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.