Evans’ big basket came right after Portland’s Damian Lillard, who has hit several game-winners this season, made a contested 3-pointer to tie the score at 108. New Orleans, which won its fourth in a row at home, never trailed in the second half but never led by more than five in the final 10 minutes.
Jrue Holiday scored 15 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and tied a season high with 13 assists for the Pelicans. Anthony Davis added 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Evans had 20 points.
Davis forced LaMarcus Aldridge into a tough shot from the baseline that bounced off the top of the backboard as time ran out.
HAWKS: Center Al Horford will have season-ending surgery today to repair his torn right pectoral muscle.
Horford, the Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder, suffered the injury in the first overtime of Thursday’s 127-125 double-overtime win at Cleveland. An examination Friday revealed the complete tear of the muscle.
Hawks spokesman Garin Narin on Monday night confirmed plans for the surgery.
Hortford is averaging 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in his seventh season. He suffered a similar injury two years ago. He tore his left pectoral muscle early in the 2011-12 season, when he played only 11 regular-season games before returning in the playoffs. Narin said Horford would not return for the playoffs this season.
The loss of Horford could be difficult to overcome for the Hawks, who are third in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have split their first two games without Horford, beating Charlotte before losing at Orlando on Sunday.
Elton Brand has started the last two games at center but played fewer than 20 minutes in each game. He had only seven points and two rebounds in 14 minutes against Orlando.
HEAT: LeBron James returned to the starting lineup against the Denver Nuggets after missing the previous game because of a groin injury.
James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heat’s overtime loss at Sacramento.
He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday at Portland
LAKERS: Guard Xavier Henry will be out for at least a week after bruising his right knee during a loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.