Tonight, Jrue Holiday showed that he can be one of the best point guards in the league. Thanks to his brilliant game, the New Orleans Pelicans were able to defeat one of the best teams in the NBA.
On paper, this game looked to be a blowout from the start, with the Portland Trail Blazers having only lost seven total games this year and the Pelicans struggling to make .500. Portland’s hot start has been mostly due to stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. Both of those players delivered in this contest, with Aldridge posting 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Lillard putting up 29 points, three rebounds and five assists. However, it was the trio of Holiday (31 points, 13 assists, six rebounds), Anthony Davis (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Tyreke Evans (20 points, five rebounds assists) that ruled the night.
This puts Portland (24-7) in a tie with San Antonio Spurs (24-7) in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are currently owners of the No. 3 seed in the West. They trail Oklahoma City Thunder (25-5) by a game and a half for the top seed. The Pelicans (14-15) are currently out of the playoff picture.
Things get interesting for the Trail Blazers, as they will go on the road to face the Thunder on New Year’s Eve in a game that is sure to have a lot of playoff implications. New Orleans will look to continue their strong play with a battle against the Minnesota Timberwolves on New Year’s day.