3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Blazers

17 April, 2018, 20:34 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Postgame recap Pelicans 122 Spurs 98

Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased nearly all of a 19-point deficit. In New Orleans' current four-game win streak with a playoff berth on the line, Davis has scored no fewer than 28 points in any of the games and has had double digit rebounds totals in all but one.

Davis and Mirotic scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, and each finished with 15 rebounds for the Pelicans (48-34). "We were able to get out to a lead and sustain it". But two months later the Pelicans beat the Blazers 123-116 in Portland without Davis.

"In transition, with Rondo leading us, and A.D. running the floor, and we got E'Twaun on the wing and Niko shooting 3s — I feel like we've got a pretty good chance", Holiday said.

That's what separates Holiday from some of the other great guards around the league: he's capable of winning games by making spectacular plays on either side of the ball.

The Pelicans halted Portland's furious fourth-quarter comeback to take a 1-0 lead in the First Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs with a 97-95 win in front of 19,882 (sellout) at Moda Center.

"It means a lot, especially for the organization and everything we have been though in the last couple of weeks with (recently deceased owner) Mr. (Tom) Benson", Davis said.

"I think that is all psycho-babble", he said.

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"I thought we started out flying around", Gentry said.

Tony Parker (11), Kyle Anderson (10) and Bryn Forbes (10) rounded out the Silver and Black's double-figure scoring. The Warriors on three of their four meetings during hte regular season.

The Trail Blazers are the better team, have been the better team since the second half of the season and have arguably the best backcourt combination in the National Basketball Association.

New Orleans led only 27-26 after one quarter but finished the second quarter with a 19-4 run to go up 61-43 at the break.

The San Antonio Spurs and host New Orleans Pelicans have both clinched a playoff berth, but will be vying for seeding in tonight's game.

The postseason victory is the first for the Pelicans franchise since April 24, 2011, when Chris Paul led the New Orleans Hornets past the L.A. Lakers. "We are not playing with any caution or anything like that". Instead the Spurs are the 7th seed and will take on defending NBA Champion Golden State in their first round best of seven series.

The wild, wild west is giving writers around the country headaches as they try to make sense of incredibly competitive NBA Playoff matchups.

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