Trail Blazers 110, Pelicans 107

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Guard Damian Lillard scored 29 points as Portland pulled out a 110-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night at the Moda Center.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and eight rebounds and guard Wesley Matthews had 18 points and six boards for the Trail Blazers (23-5), who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.

Forward Anthony Davis collected 21 points and nine rebounds and guard Tyreke Evans contributed 21 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pelicans (11-14), who dropped their fourth straight game. Forward Ryan Anderson and guard Eric Gordon each added 18 points.

Portland opened the third quarter with a 17-6 run to seize a 69-59 lead. New Orleans clawed back to within 83-78 after three quarter.

The Blazers expanded to lead to 96-86 with nine minutes left, but the Pelicans rallied to go ahead 103-101 on two Davis free throws with 2:59 remaining.

Lillard's jumper tied the score at 103, but Davis scored on a follow dunk to make it 105-103 with 2:15 to play. Lillard's 3-pointer pushed Portland ahead 106-105 with 1:28 to go. Matthews' driving layup made it 108-105 with 42 seconds left.

Evans scored on a drive to close the gap to 108-107 with 21 seconds on the clock.

Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum's two foul shots made it 110-107 with 12.4 seconds remaining. The Pelicans got two 3-point attempts in the closing seconds -- by Anderson and then Evans -- but neither went down.

Lillard scored 12 points in the second quarter as Portland climbed back from a 13-point deficit to trail by one at the half.

New Orleans started the game 8 of 10 from the field and grabbed an 18-7 lead just five minutes in. The Pelicans settled for a 26-21 lead after one quarter behind Gordon's nine points.

The Trail Blazers closed to 32-30 before the Pelicans went on a 7-0 run for a 39-30 edge. New Orleans extended the margin to 49-36 before Portland turned it on with a 13-0 tear for a 49-49 tie with a minute to go before halftime. New Orleans went into the break ahead 53-52.

NOTES: F Anthony Davis made his first start for New Orleans after missing seven games with a broken bone in his left hand. Davis came off the bench in the Pelicans' 108-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, collecting 24 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. Is he 100 percent? "A.D. is 20 years old," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "They're always 100 percent. When you're that age, it's just part of the deal. His 85 is like my 150 percent. He's fine. He had a good practice (Friday). He is only going to get better as he gets the rust off." ... C Jason Smith (knee), who has started all 24 games of the Pelicans, did not play. ... Williams was an assistant coach with Portland during PF LaMarcus Aldridge's first four NBA seasons. He worked often with him. "LaMarcus is playing at an MVP level," Williams said. "He's finally getting the due that he has been wanting for a while. He won't admit it, but that's what he wants -- to be seen as an MVP-type player."

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