NEW ORLEANS – “If we don't win that game [in New Orleans], this trip is a failure,” Portland Trail Blazers forward Sasha Pavlovic said. “It would be a failure.”
It has come down to this. This six-game road trip started off so promising after the Trail Blazers took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 in the opener. Since then, they have dropped four straight.
The defending champion Miami Heat were the latest team to issue the Trail Blazers a loss and it was a 117-104 loss last night.
Despite the outcome, the game was close pretty much throughout the entire game. But the Heat pulled away from the Trail Blazers in the fourth by going on a 16-3 run late that gave them the separation they needed for the victory.
LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points, six rebounds and nine assists. Chris Bosh added 32 points and 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade put in 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
“They just made plays down the stretch to win the game,” said Damian Lillard who finished with a game-high 33 points. “They are the champs for a reason and they showed why.”
The New Orleans Hornets (18-34) possess the second to last worst record in the Western Conference, but have been playing well winning three of their last four games.
The Trail Blazers (25-27) defeated the Hornets back in mid December off a Lillard game-winning three-point basket with 0.3 seconds left.
Tonight's game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet at 5 p.m. and on 620 AM radio.