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Blazers vs. Pelicans Final Score: 114-88; Portland Demolishes New Orleans

The Portland Trail Blazers didn't look tired despite their three-overtime ordeal with the Spurs, blowing out the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night.

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After a marathon game versus the defending champions, Portland needed a break.  New Orleans gave them all the rest they needed.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Damian Lillard had 17, and the Trail Blazers blew out the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center, 114-88 Saturday night.

Despite playing three overtimes the night before, the Blazers showed little exhaustion in the first quarter, tearing out to an early lead.  For much of the quarter, Aldridge had more points than the entire Pelicans team did combined.  Anthony Davis shot just 2-of-9 in the quarter, the Blazers grabbed five offensive rebounds and recorded two blocks, and Portland led by 15 after one.

The second unit for Portland went to work in quarter number two, with Chris Kaman scoring eight and Thomas Robinson adding six.  Ryan Anderson and Austin Rivers combined for 26 for the Pelicans as they attempted to rally, forcing Robinson, Kaman, and Joel Freeland into foul trouble.  Despite their efforts, Portland extended their lead to 18 at halftime.

Portland continued the onslaught into the second half, with Lillard scoring 11 in the period and Kaman adding 9.  Davis continued to be entirely ineffective against the Portland defense, and Portland expanded the lead to 32.

The bench played the entire fourth quarter for both squads, and even though the Blazers bench missed its first ten shots of the period, New Orleans could not capitalize. They didn't make any kind of run before the final buzzer, as Meyers Leonard capped the game with a late three-pointer.

Chris Kaman finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.  Thomas Robinson had 12.


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