Pelicans blow out the Blazers 119-102, take 3-0 series lead

Pelicans blow out the Blazers 119-102, take 3-0 series lead

Yolanda Curtis
April 20, 2018

Updates with details. With AP Photos.

In combination with Anthony Davis, who rim-rattled his way to 28 points and 11 rebounds - despite appearing to injure his left hand in the first quarter - Portland simply had nowhere to turn on defense. Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 11 assists and Jrue Holiday also had 16 points.

Holiday helped preserve New Orleans' Game 1 victory with a leaping steal in transition during the final minutes, followed by a block in the final seconds.

"It was awesome with this crowd", said Mirotic. "We have to try to do it for 48 minutes, and we have to play at the level and the pace we've played at the whole season that made us successful". If I have a shot, take a shot. It's just about the team.

New Orleans took a stranglehold on its first-round Western Conference playoff series, grabbing a 3-0 lead, with a chance to polish off the first sweep in franchise history when the teams tip off Game 4 at p.m. Saturday. Anthony Davis tallied 35 in game one.

New Orleans has won eight straight games going back to the regular season and are peaking at the right time. "We had some bad turnovers". Game 4 is Saturday. They came early, stayed late and played a major role in the Pelicans' rousing 119-102 victory. New Orleans then put the Blazers on display and dismantled them. Lillard's running partner CJ McCollum has also found things hard, as the Blazers backcourt has been comprehensively shut down and dominated on both sides of the floor by Rondo and Holiday.

"They're making me give the ball up", Lillard said. "I think this is a different coverage than I've seen in any point in my career". "It's two and three layers of defense". I don't expect for Portland to be the first.

We project the Blazers' center to finish with 32.7 FanDuel points this evening against the Pelicans.

The Trail Blazers have a mountain to climb after losing two games at home. Davis and the Pelicans had to weather the storm during the 4th quarter which saw the Blazers outscore the Pelicans by 10 points. Finished 9 of 31 from 3-point range.

With Mirotic connecting on feeds, stepbacks, cuts to the basket and dunks, the Pelicans' offensive arsenal became a dizzying highlight reel that the Blazers could only flail at. When he was shown cheering on his teammates on the main scoreboard, fans erupted into chants of "Boogie!" After Holiday's hook shot, Harkless made a 3-pointer to give Portland a 100-99 lead.

The Pelicans wore their alternate red uniforms and every fan was given a matching red T-shirt, turning the entire packed seating area into a sea of red.

"It was great, but I witnessed this before when I was at Golden State and we played here in the first round of the (2015) playoffs". He scored 20 points in this one, but he shot just 5 of 14 from the field and committed a whopping eight turnovers.

Mirotic scored 21 by halftime, which already represented a playoff career high.

"It's going to be rocking to come back after a two wins in Portland, out there".

New Orleans leads 2-0.

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