Mar 14, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) drives past Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
The New Orleans Pelicans steppedup on both ends and let their strong defense lead them to a convincing win over the Blazers.
To put it simply, tonight’s game became a festivity of fun and enjoyment for the New Orleans Pelicans.
New Orleans had six players put up 10 points and held Portland to 30.3 percent shooting from the field in a convincing 100-77 win.
Tonight’s game became a dominating defensive effort for the Pels. The Blazers could not score 25 points in a single quarter tonight. That did include two quarters, where they were held to under 20 points.
New Orleans, on the other hand, put up points in bunches on the offensive end. The Pelicans shot 47.5 percent from the field and saw great production from their supporting cast. The non-big three shot 20-37 tonight, making over 50 percent of their looks.
New Orleans was the aggressor all night, yet were still able to be careful and precise in their offense. The Pelicans turned the ball over only five times in the game, while forcing 16 turnovers on the Blazers.
While Portland finished with only three steals and a block, New Orleans stole the ball 10 times and swatted eight shots away from the basket.
Even with another injury scare halfway through the game, Anthony Davis once again looks fantastic for New Orleans. After returning from a sprained ankle after halfway, Davis finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds. three blocks and two steals.
The leader of the Blazers would be Damian Lillard, who put up 29 points on 18 shots.
Alexis Ajinca and Donatas Motiejunas would both play less than six minutes. Ajinca played, due to Davis’ injury scare. Donuts played garbage minutes, once the game was secure.
This was the most convincing win since the DeMarcus Cousins trade and boy did the Pelicans need this one. With hopes diminishing fast, New Orleans needed to make a statement. This was certainly one. Now, they need to stretch this into a big run, if they want to revive their playoff hopes.
The New Orleans Pelicans will get a chance to start a winning streak tomorrow, as they travel to Miami to play the Heat. Tip-off is on schedule for 6:30 p.m. CST.