Jrue Holiday's 31 pushes Pelicans over Trail Blazers

Automated InsightsDecember 31, 2013

Jrue Holiday finished with 31 points and registered 13 assists, while Anthony Davis added 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a close victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-108. The Pelicans played an efficient game offensively, shooting 48-89 (53.9%) from the field and turning it over just nine times. New Orleans (14-15) picked up the win after falling to Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Holiday went 14-28 from the field. Tyreke Evans contributed 20 points and 5 rebounds for New Orleans as well. Damian Lillard had another strong performance for Portland despite the loss, putting up 29 points on 10-18 shooting (5-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-5 from the free throw line. LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 points and 8 rebounds and Wesley Matthews finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

From a turnover perspective, this one played out like the numbers predicted. New Orleans, ranked third in the NBA at avoiding miscues (TO% of 13.1%) protected the ball well in this game (9.3%). Likewise, the defense of Portland is still struggling to force turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the fewest in the league this season (13.4%). The Pelicans paired an eFG% of 55.1% with a TO% of just 9.3%. On the year, when exceeding 55% in eFG% and losing the ball on fewer than 10% of their possessions, they are undefeated (2-0). The Trail Blazers, conversely, are 0-1 when their opponents hit those numbers.

This drops Portland (24-7) to 1-1 against New Orleans on the year.

Coming up, the Pelicans square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 15-16 on the season. The Trail Blazers meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently sitting at 25-5 this year. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Oklahoma City this season.