National Basketball Association
New Orleans 138, Portland 117
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Officials: #16 David Guthrie, #72 JT Orr, #11 Derrick Collins
Attendance: 15739

Rookie Zion Williamson had a career-high 31 points and Josh Hart scored 12 of his 17 points in a pivotal third quarter as the host New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 138-117 on Tuesday night.

Williamson, returning from a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle, added nine rebounds and five assists. Hart started in place of All-Star forward Brandon Ingram, who missed his second consecutive game because of a sprained ankle.

The Pelicans trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, but pulled within two at halftime and outscored the Blazers 41-21 in the third quarter.

For New Orleans, JJ Redick had 20 points off the bench, Jrue Holiday had 16 points and 10 assists, Frank Jackson scored 13 and Nicolo Melli had 10.

CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard scored 20 points each to lead the Blazers, but Lillard fell well short of his league-best 40.3-point scoring average for the previous 12 games. He made just 6 of 16 shots from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. In his most recent game against the Pelicans, in December, he scored just 18 points, making 6 of 21 shots and missing all 10 of his 3-pointers.

On Tuesday night, the Blazers' Carmelo Anthony added 18 points and Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

New Orleans improved to 3-0 against Portland this season and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the ninth-place Blazers with one game remaining before the All-Star break.

Hart scored seven points as New Orleans turned a two-point deficit into a 73-70 lead early in the third quarter.

Williamson had three baskets during a 13-3 run that gave the Pelicans an 88-78 lead midway through the period.

Lillard made two free throws before New Orleans put together a 16-6 run to take a 104-86 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Blazers used a 16-0 run to take a 36-27 lead after the first quarter.

The Pelicans scored the first five points of the second quarter before the Blazers rebuilt the lead to 14.

Hart and Jackson each made a 3-pointer as New Orleans cut its gap to 65-63 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Portland   New Orleans
Damian Lillard 20 Scoring Zion Williamson 31
Damian Lillard 6 Assists Lonzo Ball 10
Hassan Whiteside 14 Rebounds Nicolo Melli 9
Damian Lillard 8 Free Throws Made Zion Williamson 11
Trevor Ariza 3 Steals Jrue Holiday 2
Trevor Ariza 1 Blocks Jrue Holiday 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Portland 117 47.3 7-29 22-28 21 40 3 5 15
New Orleans 138 53.3 14-34 26-32 40 50 5 7 14
Upcoming Games
  • New Orleans will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .478 after a win and .387 after a loss.
  • Portland will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .500 after a loss.