Damian Lillard scored 33 points, getting up from a vicious Kendrick Perkins forearm to help the Portland Trail Blazers hold off the feisty New Orleans Pelicans, who lost All-Star forward Anthony Davis and erased a 20-point deficit before falling, 117-112, Friday night in New Orleans.
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 three-pointer to give Portland the lead for good with a minute left.
Davis sat out the second half with a left knee injury, the severity of which was unclear.
Golden State 130, at Dallas 112: Stephen Curry had several dazzling plays on his way to 31 points, Klay Thompson scored 39 and the Warriors tuned up for Saturday’s showdown in San Antonio with their seventh straight win. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 16 for 27 from three-point range, including a 35-footer by Curry, with Thompson going 10 for 15. The Warriors made 14 of their first 17 shots from long range and finished 22 for 38.
Cleveland 109, at Orlando 103: Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and LeBron James had 18, including a layup and pair of free throws down the stretch to help the Cavaliers clinch a playoff spot. Victor Oladipo had a career-high 45 points for the Magic.
Oklahoma City 111, at Philadelphia 97: Russell Westbrook recorded his league-leading 13th triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, and Kevin Durant had 26 points and 13 boards. Westbrook’s 13 triple-doubles tie Grant Hill (1996-97) and Jason Kidd (2007-08) for most in a season in the last 25 years.
at Toronto 105, Boston 91: Kyle Lowry scored 32 points, and Luis Scola had all of his 17 in the first quarter as the Raptors won their third straight and handed the Celtics their fifth loss in six games.
at Detroit 115, Sacramento 108: Marcus Morris scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, and the Pistons (35-34) pulled into a virtual tie with Chicago (34-33) for the last playoff spot in the East.
at Houston 116, Minnesota 111: James Harden had 29 points and 14 assists as the Rockets bounced back from an ugly home loss to the Clippers. Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Phoenix at Lakers, late