The Portland Trail Blazers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 23 assists and turning it over only seven times, to sneak past the New Orleans Pelicans, 110-107. Portland (23-5) has now won eight of their last 10 games.
Damian Lillard had another strong performance, scoring 29 points on 11-21 shooting, including 4-10 on 3-point attempts. Other top contributors for Portland included Wesley Matthews with 18 points and 6 rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Robin Lopez with 14 points and 7 rebounds. On 9-22 shooting from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line, Tyreke Evans put up 21 points off the bench for New Orleans in the loss. Tyreke Evans chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds, Ryan Anderson finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday put up 13 points and 7 assists.
After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.29, the Trail Blazers are undefeated (2-0) on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Pelicans are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
New Orleans (11-14) has now dropped their last four straight games.
Coming up next, the Trail Blazers square off against the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 19-9 on the year. The Pelicans match up with the Sacramento Kings, currently 8-18 this season.