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Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum carry Trail Blazers past Pelicans

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Nicolas Batum put up 22 points and added 18 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, 111-103. The Trail Blazers had an impressive game shooting the ball from the field in this one, going 38-78 (48.7%). This snaps a four-game losing streak for Portland (43-23).

Batum shot 8-16 from the field (4-8 on 3-point attempts) in a good performance. Damian Lillard chipped in 27 points and 5 assists for Portland as well. Anthony Davis had another big game for New Orleans despite the loss, putting up 36 points on 15-27 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. He also tallied 9 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 16 points and 8 rebounds and Eric Gordon finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 57.7%, the Trail Blazers connected at a rate of 42.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 8-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pelicans are 1-11 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops New Orleans (26-39) to 1-2 versus Portland on the season.

Coming up, the Trail Blazers play the Golden State Warriors, who are 41-25 on the season. The Pelicans go up against the Boston Celtics, currently sitting at 22-44 this year. The Trail Blazers are 1-1 versus Golden State this season. The Pelicans have a 1-0 record against Boston this season.


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