NBA: CJ McCullum has chosen his former teammates as Pelican Pound Blazers

CJ McCallum of the New Orleans Pelicans drives # 3 against Portland Trail Blazer CJ ELB # 16 in the first half at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 07, 2022.

CJ McCallum of the New Orleans Pelicans drives # 3 against Portland Trail Blazer CJ ELB # 16 in the first half at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 07, 2022. Jonathan Bachmann / Getty Images / AFP

CJ McCullum scored 23 points to put six New Orleans scorers ahead in double figures as the host Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 127-94 on Thursday night.

For New Orleans, Willie Hernandez had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Jonas Valencionus, returning from a one-game absence due to ankle pain, added 14 points.

Trey Murphy III and Larry Nance Jr., who were acquired with the McCullum from Portland in the February trade, each had 12, and Jackson Hayes scored 11 as the Pelicans overcame the absence of leading scorer Brandon Ingram (hamstring titans).

The Pelicans (36-44) completed a three-game season sweep of the Blazers (27-53), losing their ninth game 2-19 since the All-Star break. The recession includes a rate of 117-107 to visit New Orleans on March 30.

Drew Ubanks added 20 points, CJ Alebi added 17, Reggie Perry added 15 and former Pelican Didi Luzada added 11 points for the Blazers.

At 13 at half-time, the Pelicans began their third-quarter scoring with a three-point game by Hayes and a four-point game by Grant of Devante ‘which gave them a 72-54 lead.

Ubanks scored four points, but McCullum answered with a 3-pointer and Herbert Jones Jr. added two free throws as New Orleans extended the lead to 79-58.

The Pelicans led 26 points before holding the 101-76 edge at the end of the third quarter.

In the first quarter, the lead changed hands nine times and the Pelicans tied four times before the end of the time with a push.

McCullum and Murphy each made 3-pointers as New Orleans took a 33-28 lead 12 minutes later.

The Pelicans scored the first seven points of the second quarter, but the Blazers closed the gap at 40-33 with the next five points.

Portland once again got within seven points before New Orleans scored seven straight goals for a 49-35 lead.

Jones ’layup gave the Pelicans their biggest lead in the half at 15 points, before they took a 65-52 lead at halftime.

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