Portland 95, New Orleans 94

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials - #24 Mike Callahan, #16 David Guthrie, #79 Kevin Scott
Attendance - 18772

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans 19 24 20 31 94
Portland 25 29 21 20 95

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 5-18 3-10 2-8 L7
Portland 11-12 7-4 4-8 W3

Recap

Trail Blazers 95, Hornets 94: Damian Lillard hit the tiebreaking 3-point basket with 0.3 seconds left as host Portland handed New Orleans its seventh consecutive loss.

Lillard scored 16 points and his decisive shot came after the Trail Blazers blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead. J.J. Hickson had 24 points and 16 rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 20 points and Nicolas Batum had 11 points, 10 assists, five steals and five blocks for Portland, which won its third straight game.

Ryan Anderson scored 26 points and went 7-of-10 from 3-point range for the Hornets. Greivis Vasquez had 23 points and 11 assists and Anthony Davis scored 15 points.

New Orleans trailed by 12 points before staging an impressive fourth-quarter rally. The Hornets finally caught the Trail Blazers at 92-92 on a 3-pointer by Austin Rivers with 50.3 seconds to play. Lance Thomas scored a meaningless basket at the buzzer after Lillard’s game-winning hoop.

Aldridge had 14 first-half points as Portland took a 54-43 halftime lead. The Trail Blazers led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter and took a 75-63 advantage into the final stanza.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Aldridge left the contest with 25.8 seconds left after apparently injuring an ankle. … New Orleans signed F Dominic McGuire earlier Sunday and McGuire had three points in 11 minutes. … Trail Blazers G Wesley Matthews (hip) started but left the contest after playing just four minutes. Matthews missed Portland’s previous two games.

Top Game Performances

New Orleans   Portland
Ryan Anderson 26 Scoring J.J. Hickson 24
Greivis Vasquez 11 Assists Nicolas Batum 10
Greivis Vasquez 8 Rebounds J.J. Hickson 16
Anthony Davis 5 Free Throws Made LaMarcus Aldridge 4
Ryan Anderson 2 Steals Nicolas Batum 5
Anthony Davis 1 Blocks Nicolas Batum 5

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 94 45.0 11-20 11-15 21 43 1 5 14
Portland 95 46.2 11-29 10-12 25 36 8 9 10

Upcoming Games

  • Portland will play their next game at home against Denver. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Golden State . The Hornets have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .235 after a loss.