Blaz­ers fall, Anthony has 10 in de­but

Times Standard (Eureka) - - SPORTS -

NEW OR­LEANS >> Jrue Hol­i­day had 22 points and 10 as­sists, Brandon In­gram added 21 points, and the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans spoiled Carmelo Anthony’s Port­land de­but with a 115104 vic­tory over the Trail Blaz­ers on Tues­day night.

Anthony fin­ished with 10 points while Port­land lead­ing scorer and four-time All-Star Damian Lil­lard missed his first game of the sea­son with back spasms.

Start­ing at for­ward and play­ing across the street from where he led Syra­cuse to the 2003 NCAA cham­pi­onship over Kansas, Anthony scored the Blaz­ers’ first points of the game on a 3-pointer from 26 feet out, but wound up miss­ing 10 of 14 shots in what was the first game of his 17th NBA sea­son.

J.J. Redick hit 4 of 9 3-point­ers and scored 14 points for New Or­leans, which has won two straight and three of four. Ken­rich Wil­liams, who got the start at for­ward, filled the stat sheet with hus­tle plays, grab­bing 14 re­bounds to go with three steals and a blocked shot. He also scored eight points.

KINGS 120, SUNS 116 >> Bog­dan Bog­danovic set ca­reer highs with 31 points and seven 3-point­ers, and Sacra­mento beat Phoenix.

Richaun Holmes had 20 points and 15 re­bounds, Ne­manja Bjel­ica scored 17 points and Har­ri­son Barnes added 15 for Sacra­mento. The Kings have won four of five.

Devin Booker had 30 points, eight as­sists and five re­bounds for Phoenix. Kelly Oubre Jr. and Mikal Bridges scored 20 points apiece.

Bog­danovic shot 11 of 14 over­all and was 7 of 9 be­yond the arc. He made four 3s and had 14 of Sacra­mento’s 16 points dur­ing one stretch in the sec­ond quar­ter, then made three more from the perime­ter in the fourth to help the Kings hold on.

Phoenix trailed by 26 early in the third quar­ter. The Suns were within 9081 early in the fourth but couldn’t stop Bog­danovic. The 27-year-old Ser­bian scored 11 points in the fi­nal 12 min­utes, in­clud­ing his sev­enth 3-pointer that made it 106-91.

Phoenix made a fi­nal push to get within 116113 with 14 sec­onds left be­fore Yogi Fer­rell and Holmes made two free throws apiece for Sacra­mento.

Ricky Ru­bio had one point and two as­sists in 16 min­utes. Ru­bio did not play in Mon­day’s loss to Bos­ton be­cause of back spasms.

GER­ALD HER­BERT — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Trail Blaz­ers for­ward Carmelo Anthony, left, re­acts as he walks to the bench with guard An­fer­nee Si­mons against the Pel­i­cans in New Or­leans on Tues­day.

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