Damian Lillard’s three point play with 16.5 remaining in regulation was the difference, as Portland defeated New Orleans 126-124 Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
Lillard had 43 points, including 7 three point baskets. Portland shot 18 of 41 as a team from beyond the arc. Lillard also had 16 assists.
Pelicans’ forward Zion Williamson had 36 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Portland got back in the game by outscoring New Orleans 35-22 in the third quarter.
The Pelicans host the Suns Friday at 7 pm.