Career High From Davis Not Enough As Pelicans Fall To Blazers
The New Orleans Pelicans followed a familiar script Friday night. The Pels led the Portland Trail Blazers by 5 halfway through the 4th quarter, but couldn't maintain the lead. In the end, Portland upended New Orleans 111-103.
Another familiar script was the play of Anthony Davis. He scored a career-high 36, pulled down 9 boards, blocked 2 shots, adding a steal and an assist. It's the 5th straight game Davis has scored 38+ points, tying the franchise record (Glen Rice). Was the 21-year old impressed by his numbers?
"I don't care about that," Davis told the press. "I only care about winning."
Not to be outdone, Portland's young All-Star shined late. Damian Lillard scored 27, 16 of which came in the final 5:53 of regulation. Simply put, the Pelicans defense could not stop him.
"The last seven minutes, Damian Lillard put on a show as far as getting to the basket and breaking down our defense," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "Damian scored 16 points the last six minutes of the game and that hurt us big time."
Brian Roberts had a solid offensive game, dropping 19 points and 5 assists.
New Orleans (26-39) will try to snap their 2-game losing streak this Sunday when they host the Boston Celtics (22-44).