Sunday, February 25, 2024

Pelicans hold off Trail Blazers 93-84 for 5th victory in 6 games

PORTLAND, Ore. — Trey Murphy III scored 24 points and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Portland Trail Blazers 93-84 on Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.

Brandon Ingram added 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and nine rebounds to help New Orleans rebound from a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. The Pelicans were without Zion Williamson due to a left foot injury.

“(Murphy) looked like him tonight,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “He was solid defensively, contesting shots, rebounding the ball. It was good to see Trey make shots. This is what he is capable of doing. This makes it extremely difficult for any opponent.

Jerami Grant led Portland with 24 points and Deandre Ayton with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Dalano Banton scored 12 points in his first game with the Trail Blazers after coming over from Boston at the trade deadline.

Portland was without starting guards Anfernee Simons (ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (illness), as well as rookie guard Scoot Henderson (foot).

New Orleans led by 13 points and held off Portland’s comeback in the third quarter. New Orleans shot 47.4%, while Portland shot 43.7% and made just 6 of 21 3-pointers.

“I thought our defense was amazing throughout the game,” Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “Our defense was off. They’re one of the best offensive teams in the league and we held them to 93 points. We just weren’t able to produce points.


Trail Blazers: Host Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Pelicans: At Memphis Monday night.



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