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Trail Blazers 111, Pelicans 103

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NEW ORLEANS -- Point guard Damian Lillard scored 16 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, snapping a four-game road losing streak.

With the Blazers down 94-89 with 7:26 left, Lillard scored 12 of his team's next 18 points in a 6:12 span to help Portland take a 107-100 lead. Forward Nick Batum added 22 points and shooting guard Wesley Matthews added 20 for Portland (43-23).

The Pelicans (26-39) were led by forward Anthony Davis, who scored a career-high 36 points, his fifth consecutive game of at least 28 points. But the Pelicans could not hold a fourth-quarter lead for the second consecutive home game.

Davis was blazing in the third quarter, hitting five mid-range jumpers to lift New Orleans to an 81-80 lead after three. Portland continued red hot from the perimeter, with Matthews making two 3-pointers as the Blazers hit 4 of 8 from long range in the quarter.

After making 12 of their first 25 3-pointers, the Blazers finally cooled off, missing four consecutive shots from behind the arc as the Pelicans built a 94-89 lead with 7:26 left.

But Portland ran off nine consecutive points -- seven by Lillard -- to take the lead for good.

Davis led all scorers with 18 first-half points. He closed the second quarter by skying for a right-handed jam off an alley oop feed from forward Al-Farouq Aminu to give New Orleans a 55-53 edge.

Gordon chipped in with 11 and Brian Roberts had 10 for the Pelicans.

The Trail Blazers shot 47 percent from 3-point range (7 of 15) in the first half, with Batum and Wright making three each. Batum led the Blazers with 13 points and seven rebounds. Wright, subbing for injured LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 points.

Portland, which entered the game on a four-game road losing streak, was sloppy with the ball in the early going and had 10 first-half turnovers.

NOTES: F LaMarcus Aldridge sat out Friday night's game with lower back contusions after a nasty collision in a 103-90 loss at San Antonio on Wednesday night. Earlier this season, Aldridge sat out five games with a groin strain and the Blazers won four of those. "I think we are up to the challenge," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "When LaMarcus Aldridge missed some games, we found some ways to win those games. Having that experience gives us some confidence coming in to this." ... Guards Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans returned to the starting lineup for the Pelicans after both missed a 90-88 loss to Memphis on Wednesday. ... New Orleans coach Monty Williams said he was happy that Blazers C Robin Lopez, who played in New Orleans last season, was performing well. "He spent a lot of time with (assistant coach) Randy Ayers working on his game and his footwork," Williams said. "That was a tough moment for us to let him go."
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