The Trail Blazers' playoff run is over, almost before it started.
Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday each achieved career playoff scoring highs as the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Portland Trail Blazers 131-123 Saturday at Smoothie King Center.
Davis scored 47 points and Holiday 41 for the Pelicans, who clinched the best-of-seven playoff series with a four-game sweep. Rajon Rondo dished out 16 assists to go with seven points and seven rebounds for New Orleans, which shot .570 from the field.
CJ McCollum had 38 points, Al-Farouq Aminu added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost nine straight playoff games dating to 2016.
Damian Lillard finished with 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, but Portland's All-Star point guard struggled again with his shot, going 7 for 16 from the field and 1 for 5 from 3-point range.
It was the best offensive performance of the series for Portland, which shot .526 from the field and scored 67 points in the second half. The Blazers cut a 15-point third-quarter deficit to one late in the game, but could never take the lead.
The Pelicans, who led 58-56 through a chippy, contentious first half, scored 42 points in the third quarter, taking an 87-72 lead late in the quarter. The difference was 100-87 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Blazers scored the first five points of the final period, though, and kept coming. When Aminu scored off a fast-break, they were within 112-111 with 5:06 remaining. But Davis converted a three-point play to give New Orleans a 115-111 lead with 4:56 remaining.
Nurkic made a reverse playup, but Davis drilled a 3 to make it 118-113. Lillard's jumper got the Blazers to within 118-115 with 4:07 left. Nikola Mirotic split a pair at the line to make it 119-115 with 3:51 to go. McCollum scored on a drive to cut it to 119-117, but Davis dunked a rebound for a 121-117 lead with 3:24 to play.
Evan Turner hit a pair at the line to make it 121-109 with 3:06 left, but Holiday's 3-point shot pushed the Pelicans' lead to 124-119 with 2:44 to go. Davis made two free throws for a 126-119 edge with 2:29 remaining.
Aminu's driving layup drew Portland to within 126-121 with 1:47 to play. Holiday made 1 of 2 foul shots to make it 127-121 with 1:09 left. McCollum's driving layup cut it to 127-123 with one minute to go, but Holiday's jumper pulled the Pelicans ahead 129-123 with 40.4 seconds left.
When Davis sank a pair at the line with 20.9 ticks on the clock, the issue was decided.
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