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Takes two of those overtimes away.The Trail Blazers (22-6) arrived in New Orleans at 2 a.m. after their 129-119 triple overtime win against San Antonio. The Pelicans (13-13) hadnt played since winning by nine at Houston on Thursday.Yet, Portland had the energy throughout and found a way to shut down New Orleans offence, including forward Anthony Davis. The Pelicans, looking like the more tired team, shot just 35 per cent and turned the ball over 17 times.After scoring 31 points in the two teams first meeting this season, Davis went just 3 for 14, scoring only seven points while grabbing six rebounds and recording five blocked shots.I tried to bump him and get him out of his rhythm and let him know that Im going to be there any moment he tries to shoot the ball, said Portland forward Joel Freeland, who drew the task of guarding Davis.Portland shot 53 per cent, hit nine 3-pointers and outscored New Orleans by eight in the paint.We havent played like that, especially at home, or like this at the same time we played against a really good team who understood the moment, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. I think they are making a statement tonight and I think we didnt respond well.Aldridge started the rout early.He scored nine of Portlands first 12 points, giving the Trail Blazers a 14-4 lead. He finished with 13 first-quarter points, missing just three of his first nine shots to start the game.Portland led by 18 at halftime, pushed the lead to 20 on Aldridges 21-footer in the third quarter and never led by fewer than that the rest of the game.I dont know if surprise is ever the right word because I know what were capable of doing but I was very pleased with the energy that we came out of the gate with, Portland coach Terry Stotts said. It would have been easy to expect maybe a sluggish start, but the starters were really locked in and set the tone.Austin Rivers led New Orleans with 21 points off the bench. Reserve forward Ryan Anderson added 16 points for the Pelicans.___TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans recalled point guard Russ Smith from Fort Wayne of the NBA Developmental League on Saturday. Smith scored his first-career basket on a fourth-quarter 3-pointer.Trail Blazers: Portland improved to 9-3 in back-to-backs this season. . F Nicolas Batum scored 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting after sitting out Friday nights game with a right wrist injury and left knee contusion.LESS FEAST THAN FAMINENew Orleans usually can rely on PG Jrue Holiday, G Tyreke Evans and Davis to pitch in about 58 points per game. Saturday night the trio of starters went a combined 8 of 37 from the floor, scoring only 19 points.UP NEXTPelicans: Go to Oklahoma City for second game of a back-to-back.Trail Blazers: Travel to Houston for the third game of a four-game road trip. Sean Harlow Jersey . Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course, giving him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink going into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Takkarist McKinley Falcons Jersey . The 30-year-old Texas native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2001 amateur draft. Duke spent six years in Pittsburgh and also had stints with Arizona, Washington and Cincinnati. . The seventh-ranked Berdych wants to focus on the ATP Tour after helping the Czechs beat the Netherlands in the first round. Seeking their third straight Davis Cup title, the Czechs will rely again on veteran Radek Stepanek.VANCOUVER -- The goaltender who thought he had played his last game with the Vancouver Canucks was back skating with his old teammates Friday. Roberto Luongo, who spent all of last season expecting to be traded, admitted that it was strange to be back in Vancouver wearing a Canucks sweater again. "It was a bit odd flying in," Luongo said after training with several Canucks at the University of British Columbia. "Just when you think youve seen it all, theres always something else. I dont know what the future holds but right now Im just focused on the season." Luongo dodged the question of whether hes happy to remain a member of the Canucks. "Ive said all along I want to play," he said. "Now I have that opportunity. "I want to take advantage of that and I want to win some games. I want to go as far as we can and hopefully win the Stanley Cup. Its a big year for me. Ive been sitting on the bench for a while and I want to show everybody what I can do. We all know its an Olympic year. I just want to make the best of it." The Canucks goaltending situation has been one of Vancouvers most watched soap operas the last few seasons, with Luongo playing a starring role. The veteran said his goodbyes last spring after the Canucks were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks. The 34-year-old had been looking for a trade ever since Cory Schneider replaced him as Vancouvers starter. The general consensus was the Canucks would deal the three-time Vezina Trophy finalist over the summer. In a move that stunned many -- including Luongo -- the Canucks instead dealt the 27-year-old Schneider to the New Jersey Devils at Junes NHL draft for the ninth overall pick, which Vancouver used to take Bo Horvat. "It caught me by surprise," said Luongo. "It takes a while. Its a process." Vancouvers training camp officially opens Wednesday and Luongo said getting back on the ice to play hockey offers him some solace. "Thats where you are the most comfortable, when youre on the ice," he said. "Youre playing the game and youre not thinking about stuff. "Thats why Im anxious to get training camp started ... to get back to a regular routine and not worry about other stuff." Luongos contract was a stumbling block in trying to trade him. He has nine years and US$40.5 million left on a deal that counts as a US$5.3 million salary cap hit. In a market once called a "goaltender graveyard," Luongo has always been a lightening rod for criticism. He isnt even sure how local fans will react to his return. "To be honest with you I dont know how its going to work out," said Luongo, who posed for pictures with several people after the workout. "Theres always going to be people supporting and theres going to be people not so supportive. It goes along with the territory. Ive realized that over the course of the year you cant really please evverybody. Takkarist McKinley Womens Jersey. " In his early days in Vancouver, Luongo could sometimes be cocky, even arrogant. Some days he was friendly, others aloof. He showed more maturity the last few seasons and was praised for the way he handled the situation with Schneider. The two goaltenders were supportive of each other and didnt want to be a distraction to the team. "Ive always been the same person," said Luongo. "I just think a lot of people didnt see that before. "You learn and gain experience and learn to handle certain situations, whether they are a bit more complicated or whether you are thriving. You have to handle things a certain way. Maybe I have learned that a little bit more over the last couple of years. You have to practise it." Luongo was silent in the immediate aftermath of the trade, leading to speculation he was angry. There were suggestions he might boycott the Canucks training camp. "No," he said, dismissing the notion. "Thats not my style." Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis went to Luongos home in Florida over the summer to speak with his goaltender. "We chatted," Luongo said. "There was no animosity. "I dont know if it was as rosy as he painted it but we had a couple of laughs. They were just trying to do their job (trading Schneider). I dont hold that against them." In another major move, the Canucks fired coach the easy going Alain Vigneault and replaced him with the fiery John Tortorella. "Hes going to bring a change to the dressing room," Luongo said. "Not that Alain was a bad coach but sometimes change is good. "We will see what he brings. Hopefully it will spark the boys a little bit." Last year as Schneiders backup, Luongo appeared in 20 games, including 18 starts. He had a 9-6-3 record, with two shutouts, a 2.56 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Luongos relationship with the Canucks may have been strained, but he sounded like a man ready to try and make things work on Friday. A strong start to the season will also help him gain a spot on the Canadian team defending its Olympic gold medal. "Ive been focused, getting ready for the last month or so," he said. "I try to eliminate every distraction, just worrying about playing the game. "At this point in time thats all I really want to be focused on ... making sure that I get back to where I was two years ago, establish myself as one of the best in the league. 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