Pelicans rout Warriors 119-100, series now 2-1


As a result, the Pelicans reduced the Warriors' lead to 2-1 with a chance to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday. It's almost a must-win for the Pelicans, who trail 2-0 in the series.

Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic may be the midseason acquisition of the year and he's certainly making the biggest impact of anyone who came over in a trade at the deadline in the postseason.

The Warriors would be the favorites to create it 3-0 and advantage nearer to advancing into the last 4 of their National Basketball Association match.

But Davis has truly taken the next step this season and he looks like a freak of nature out on the court.

The game started off with an electric atmosphere in the Blender and a little bit of a sloppy start for both teams, turnovers and missed shots.

Solomon Hill, all of all people, was drilling 3-pointers, Jrue Holiday was scoring at will and the Pelicans finished the first half with 10 made 3s. But the Pelicans hijacked the Warriors blueprint again, blitzing Golden State with a 30-19 third.

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After struggling in the first quarter the Warriors started to heat up, specifically Klay Thompson as he recorded 20 points in the quarter. I'm sitting at the locker room waiting to get in here, and he took forever.

The game was still string up in the equilibrium midway through the fourth quarter when Steve Kerr turned to the Warrior's Hamptons 5, which is when the latter pulled away.

In the first round, he put up 11.3 points, 7.5 boards and 13.3 assists in a four-game sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Pelicans were in their element, shooting 50.0% from the field and 45.2% from beyond the arc. Rondo also threw a handful of pristine bounce-pass entry feeds that helped Davis and others get layups or rhythm turnaround jumpers. At the end of the third the Pels lead 92-75. In Game 3, it was 62.9 percent (22 of 35), and the rate was lower than that in the first three quarters, before things got out of hand.

"You can't get assists without your teammates", Rondo said. The Pelicans, with their backs against the wall, came out swinging and delivered a series of knockout punches in their 119-100, game three win. Thompson, who had a stellar series shooting the ball against San Antonio, went 9-for-22 for 26 points. Green guarded Rondo while both teams walked to their respective benches and the two eventually began lightly shoving each other.

Eric Gordon added 25 points and Chris Paul had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Rockets.

However, he was, without a doubt, the best player on the floor Friday as he finished with 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals while being shadowed by one of the best defenders in the league in Draymond Green.