Basketball 101 teaches the most dangerous man is the one passing the ball in-bounds. Try as they might, the Hornets fell victim by not taking heed to this as Damian Lillard nailed a game-winning three giving the Blazers a 95-94 victory and New Orleans their sixth consecutive loss.
As noted by the announcer, the half had been relatively quiet for the first year man from Weber State in what was billed as the first matchup between he and #1 overall pick Anthony Davis. With this one shot, no one will ever remember Lillard went 5-14, including 4-10 from three. He hit the basket that mattered and continues to stake claim to the Rookie of the Year award, which appears to be his to lose thus far.
J.J. Hickson paced Portland with 24 points and 16 rebounds.