In a game highlighted by milestones, it was Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers who had the last laugh. Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading scorer in franchise history as Portland defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-110 on Friday night.
Lillard surpassed LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) on the team’s list, notching up 12,584 with only Clyde Drexler ahead of him with 18,040.
“To move up the list with such a great organization, so many great players that came before me and to move up again is an honor,” Lillard said. “One more person to go.”
C.J. McCollum too added 23 points, and Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood each had 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 8-3 since the All-Star break. Zach Collins scored 12 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Portland handed New Orleans its fifth consecutive loss despite impressive performances by a couple of Pelicans.
“Zach came off the bench and did a great job defensively,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Rodney made some big plays down at the end that were important.”
New Orleans’ Julius Randle had a career-high 45 points and 11 rebounds, falling four assists short of a triple-double. Elfrid Payton had his third consecutive triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 16 assists.
Payton has played in just 31 games in his first season with the Pelicans because of a multiple injuries
“I think I have a good feel for where my teammates like the ball for the most part,” Payton said.
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