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Lillard leads Trail Blazers to 128-112 win over Pelicans

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Giving up 20 points in a quarter to a reserve forward may have been just the thing to let New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry air his many grievances with his team's defense.

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 128-112 win over the Pelicans on Friday night.

CJ McCollum and reserve forward Jake Layman each had 20 points for Portland. Layman got all his scoring in the second quarter.

Anthony Davis finished with 27 points and seven rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday had 20 points and Julius Randle added 19.

Gentry was unhappy with the Trail Blazers' defensive effort. New Orleans came in ranked 25th in defensive rating.

''We've got to do better defensively,'' Gentry said. ''Every night it's 130, 140, 147, we're not going to win games until we're able to guard somebody. We've got to be able to defend and we're not doing it.''

For Gentry, the problem for the Pelicans is simple.

''It's keeping your man in front of you and if you can't do it, we gotta find someone who can,'' he said. ''We just can't keep having guys drop to the basket and lay it in. We can't have a guy come in and get 20 points and laugh at us while he's doing it. At some stage, you've gotta have pride in what you're doing.''

The urgency for Gentry is kicking in as the Pelicans fell to 21-25, four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Davis, who hurt his hand in the fourth quarter, did not speak to reporters.

Portland opened things up in the second thanks to their reserves, most notably the scoring from Layman. In the span of 2 1/2 minutes, the Moda Center became a playground-like scene. Layman scored 11 points in six Portland possessions as the crowd stood up and the Blazers force-fed him the ball, helping them push their lead as high as 17.

After the game, Lillard joked that Layman scored ''all'' of Portland's 74 first quarter points.

''The basket looked big,'' Layman said. ''You just throw it up there and it goes in.''

''When he gets hot, he's a live wire,'' Blazers forward Evan Turner said of Layman.

The Blazers also had 23 second chance points thanks to 18 offensive rebounds.

The Blazers quickly got their lead up to 21 in the third quarter, with Lillard scoring 10 points in the period.

New Orleans, which trailed by 18 going into the fourth, got a push from its reserves to pull within eight with under eight minutes remaining.

A 3-point play by McCollum pushed the lead back to 11, which helped get the Blazers back on track with 7:37 left.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: New Orleans has struggled with injuries, but one of the key contributors is getting healthier. It's only been nine days since forward Nikola Mirotic was cleared to return to action after missing 12 straight games in December and early January. Gentry told reporters before the game that he's not monitoring Mirotic's minutes anymore.

''I think when he first came back, you want to be a little cautious on it,'' Gentry said. ''I don't plan on playing him 38 minutes or anything but I don't have to look at anything and say he's at 25 minutes, uh oh.''

Trail Blazers: With a backcourt featuring two scoring guards, questions about the defense are frequent. But lately, they've been quite stingy. Over the last 10 games, the Blazers have been fourth in defensive rating. Coach Terry Stotts likes the team's consistency on that end.

''Part of it is we've been playing teams with poor records but we've still stayed consistent with it,'' Stotts said. ''We've been pretty locked in on scouting reports and tendencies and their plays and things like that. But over the last 11-12 games, statistically we've been pretty good.''

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Memphis on Monday night.

Trail Blazers: At Utah on Monday night.

