Cousins has 38 and the Pelicans beat the Blazers 123-116

Published 12:25 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2017 | Updated 1:31 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Pelicans were motivated against the Trail Blazers by a tough loss the night before and the absence of Anthony Davis.

DeMarcus Cousins had 38 points and New Orleans — missing Davis because of a pelvic injury — beat Portland 123-116 on Saturday night.

E’Twaun Moore added 19 points, including four 3-pointers for the Pelicans, who were playing the second of a back-to-back after a loss to the Jazz the night before. They snapped a three-game losing skid.

“I think it was a great team effort. We preached before the game, ‘No excuses,'” Cousins said. “It stinks that my partner in crime AD went out last night. That being said we kind of crumbled as a team the previous night. We just tried to come in with no excuses.”

Damian Lillard had 29 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who have lost two straight after a three-game…

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