Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Path Blazers drives to the basket on Steven Adams #12 of the New Orleans Pelicans through the second half at Moda Middle on March 16, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. Blazers gained 125-124. Steve Dykes/Getty Pictures/AFP (Photograph by Steve DYKES / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Pictures by way of AFP)
Damian Lillard made two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to cap a season-best 50-point effort because the Portland Path Blazers rallied from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit to publish a dramatic 125-124 residence win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lillard, who additionally had 10 assists, was fouled by Eric Bledsoe earlier than making each makes an attempt. New Orleans’ Zion Williamson noticed his brief financial institution shot bounce off the rim as time expired.
The 50-point recreation was the twelfth of Lillard’s profession, tying him with LeBron James for seventh on the all-time checklist. The one gamers above them: Wilt Chamberlain (118), Michael Jordan (31), Kobe Bryant (25), James Harden (23), Elgin Baylor (23) and Rick Barry (14).
Brandon Ingram scored 30 factors and Williamson added 28 factors and a career-best eight assists for the Pelicans. New Orleans’ Lonzo Ball contributed a career-best 17 assists and scored 11 factors.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 factors for Portland. Teammate CJ McCollum scored 10 factors on 3-of-11 capturing in 26 minutes in his return from a fractured left foot. McCollum missed the earlier 25 video games.
Lillard’s successful free throws have been arrange by Nickell Alexander-Walker (20 factors, six 3-pointers) fumbling an inbounds cross out of bounds with 4.2 seconds left to offer the Path Blazers one final shot.
Portland, which made all 31 of its free throws, trailed 117-100 with 5:56 left earlier than making its late sprint.
Lillard and Robert Covington sank 3-pointers, Lillard drove for a layup and Trent added two free throws to chop the deficit to seven. Trent and Lillard added 3-pointers because the Path Blazers pulled inside 117-116 with 2:41 left.
Bledsoe nailed a 3-pointer with 2:20 left as New Orleans halted a drought of greater than 3 1/2 minutes. Williamson added two baskets, the second giving the Pelicans a 124-121 lead with 41.4 seconds remaining.
Ingram missed two free throws with 7.2 seconds left earlier than Lillard was fouled and made each free throws to deliver Portland inside one with 5.2 seconds remaining.
Josh Hart added 16 factors and 9 boards for New Orleans, which related on 52.3 p.c of its pictures and knocked down 16 of 33 from 3-point vary. The Pelicans made 16 of 20 foul pictures.
The Path Blazers shot 52.1 p.c from the sector and have been 18 of 43 from behind the arc.
The groups meet once more Thursday night time in Portland.
Portland trailed 64-50 at halftime however trimmed the deficit to seven on Lillard’s basket with 7:46 left within the third quarter.
New Orleans used a run of eight straight factors on 3-pointers by Hart and Ingram and an 11-foot shot by Steven Adams to push the margin to 17 with 1:45 remaining. The Pelicans led 95-82 getting into the fourth quarter.
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