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Minus ailing point guard Lillard, Portland falls to 5-10 with loss at New Orleans

Carmelo Anthony's Trail Blazers are off to an 0-1 start.

Anthony, newly signed out of the free-agent ranks, scored 10 points in 23 minutes, making 4 of 14 field-goal attempts in a starting role Tuesday night as Portland fell 115-104 at New Orleans.

An extremely tight game through the first half got away from the Blazers in the third quarter, and Portland was never a threat to win in the fourth quarter.

Anthony also had four rebounds, one block, five turnovers and five fouls.

Portland, which led 54-53 at the half, dropped to 5-10 this season and 1-2 on a six-game trip that continues with a 5 p.m. PT Thursday game at reigning NBA Eastern Conference champion Milwaukee.

New Orleans improved to 5-9, getting 22 points from point guard Jrue Holiday and 21 points from small forward Brandon Ingram.

It was the first game in a year for Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star who for years was one of the league's leading scorers.

The 6-8 power forward, age 35, made his first basket from 3-point range and went 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.

Portland played without starting point guard Damian Lillard (back spasms).

Anfernee Simons started in that spot and had 13 points in 36 minutes. He was 4 of 13 from the field, 3 of 5 on 3-pointers.

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 22 points in 35 minutes. Off the bench, Nassir Little had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double in nearly five years by a Portland rookie, and Kent Bazemore tossed in 11 points.


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