Anthony Davis injured in Pelicans' loss to Blazers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Damian Lillard scored 33 points, getting up from a vicious Kendrick Perkins forearm to help Portland recover from a blown 20-point lead and finish off a feisty New Orleans Pelicans squad, 117-112 on Friday night.
The Pelicans nearly pulled off what would have been their largest comeback this season while Anthony Davis sat out the second half with a left knee injury, the severity of which was unclear.
Perkins' clothesline-style forearm put Lillard flat on his back, and resulted in some brief shoving, as well as Perkins' ejection.
The dust-up enlivened the crowd and Pelicans, who briefly held slim leads in the final minutes until C.J. McCollum, who had 30 points, hit a 3 that was set up by Lillard's pass to give Portland the lead for good with a minute left.
Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday each scored 30 for New Orleans.