The New Orleans Pelicans Go For The Sweep Today At Home

Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Ed Turner #1 and Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center

Updates with new lead, quotes and details. Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis says winning a series is "amazing" after being viewed as a longshot just to make the playoffs. The series victory not only was New Orleans' first since 2008, but only the second since the National Basketball Association returned 16 seasons ago to the city where the Pete Maravich-led Jazz originally played from 1974-79, before moving to Utah. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of a franchise player determined to lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with a dominant performance in the clutch.

I guess we'll just have to find out together.

"It was fun", Davis said.

"I came here to win a championship", Rondo said. Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo outplayed Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 25 points off the bench for the Heat, who led by 12 points in the second half before letting a game they nearly certainly had to have slip away.

What the Pelicans have done since DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles at the end of January has been nothing short of remarkable. Although, Davis has been brilliant all series long and might just as easily play Nurkic out of the game.

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

However, Davis and Holiday were simply too strong down the stretch, as the duo scored New Orleans' final 12 points to maintain the lead and earn the eight-point victory.

"We enjoyed every minute of it", said one fan.

We will have plenty of time to break down the Golden State Warriors in the coming days.

Damian Lillard shared a similar sentiment when reflecting on the season as a whole.

"We took care of business", Embiid said.

We do not know yet but here are some changes that the Blazers should make, First fire head coach Terry Stotts.

As Lillard indicated, though, the team has been successful and shouldn't necessarily blow everything up after a 49-33 season.

It is quite possible the Golden State Warriors will be without Steph Curry once again in the second round. "It was definitely good to play a team this close to the playoffs that you could possibly play, especially with the different style that they're playing now".

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

Nikola Mirotic is a very good shooter, but he isn't very good defensively. Moore finished with 14 points.

And since four straight losses in late March almost pushed them out of the playoff altogether, the Pelicans have won nine straight games, including the franchise's first ever sweep. Committed 14 turnovers, with Holiday committing seven. Game 4 of that series is tomorrow. From the tip, it looked as though they'd done so. I just tried to be aggressive. Some words and shoving ensued, and McCollum was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul on the play.

"I live for those moments", a grinning Rondo said. Richardson stayed down for more than a minute, eventually getting helped to his feet and to the Miami locker room. And they came in with a great defensive game plan, they threw something at us that we hadn't seen and it worked out for them. New Orleans had the momentum. Five straight points by Al-Farouq Aminu made it a one-point game, 112-11, with 5:08 remaining, but Portland never could complete the comeback.

"In a close-out game and with the magnitude of the situation, this was probably the best game he's played since I've been here", Gentry said.

"But we had a great season".

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

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