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Tim Frazier and Damian Lillard go at it for old times' sake

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Damian Lillard scores 33 points, but in the fourth quarter is clotheslined by Kendrick Perkins, who receives a flagrant foul 2 and is ejected. Portland wins the game over New Orleans 117-112. (1:18)

NEW ORLEANS -- Damian Lillard had a message for Tim Frazier before they faced off Friday night.

"He was like, I better guard C.J. [McCollum] tonight because if I don't, my 10-day [contract] will turn into a three-day," Frazier said.

Frazier had a message for Lillard, too.

"He was like, 'Yeah, all right. We'll see,' " Lillard said.

To the pair of undersized point guards, the barbs basically are terms of endearment.

Lillard said the duo became close during Frazier's abbreviated tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers, spanning the end of last season to 54 games into this season, in large part because he refused to back down from the superstar guard.

"If you ask anybody -- our coaches, any of my teammates -- they'll say me and Tim was ready to kill each other in practice and playing pickup games," Lillard said. "There was no, 'This is my good friend.' It was kill or be killed, basically.

"And he didn't back down to me. That made me better. He fouled me a lot, and I fouled him a lot. I got better because I played through contact, I was able to hit jumpers through him holding my jersey. He was there every time. Even in a game of pickup when I was making every shot -- tough shot or open shot. He was there every time. He wasn't going away. I think that's one of his strongest qualities.

"I don't like to have nobody with me too much. I just like having my alone time. But I never minded being around him. We did everything together."

Playing in his second game with the Pelicans after signing a 10-day contract and meeting the team in Sacramento on Wednesday, Frazier showed Portland what it was missing out on Friday. With Anthony Davis out because of a sore left knee, Frazier churned out 11 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds after halftime to help the New Orleans Pelicans storm back from down 20.

The Pelicans ultimately would lose 117-112, marking their 10th loss in their past 13 games, but a Frazier pull-up jumper with 2:13 left gave New Orleans a one-point lead and a chance to sneak a win away from his former team.

The second-year pro finished with 13 points, 4 assists, 4 turnovers and 3 rebounds. Not quite the 33 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by his counterpart, but enough to once again show he has the sort of upside to stick around in New Orleans for a while.

"Yeah, it was different," Frazier said about facing his former team. "Obviously I can't get away with the fouls I used to get away with at practice. But it's bittersweet to be able to go up against him in a real, live game. Obviously I wanted to win so I can have the bragging rights and talk a little trash. But those guys fought. All credit to them. It's definitely a surreal moment to step out on the court and play against them."

Frazier, who was waived by the Blazers after the trade deadline to make space for Anderson Varejao (since waived via the stretch provision), made sure to get some trash talk in anyway.

"I feel playing against him was probably how he used to guard them in practice, or whatever it was. He felt comfortable talking trash to every guard that was going against him," Jrue Holiday said. "You've got to love that. You ride with him doing that. Especially a team that he used to be with and everything. Kind of want to show that he's on our side now. Again, I rock with him."