Pelicans beat Warriors in Game 3 behind Anthony Davis' monster performance
13:24, May 5, 2018
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The Pelicans certainly played like their season depended on it.
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. They took care of business to prolong their season.
An intensely sloppy start for both teams belied the fact that Game 3 was heading towards an offensive explosion.
Both Jrue Holiday and Kevin Durant had 11 points after the first. "(In Game 2), we had a lot of open shots that we just didn't get in the basket.
The last time the Warriors lost two consecutive playoff games was the 2016 NBA Finals when they lost Games 3 and 4 at Cleveland.
BC-BKN-Warriors-Pelicans, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 816 Dominant Davis leads Pelicans past Warriors, 119-100.
Nearly more impressively though for New Orleans, Rajon Rondo starred.
The ever-dangerous Warriors hit 7-of-18 themselves and Klay Thompson led them with 20 points at the break. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 113.4 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45 percent shooting. It's not just that their shooters were off, although they were. Rondo also threw a handful of pristine bounce-pass entry feeds that helped Davis and others get layups or rhythm turnaround jumpers.
New Orleans came right out of halftime firing on all cylinders, recording yet another 30-point third quarter while limiting Golden State to a mere 19 points. 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. Rondo, meanwhile, has regained his form from his Celtics days, and on Friday he tallied 21 assists.
The Pelicans held the Warriors to just 38% from the field through three quarters, while the Pelicans shot 46% from downtown by the time the fourth quarter began.
Curry made waves in his huge comeback to 2018 NBA Playoffs in the Golden State Warriors' 121-116 Game 2 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Golden State missed 22 3-pointers. New Orleans outrebounded the Warriors 54 to 44 and finished with a 19-12 advantage in second-chance points. Nikola Mirotic continued his strong play for the Pelicans with 16 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Anthony Davis proved to be a beneficiary of Rondo's assists as he scored 14 of his 33 total points in the third quarter alone. He also added 4 steals to his impressive stat line. Rajon Rondo, the only player in the past decade with multiple 20-assist playoff games, can dink and dunk opposing defenses however he sees fit.
It wasn't just Davis in the second half, it was the Ian Clark revenge game - the former Warriors dropped 18 off the bench on his one-time teammates.
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