0:12 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made dunk 51-59
0:03 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot 54-59
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48 +2 Jrue Holiday made fade-away jump shot 56-59
11:29   Personal foul on Jrue Holiday  
11:22   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
11:22 +1 Jusuf Nurkic made 1st of 2 free throws 56-60
11:22 +1 Jusuf Nurkic made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-61
11:07 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 58-61
11:00 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Turner 58-64
10:49 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 61-64
10:33   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:31   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
10:27   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:27   Team rebound  
10:18   Jrue Holiday missed reverse layup  
10:16   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
10:12   Out of bounds turnover on CJ McCollum  
9:58   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
9:51   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:31 +2 E'Twaun Moore made floating jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 63-64
9:09   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
8:55 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot 65-64
8:36   CJ McCollum missed floating jump shot  
8:33   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:31   Shooting foul on Jusuf Nurkic  
8:31   Team rebound  
8:31   Anthony Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:31   Anthony Davis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:29   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
8:21 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot 65-67
8:07 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 68-67
7:48   Out of bounds turnover on Ed Davis  
7:38 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 70-67
7:27   Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard  
7:14 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Jrue Holiday 72-67
7:04   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
7:04   CJ McCollum missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:04   Team rebound  
7:04 +1 CJ McCollum made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-68
6:51   E'Twaun Moore missed floating jump shot  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
6:30   Offensive foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
6:30   Offensive foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
6:19   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
6:09   CJ McCollum missed fade-away jump shot  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:59 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 75-68
5:42   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:41   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:35   Out of bounds turnover on E'Twaun Moore  
5:16   Damian Lillard missed jump shot  
5:14