Dominant Davis wills Pelicans into 2nd round of playoffs

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26 April, 2018

Anthony Davis had three fouls before halftime and was taken out to avoid a fourth.

But that, as they say, is why we play the games. "He just was not gonna let us lose".

Head Coach Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers speaks with the media before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Game Three of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2018 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For his part Davis said he was trying to build a legacy in New Orleans, and he said he would so glad to see the crowd into it.

The Portland Trail Blazers have a lot of roster deficiencies, and those shortcomings have been surely noted.

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Rondo, who shared the post-game hero's podium with Davis and Holiday, said he had come to New Orleans to play with the "Big 3" of Holiday, Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

New Orleans missed the playoffs during Gentry's first two seasons, during which the team was hampered by a combination of key injuries or other matters that caused extended absences of key personnel.

The pair scored 28 of the Pelicans' final 29 points in Saturday's contest.

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"You put the ball in these two guys' hands and they delivered for us", Rondo said. "I couldn't ask for a better duo right now, especially at the time of the game where we needed to get the ball in the hole".

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 18 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons had a triple-double in Game 4 against the Heat. We can watch Game 4, through the comfortable lens of a 3-0 Pelicans lead, as a possible deciding night for series MVP. Joe Ingles made five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Derrick Favors tallied 11 points. Despite being bottled up worse than he may have ever been in his career, Dame said his confidence is just fine, thank you very much.

Because a team has never come back from a 3-0 deficit in National Basketball Association history, it is more than likely the New Orleans Pelicans will play the Golden State Warriors in the second-round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

"We would want this to be something that changes the mindset of not just what we do here, but also of other people looking to come here", said Pelicans forward Solomon Hill, who joined Davis as a free agent in 2016.

James Harden led the way for Houston with 29 points, but Chris Paul fouled out with 17 points and the Rockets went just 15 for 41 from 3-point range.

Don't be confused. This isn't the first time this franchise has experienced this type of atmosphere.

Charles Barkley: "Uh, that's called the playoffs, young fella". Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton scored 14 points apiece. It's critical for the Pelicans to stay completely healthy heading into their next playoff series, nearly certainly against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

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