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Key Players
A. Davis
23 PF
D. Lillard
0 PG
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
26.2 Pts. Per Game 26.2
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
50.8 Field Goal % 44.5
50.8 Three Point % 44.3
81.2 Free Throw % 90.2
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Zach Collins 0:23
  Tim Frazier missed jump shot 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Frank Jackson 0:42
  Anfernee Simons missed layup, blocked by Julius Randle 0:43
  Bad pass turnover on Tim Frazier, stolen by Damian Lillard 0:55
  Offensive rebound by Frank Jackson 1:01
  Frank Jackson missed jump shot 1:04
+ 1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
+ 1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 1:18
  Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore 1:18
Team Stats
Points 112 128
Field Goals 41-84 (48.8%) 48-103 (46.6%)
3-Pointers 8-25 (32.0%) 11-34 (32.4%)
Free Throws 22-27 (81.5%) 21-26 (80.8%)
Total Rebounds 50 58
Offensive 7 18
Defensive 34 35
Team 9 5
Assists 23 30
Steals 4 8
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 12 6
Fouls 24 22
Technicals 2 1
27 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
24 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 21-25 29292826112
home team logo Trail Blazers 28-19 32423024128
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 21-25 115.6 PPG 47 RPG 26.8 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 28-19 113.3 PPG 47.6 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 12.9 RPG 4.2 APG 50.8 FG%
D. Lillard PG 26.3 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.4 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis PF 27 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
D. Lillard PG 24 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
48.8 FG% 46.6
32.0 3PT FG% 32.4
81.5 FT% 80.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 27 7 2 9/17 0/0 9/12 4 35 0 1 1 2 5 -25 38
J. Holiday 20 2 6 9/14 0/4 2/2 1 36 1 0 2 0 2 -19 33
J. Randle 19 9 4 8/16 1/3 2/2 5 36 1 2 4 1 8 -16 35
E. Moore 17 2 0 6/9 4/5 1/1 3 26 0 0 0 1 1 -9 19
E. Payton 4 3 3 2/3 0/1 0/0 2 16 1 0 3 0 3 -5 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Davis 27 7 2 9/17 0/0 9/12 4 35 0 1 1 2 5 -25 38
J. Holiday 20 2 6 9/14 0/4 2/2 1 36 1 0 2 0 2 -19 33
J. Randle 19 9 4 8/16 1/3 2/2 5 36 1 2 4 1 8 -16 35
E. Moore 17 2 0 6/9 4/5 1/1 3 26 0 0 0 1 1 -9 19
E. Payton 4 3 3 2/3 0/1 0/0 2 16 1 0 3 0 3 -5 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Mirotic 13 3 2 3/10 3/7 4/4 4 23 0 2 1 0 3 -4 21
D. Miller 5 2 1 1/5 0/2 3/4 2 25 0 1 0 0 2 +3 10
T. Frazier 5 3 3 2/4 0/1 1/2 3 19 0 0 1 1 2 -3 13
F. Jackson 2 2 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 1 1 -10 7
J. Okafor 0 8 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 7 +8 10
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 41 23 41/84 8/25 22/27 24 233 4 6 12 7 34 -80 197
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 24 5 8 8/20 2/9 6/8 0 36 1 0 2 3 2 +16 44
C. McCollum 20 6 3 8/12 1/3 3/3 1 32 2 0 0 2 4 +13 34
A. Aminu 15 8 2 4/12 3/6 4/4 4 32 2 0 0 1 7 +18 29
J. Nurkic 15 12 5 6/13 0/0 3/5 6 26 0 2 2 5 7 +10 37
M. Harkless 12 2 1 4/6 0/2 4/4 3 20 0 1 1 2 0 -7 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 24 5 8 8/20 2/9 6/8 0 36 1 0 2 3 2 +16 44
C. McCollum 20 6 3 8/12 1/3 3/3 1 32 2 0 0 2 4 +13 34
A. Aminu 15 8 2 4/12 3/6 4/4 4 32 2 0 0 1 7 +18 29
J. Nurkic 15 12 5 6/13 0/0 3/5 6 26 0 2 2 5 7 +10 37
M. Harkless 12 2 1 4/6 0/2 4/4 3 20 0 1 1 2 0 -7 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Layman 20 1 0 8/14 4/9 0/0 1 18 0 0 0 1 0 +8 21
Z. Collins 8 4 4 4/9 0/1 0/0 5 19 1 0 0 1 3 +13 21
E. Turner 7 11 5 3/9 0/1 1/2 0 25 1 0 0 2 9 +11 29
M. Leonard 5 2 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 1 1 -3 9
S. Curry 2 2 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 12 1 0 1 0 2 +1 6
G. Trent Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Simons 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 128 53 30 48/103 11/34 21/26 22 235 8 3 6 18 35 +80 246