Damian Lillard scored 33 points, with eight rebounds and six assists, as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 117-112 at the Smoothie King Center on Friday night.
The Pelicans lost two key players on the night. First of all, they lost Anthony Davis once again due to a knee injury before the end of the second quarter. The second loss was Kendrick Perkins to a very bizarre incident.
Perkins decided to clothesline Lillard halfway through the fourth quarter. This started off a mini skirmish between the two sides while the Blazers star was on the floor. Perkins was given a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game while Lillard managed to finish the game.
Lillard said after the game, according to forwardcenter.net via USA Today: "It was dirty for sure, but it’s a physical game. I’m from Oakland, I’ve been punched before, I’ve been tackled before. It was a cheap play, but to me, it didn’t feel as bad as it might have looked.
"My focus was on winning the game and that was just two points easier than it probably would have been if I had gotten to the rim."
Perkins has been ejected numerous times across his career for being ejected for an unnecessarily hard foul. He didn't do any interviews after the game, but Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry did say according to Fox Sports: "Obviously his momentum took him forward, so it looked like he went for his neck. Perk is not that kind of player.''