Anthony Davis' 47 points, Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers out of playoffs

Posted April 26, 2018

An alley-oop from Holiday to Anthony Davis at the 7:14 mark in the fourth quarter to go up 107-79 seemed to put the final nail in the coffin.

If the Pelicans go down, it'll be with those four guys on the court. "We knew we had to play our best game of the series", head coach Alvin Gentry said. "I think it's that simple".

For his part Davis said he was trying to build a legacy in New Orleans, and he said he would so glad to see the crowd into it.

This was not the way it was supposed to end for the Portland Trail Blazers. He capping his 41-point night with an 18-footer that gave the Pelicans a six-point lead with 40 seconds left.

Rondo added 16 assists and Davis also had 11 rebounds and three blocks for New Orleans. Last year, every ESPN hockey personality surveyed (12 in all) picked the first-seeded Chicago Blackhawks over the eighth-seeded Nashville Predators in the first round, and the Predators' team Twitter account and their mascot's account both made fun of the network after sweeping the Blackhawks.

And it came in a game where he was involved in a second-period scuffle.

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Their failure to even win one game could see big changes from the franchise this summer and it could well start with a coaching change.

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

But Rondo reiterated that he came to New Orleans because he thought they could do big things.

"Their stars really put on a show tonight", said Blazers coach Terry Stotts, whose team had valiantly cut New Orleans' 15-point lead down to one point with five minutes remaining - to no avail.

MIAMI - Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in almost 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat to move within a victory of the second round.

Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points for the Pelicans in Thursday Night's 119-102 win in Game 3 against the Trail Blazers.

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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 the game slip away. It's likely too late to turn that around now, but he may still be able to get at least one good performance in.

Afterward, Lillard discussed his appreciation for the Pelicans star, who needed six seasons to experience his first playoff victory with New Orleans, and who didn't even get to participate in the playoffs in four of his first five years in the National Basketball Association.

New Orleans will also have to deal with a much more potent option on the wing in Kevin Durant, who may just be a little bit better than Al-Farouq Aminu. Joe Ingles had 21 points for Utah.

Donovan Mitchell contributed 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Jazz took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series. If Paul George decides to leave OKC and the Thunder decide that they want to trade Carmelo Anthony, the Trail Blazers should jump on the offer.

The picks are certain to roll in the Warriors favor, assuming Golden State finishes off San Antonio, which averted a sweep with a Game 4 victory Sunday but still trails 3-1 in the series.

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