Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo Lead Pelicans to Playoff Win

Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo Lead Pelicans to Playoff Win

Grab more rebounds than New Orleans. "But they have Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, E'Twaun Moore, they've got a lot of guys that make them a risky team". Perhaps the most spectacular play came from yet another Rondo/Davis hook-up, something they've perfected over the last few months.

Anthony Davis has already built an impressive resume as an National Basketball Association superstar at age 25, but the one glaring absence from his list of accomplishments is postseason success. Uh, yeah - that's a big NO.

Veteran Rajon Rondo, with a championship ring and plenty of playoff pedigree, kept the Pelicans focused and set every time the Blazers threatened to capture the lead. Klay Thompson scored 27 points on 11-for-13 shooting from field and Kevin Durant added 24.

GUESSING THE BEARD ISN'T COMING BACK: The Pelicans acquired Nikola Mirotic in a trade after Cousins went out.

New Orleans started creating some separation until closing the half with a 16-4 run that sent it into halftime with a 45-36 advantage.

"They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had".

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The second quarter had a little different look to it.

LUCKY THIRTEEN: The Blazers went on a 13-game winning streak, starting with a victory over Golden State just before the All-Star break that boosted their playoff position. With 6:29 left in the half, Portland was up 32-29. "We ask him to try to get 20 points for us every night and we also ask him to guard the best perimeter player on the other team regardless of who it is". 14 runs matched a season-high for the Pelicans and 19 hits marked a new high.

They didn't do that.

Down East also got another RBI from Chuck Leblanc, extending his league lead in the category to 11.

Over the course of the season, New Orleans was the third-highest scoring team (111.7) in the National Basketball Association while allowing the second-most points (110.4) of any team.

But then ... Portland turned the ball over on two straight possessions. Trail Blazers' leading scorer Damian Lillard did not play well in the defeat, sinking only 6 of 23 shots for a total of 18 points.

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It was 86-72 Pelicans.

His second trip to the playoffs is off to a much better start.

That was a bit of a head-scratcher.

After a meaningless three from CJ, the final score was Pelicans 97, Blazers 92. "I think we played well overall". New Orleans is scoring an average of 111.7 points, good for third in the National Basketball Association.

Game 2 is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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