LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and chipped in with 12 rebounds for Portland on Thursday, leading the Trail Blazers to a 99-93 victory over New Orleans at Rose Garden.
Bettors who backed the Trail Blazers were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 9. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 185.5.
Portland got 18 points from Wesley Matthews and another 16 points from Luke Babbitt. Raymond Felton contributed 10 assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge cleaned the glass with 12 rebounds.
The Hornets got a 27-point performance from Marco Belinelli, who was supported by 24 points from Carl Landry. Greivis Vasquez had 6 assists in a losing cause for New Orleans, while Jason Smith grabbed 9 rebounds.
Portland trailed at halftime, 54-51.
New Orleans had a 34-33 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.
Next game, Portland takes its act on the road to face Los Angeles looking for another win. For New Orleans, they head on the road to face Los Angeles.