Pelicans roll into playoffs with 122-98 win over Spurs

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The New Orleans Pelicans stole one inside the Portland Trail Blazers' home court with a Game 1 win, 97-95.

McCollum had 19 point on 7-of-18 shooting and Lillard had 18 points on 6-of-23 shooting.

Well, so much for Anthony Davis not having any playoff wins to his name.

Both teams will have to make the 6-hour flight to New Orleans (either late Tuesday night after Game 2 ends or early Wednesday morning) and play on Thursday.

With the win, the Pelicans take a 1-0 lead in the series and became the first road team, and first underdog, to win in this year's NBA Playoffs.


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.

"I was hyped", said Holiday of the block.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans assured themselves no worse than the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 122-98 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night. Holiday", Rondo said. "The world is finally seeing what he does.

Tony Parker (11), Kyle Anderson (10) and Bryn Forbes (10) rounded out the Silver and Black's double-figure scoring. New Orleans led by five points until McCollum drained a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer. On the night of the 2017-2018 regular-season finale, that opponent could be any one of four teams.

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.


The Pelicans ripped off a 21-4 run to close the second quarter, bringing the crowd to its feet and leading to a 61-43 halftime advantage.

The game looked to be at blowout proportions, as the Pelicans built a 19-point lead in the third quarter before Portland made a spirited comeback that fell just short. When Chris Paul played in New Orleans, the club won 56 games in 2007-08 and 49 in 2008-09.

Mirotic scored seven points during the spurt, all on layups set up by Rondo, including one as he was fouled by Gasol.

The Pelicans opened up as slight underdogs in the opening game of the series and they came through as the combination of Holiday and Davis played a big role in the team taking such a big lead.

"We want to play fast".


New Orleans made the playoffs in 2015, but were swept by the #1 seeded Golden State Warriors 4-0 in the first round. At the Pelicans' offensive end of the floor, however, this will be the most important matchup of the series.

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