New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was inspired going into Monday night, confident about carrying his team in the fourth quarter after he struggled trying to do it this past Saturday against Houston.

Holiday rose to the challenge, scoring 15 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter. But it took swingman Tyreke Evans’ 14-foot jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining for the Pelicans to escape with a 110-108 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers before 17,035 at New Orleans Arena.

It was Evans' only made shot in the fourth quarter and it came after Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had tied the score at 108 with a 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds remaining. Evans' strength is attacking the basket, but he made his clutch jumper under tight defensive pressure from Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams.

With the crowd on its feet, Evans, who scored 20 points, calmly made the shot from the right side of the court. After Pelicans coach Monty Williams watched the ball sailed through the net, he raised his right hand triumphantly as he headed to the bench after the Trail Blazers called a timeout.

``That was big, obviously we know Tyreke has done that a million times,'' Holiday said. ``He has the ability to take over the game.''

It was only the Pelicans’ second victory in 14 games against teams with a winning records.The Trail Blazers came into Monday night with the second-best record in the Western Conference at 24-6. They also entered as the league’s highest scoring team, averaging 108.6 points per game. But the Pelicans outscored the Trail Blazers 68-32 in the post and had a 20-10 edge in fastbreak points.