The Portland Trail Blazers scored at least 30 points in three quarters en route to a big win Friday night over New Orleans, 128-112. Off the bench, Jake Layman exploded in the second quarter to give the Blazers a 16-point lead at the half.
The third-year pro out of Maryland scored 20 points on eight-of-11 shooting in the second frame. Layman’s barrage of scoring included two ridiculous alley-oop finishes and four straight made three-pointers.
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Portland rode the lead Layman gave them through three quarters. The Pelicans were able to shrink the Blazers lead to eight early in the fourth quarter causing both coaches to bring their starters back.
In the second game of the season series, Portland outrebounded Anthony Davis’ Pelicans 53-to-41. The Blazers also had another solid assist night with 30 team assists.
Damian Lillard led the way for the home squad with a team-high 24 points and eight assists. C.J. McCollum and Layman each finished with 20 points.
All five Blazer starters collected double-digit scoring, Maurice Harkless returned to the starting lineup and scored 12 points while Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 15 points. Following his first career triple-double on Wednesday, Jusuf Nurkic collected another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The win marks the 300th for Terry Stotts as the head coach of the Blazers.
Portland heads out on the road for the next three games starting with a Monday matchup in Utah with the Jazz.