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Trail Blazers 102, Pelicans 93

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PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers outscored the New Orleans Pelicans 34-13 in the fourth quarter to erase a 15-point deficit and escape with a 102-93 victory Monday night at the Moda Center.

Guard Damian Lillard scored 24 points and dished out seven assists as the Trail Blazers (8-3) won their fifth straight game. Forward LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points with nine rebounds for the Blazers.

Forward Anthony Davis collected 31 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots for the Pelicans (5-4).

New Orleans extended a seven-point halftime lead to 62-46 four minutes into the third quarter. The Pelicans were on top 80-64 late in the quarter, settling for an 80-68 advantage heading into the final period.

It was 83-68 when the Blazers turned the game around, using a 20-4 surge to climb back to within 87-86 with 5:33 left.

Guard Wesley Matthews’ 3-pointer tied the count at 91-91 with 2:50 remaining and center Robin Lopez’s layup gave Portland its first lead since the second quarter at 93-91 with 2:21 on the clock. Guard Jrue Holliday made a pair of foul shots to tie it at 93-93 with 1:29 to go, but Lillard sank a 3 with 1:13 to play to push the Blazers ahead 96-93.

The Blazers closed out the win by going 6-for-6 at the line over the final 19 seconds.

Portland jumped to an 8-0 lead, but New Orleans clawed back to get to within 22-21 after one quarter.

The teams traded baskets and it was 32-32 midway through the second quarter when the Pelicans spurted to a 49-39 lead. Lillard’s three-point play in the final second cut the margin to 49-42 at the half.

Davis had 11 points and six rebounds for New Orleans and center Chris Kaman came off the bench to collect nine points and five boards for Portland at the break.

NOTES: New Orleans coach Monty Williams was an assistant coach on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff for the U.S. national team and worked with Portland G Damian Lillard during training camp last summer. “I like his demeanor,” Williams said. “Sometimes you have to check his pulse and see if he’s alive. He’s a cool cat.” … Lillard was named Western Conference player of the week on Monday after averaging 28 points and 8.7 assists while shooting .588 as the Trail Blazers went 3-0. … Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed Saturday’s victory over Brooklyn with an upper respiratory illness, played Monday. That set up a matchup of two of the league’s top power forwards in Aldridge vs. the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, who ranks among the NBA’s top five in scoring (24.5, fifth), rebounds (11.8, second), steals (2.25, fourth) and blocked shots (4.13, first). … Portland coach Terry Stotts, asked if Davis is the league’s best all-around player: “LeBron James is still a pretty good player, and holds that mantle for the time being.” … New Orleans C Omer Asik (back) and Portland F Nicolas Batum (knee) did not play. F Allen Crabbe started in Batum’s place.

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