Lillard scores 33 in Blazers 117-112 win over Pelicans
By The Associated Press
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles past New Orleans Pelicans guard Toney Douglas, rear, and center Omer Asik, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -
Damian Lillard scored 33 points, getting up from a vicious Kendrick Perkins forearm to help Portland recover from a blown 20-point lead and finish off a feisty New Orleans Pelicans squad, 117-112 on Friday night.
The Pelicans nearly pulled off what would have been their largest comeback this season while Anthony Davis sat out the second half with a left knee injury, the severity of which was unclear.
Perkins' clothesline-style forearm put Lillard flat on his back, and resulted in some brief shoving, as well as Perkins' ejection.
The dust-up enlivened the crowd and Pelicans, who briefly held slim leads in the final minutes until C.J. McCollum, who had 30 points, hit a 3 that was set up by Lillard's pass to give Portland the lead for good with a minute left.
Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday each scored 30 for New Orleans.