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Without Omer Asik tonight, scoring-rich lineup of Jrue, Gordon, Tyreke, Ryno and Anthony Davis turned game in NOLA's favor in 2nd qtr. 49-42
Halftime: Pelicans 49, Blazers 42.
Stop it Anthony Davis. He just blocked a LaMarcus Aldridge 19-footer that no one blocks, then gets Wes Matthews seconds later on 2nd jumper
Pelicans taking the fight to the Trail Blazers, a couple of upper cuts and jabs.Pelicans up 48-39.
Pelicans on a 13-2 run and lead Blazers 45-37 with 2:32 to play in 2Q.
Like the control Pelicans are playing with on offense. Nothing too hurried but getting a lot of good looks. Pelicans go up 45-37 at 2:32
Pelicans' strength so far tonight is their defense.
I can't wait for when Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis have triple doubles in the same game.
Pelicans playing tough, especially defensively.Pels 32, trail blazers 32
"Tough break" is Joel Meyers way of saying "I cannot believe Eric Gordon just did that".
With 8:54 remaining in 2Q, Blazers lead 28-27.
Jeff Withey has a chance to show potential. Already made one mistake leaving his feet on Chris Kaman's post-up move for foul
Portland sloppiness (6 turnovers, several bad passes) helped NOLA's cause in 1st quarter. Blazers up 22-21. Jrue 8 pts, A.Davis 6 pts
At end of 1Q: Blazers 22, Pelicans 21.
Can’t tell for sure but doesn’t like Portland is playing the chewbecca sound clip for Chris Kaman. Their loss.
Ryan Anderson 0 of 3 to start game
I remember talking myself into being excited about Chris Kaman because he likes hunting and you can hunt in Louisiana.
With Omer Asik (lower back) out, Jeff Withey moves up to the backup center role. He's in late 1st quarter. Tied at 20 at 0:58
Jeff Withey has checked into game for Pelicans. Darius Miller will join him soon.
Jrue Holiday continues to play well, starting 4-for-5 from field. During NOLA's recent offensive binge, he's 21-for-32 in last 2+ games
How many of you are reading this, living in New Orleans, and haven’t been to a game yet this year?
Tyreke Evans has to get going offensively
Jrue Holiday playing well on both ends so far.
Anthony Davis with an early highlight by slamming an alley oop over former teammate Robin Lopez. Davis has 27 dunks via CBS Sports
That Anthony Davis dunk was okay, I guess.
Luke Babbitt replaces Gordon.
Moments after tying the game at 9-9 with a 3-pointer, Eric Gordon picked up his second could with 7:26 to play in 1Q.
Nice response by Pelicans after going down 8-0, tying it at 9. Eric Gordon picks up 2nd foul, subbed out for ex-Blazer Luke Babbitt
Jrue Holiday scores. Everyone who was standing up at home can sit down now.
Pelicans didn't start game good: Down 8-0 and they have missed their first four shots attempted against Trail Blazers
Pels down 8-0. Imagine how this would feel if we didn’t have Anthony Davis.
Pelicans hot shooting from Friday hasn't carried over. They are 0-for04 from field and trail Blazers 8-0 with 9:29 to play in 1Q.
Do you think Anthony Davis feels any beef w/ Lillard over the rookie of the year award? Feels like that will be a weird thing down the line.
Ajinca is starting. Hoping he doesn’t foul out in the first quarter. But if he does, .GIF WITHEY!!!!
As always, the atmosphere inside the Moda Center is electric. This is one of the NBA's best venues.
Here we go, Pelicans fans. @Trew2theGame in the building. Let’s watch this game, make some jokes, have some fun Q&A. Who’s down? ROLL CALL!
Rookie Patric Young is in uniform & active tonight for Pelicans. They may need both Young and Jeff Withey if Ajinca gets in foul trouble.
Pelicans will need Alexis Ajinca's size tonight. They also will need Ryan Anderson's scoring off the bench.
In 4 games vs. Portland last year, Alexis Ajinca averaged 4.3 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 fouls. Still I think Monty Williams made right call.
Pelicans starters: PG Holiday, SG Gordon, SF Evans, PF Davis, C Ajinca, Portland: PG Lillard, SG Matthews, SF Crabbe, PF Aldridge, C Lopez.
Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca starting in place of Omer Asik.
Pelicans' Oner Asik will not play tonight against Trail Blazers because of sore lower back
Portland will be without SF Nikolas Batum (knee) but will have PF LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) tonight.
FYI Dec. 10 Pelicans-Mavs game has been added by ESPN. Anthony Davis and this team deserve more national exposure. Now have 3 nat'l TV games
Pelicans center Omer Asik listed as questionable tonight against Portland because of lower back pain.
408 rushing yards... Does anyone else have a yard gained besides Melvin Gordon?
Looks like the Memphis Grizzlies are going to take the top spot in this week's NBA Power Rankings.
Stat alert: After Pelicans' franchise-record 139 point total against T-Wolves, they now rank third in NBA in scoring, averaging 105.6 pts.
Stat alert: Rockets' Dwight Howard has moved ahead of Anthony Davis as the NBA's rebounding leader: Howard averaging 11.9, Davis is at 11.8.
More from Flip Saunders: "I think I could have put five chairs on the court (instead of players) and (NOLA) wouldn't have shot that well."
Wolves coach Flip Saunders on Pelicans' 66.7% FGs: "I've been in the league 17 years and I've never seen anyone shoot like that."
After being informed he missed 1 shot (9-for-10), Jrue Holiday said, "I'm mad at myself now! If I'd gone 9 of 9, that would've been sweet."
Asked if he's formed an on-court connection w/Austin Rivers (17pts/3ast), Ryan Anderson joked he took AR to TGI Friday's and bought him apps
Pelicans rout Timberwolves, 139-91. They made 66.7 percent of their shots from the field.
With a record of 5-3, the Pelicans are now 2 games above .500 for the first time since Dec. of 2011 when the opened the 2011-12 season 2-0.
Pelicans beat Timberwolves 139-91. The 139 was a franchise high.
New Orleans' record for biggest margin of victory is 41 points, set in 2011 at Atlanta. Pelicans lead by 48 with 1:25 left (139-91)
There's the franchise record for points in game, on a Jimmer layup. Previous was 135. Pelicans have tied team mark for 3s in a game (15)
Usually in an epic NBA rout the team ahead slows down a bit as game progresses. Pelicans scored 43, 37 and 38 in first 3 quarters