Even with all their youth and talent, the Portland Trail Blazers have had a hard time getting road wins this season. Going into Friday night’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland was on a four-game losing streak on the road. Damian Lillard was able to lead Portland to a much-needed road victory against the Pelicans on Friday. This was Portland’s first road win since Feb. 25.
Lillard led all scorers with 27 points. He also had three rebounds and five assists. Portland had been struggling on the road and right before Friday night’s matchup it was announced that their All-Star forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, would miss the next two games due to lower back contusions.
Portland’s sharp shooting helped propel the Blazers to a win with Aldridge sidelined. Lillard shot 47 percent from the field. Portland as a team shot 47.8 percent from the field. Most importantly though, the Trail Blazers shot 42 percent from behind and the Pelicans shot just 27 percent from behind the arc. Portland hit 14 three-pointers to help it get a win on the road. Its defense did a great job, only allowing the Pelicans to make three shots from behind the arc.
Anthony Davis had a huge game for New Orleans. With Aldridge sidelined, Davis was able to control the paint. He finished the game with 36 points, nine rebounds and one steal. The Trail Blazers’ shooting could be their saving grace come playoffs. Portland needs to continue to shoot the ball from all over the court, especially with Aldridge out. The Blazers will have three home games before they head out on a tough five-game road stand.