Pelicans and Rockets dominate, make both series 2-1

Rex Christensen
May 5, 2018

The first five minutes or so of Game 3 looked like everyone on both teams spent pre-game touring Bourbon Street in New Orleans rather than going through warm-ups, but eventually everyone figured things out.

The Pelicans didn't let their lead slip away and handed the Warriors a commanding defeat of 119-100 with a chance to tie up the series in game 4.

NEW ORLEANS, United States (3RD UPDATE) - The New Orleans Pelicans, energized by a return to their home court, dominated the reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, 119-100, on Friday, May 4, to narrow the gap in their second-round playoff series. It's indeed reasonable to anticipate that playing time will gradually increase, at least depending on how the matchup is harmonizing. New Orleans would use a 16-2 run during the quarter to put the Warriors in the largest deficit that they've faced in these playoffs at 25.

But pulling the strings was Rajon Rondo. The officiating wasn't much better in the series opener, when Holiday was effectively eliminated when he he was called for four phantom fouls in the first two quarters and change, and where at one point the Pelicans had a 15-6 foul disadvantage on the Warriors. Only four points from the veteran point guard. He also played his irritant defense to perfection as he got into it with multiple Pelicans key players and helped fire up the home crowd.

Davis didn't quite score 50, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.

It was a blueprint re-used from numerous Pels' 10 wins in their last 12 games.

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In Game 1, Mirotic was tasked to defend Warriors All-NBA megastar Kevin Durant, which, for any defender, drains offensive fuel because stopping Durant is to achieve the unachievable. Jumping out to a 13 points first quarter lead and never looking back.

Davis finished with 33 points and 18 rebounds.

Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans and Ian Clark had 18 points against his former club for the Pelicans. We're competing. I don't think it's nothing more than us battling on the court.

The Celtics dominated Philadelphia in game one and ripped their heart out with a comeback in game two. They're not the first people you know who couldn't find their IDs after waking up face-down on Bourbon Street.

Golden State shot uncharacteristically poorly from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 per cent shooting (35 of 92) overall. However, Curry made up for those struggles, pouring in 28 points in 27 minutes off the bench.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry added that he "felt real good" during a time out when he heard Davis say, "We're not losing this game".

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