NEW ORLEANS — In a game marked by milestones, it was Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers who had the most to celebrate.

Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading scorer in franchise history as Portland defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-110 on Friday night.

Lillard passed LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) on the team's list, giving him 12,584 and leaving only Clyde Drexler ahead of him with 18,040.

"To move up the list with such a great organization, so many great players that came before me and to move up again is an honor," Lillard said. "One more person to go."

C.J. McCollum added 23 points, and Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood each had 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 8-3 since the All-Star break. Zach Collins scored 12 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Portland handed New Orleans its fifth consecutive loss despite impressive performances by a couple of Pelicans.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Trail Blazers 122, Pelicans 110

"Zach came off the bench and did a great job defensively," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "Rodney made some big plays down at the end that were important."

New Orleans' Julius Randle had a career-high 45 points and 11 rebounds, falling four assists short of a triple-double. Elfrid Payton had his third consecutive triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 16 assists.

Frank Jackson added 16 points and Jahlil Okafor had 10 for the Pelicans, who made just 12 of 25 free throws.

The Pelicans led by one point at halftime, but Lillard and McCollum led the way as the Blazers had a 66-point second half.

"When they needed the big shots," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said, "Damian and C.J. made them."

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Portland took an 87-82 lead at the end of the third quarter and pushed the lead to eight early in the fourth.

Payton's 3-pointer pulled the New Orleans within three points at 102-99 midway through the period, but McCollum, Lillard and Hood each made a 3-pointer as Portland took a 115-103 lead with 3:51 left.

New Orleans took a 37-30 lead after one quarter, but cooled off in the second. The Pelicans scored just 20 second-quarter points as the Blazers closed within a point at 57-56 at halftime.

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Blazers: The Blazers clinched a winning season and improved to .500 on the road (17-17). ... Portland, which was swept by New Orleans in a first-round playoff series last season, completed a three-game sweep of the regular-season series. ... Hood made his first start since being acquired in trade with Cleveland on Feb. 4, filling in for injured Maurice Harkless.

Pelicans: G Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and F E'Twaun Moore (quad contusion) each missed their fourth consecutive games and coach Alvin Gentry said it's unlikely either will return this season. ... Randle set his career high for points in a quarter when he scored 21 in the first period.

Davis well rested

Pelicans All-Star F Anthony Davis did not play Friday and the official reason for his absence was "rest." New Orleans has been restricting Davis' minutes and holding him out of one game of each set of back-to-back games since he requested a trade in late January. He's expected to play against Phoenix on Saturday.

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Portland Trail Blazers (41-26) vs New Orleans Pelicans (30-40)

Location: At Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

Time: 5 p.m. PT

TV: NBC Sports Northwest

Radio: Rip City Radio 620 AM

Streaming: Blazers Pass; Find streaming options here (including PlayStationVue, Hulu, Apple TV, Fubo TV and more); NBA League Pass (subscription required; local games and nationally televised games are blacked out).

About the Pelicans

The Pelicans are in 12th place in the Western Conference. ... New Orleans is coming off a 130-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and have lost four in a row. ... The Pelicans have been outscored by an average of 15.5 points during their four-game losing streak. ... Julius Randle has been New Orleans' leading scorer since the All-Star break. He's averaging 23.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. ... The Pelicans are 25th in offense (106.4 points per 100 possessions), 17th in defense (110.5 points per 100) and 26th in net rating (-4.1 points per 100) since the All-Star break. ... New Orleans is 18-15 at home but has lost their last four games at Smoothie King Center.

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About the Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers are in fourth place in the Western Conference. ... Portland is coming off a 125-104 road win against the LA Clippers. ... The Blazers are 7-3 since the All-Star break and have won 8 of 11 overall. ... CJ McCollum has been on fire since the All-Star break, averaging 23.9 points while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from the 3-point line. ... The Blazers rank first in offense (115.7 points per 100 possessions), 13th in defense (109.1 points per 100), and first in net rating (+6.6 points per 100) since the All-Star break. ... Portland is 16-17 on the road this season but have won six of their past eight games away from the Moda Center.

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Injury Report

The injury report will be updated

Pelicans: OUT: Anthony Davis (rest), Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal strain), E'Twaun Moore (left quadriceps contusion), Trevon Bluiett (right thumb surgery)

Blazers: OUT: Maurice Harkless (left knee); PROBABLE: Seth Curry (upper respiratory); AVAILABLE: Rodney Hood (right hip)

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