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The Suns would make a comeback to defeat the Pelicans in overtime, 133-126

The Suns would make a comeback to defeat the Pelicans in overtime, 133-126

Since both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns have been eliminated from playoff contention, they have little to nothing left to play for.  This will be the 6th time in the last eight seasons that the Pelicans will miss the postseason, partly due to the distraction caused by rumors that Anthony Davis was going to team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles halfway through the season.

As for the Arizona ball club, this will mark the ninth straight season that the Suns will miss the playoffs.  The last time they made a postseason appearance was back in 2010 when Amar’e Stoudemire was leading the team in points per game.  They ended up losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, 2-4.  As they host the Pelicans tonight, they will hope to avoid a second straight loss.

The Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as both teams have a tied matchup record at 29 wins apiece.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on March 16 when the Suns pulled away with a 138-136 win.  Devin Booker finished that game with 40 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, and one block while Julius Randle had 21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Trevon Bluiett (thumb)
-Anthony Davis (back; 25.9 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 51.7 FG%, 33.1 3P%, 79.4 FT%)
-Jrue Holiday (abdominal; 21.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 7.7 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.5 3P%, 76.8 FT%)
-Frank Jackson (concussion; 8.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 31.4 3P%, 74.0 FT%)
-Darius Miller (thigh; 8.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 39.0 FG%, 36.5 3P%, 78.9 FT%)
-E’Twaun Moore (quad; 11.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 48.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%, 76.3 FT%)
-Stanley Johnson (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.9 FG%, 28.8 3P%, 78.1 FT%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 16.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 58.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 74.6 FT%)
-Devin Booker (ankle; 26.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.8 FT%, 46.7 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 86.6 FT%)
-Richaun Holmes (ankle; 8.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 60.8 FG%, 73.1 FT%)
-Tyler Johnson (knee; 10.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 41.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 74.8 FT%)
-Kelly Oubre (thumb; 15.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 44.5 FG%, 32.0 3P%, 77.5 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 48.6 FG%, 42.8 3P%, 81.5 FT%)
-Jimmer Fredette (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 32.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-George King (0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The New Orleans Pelicans would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot sixty-seven percent from the field, holding the home team at fifty-four percent shooting.  Former Utah Jazz’ guard Ian Clark got hot for 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also had two rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Julius Randle helped out with 12 points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Kenrich Williams saw to it that he got nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also drilled a three-pointer to end the first quarter.  Solomon Hill played 12 minutes off the bench but only had three points.

As for the Phoenix Suns, Ray Spalding earned 12 points as he shot eighty-five percent from the field.  Troy Daniels also had 12 points off the bench, collecting them all from beyond the arc.  California-native Josh Jackson chalked up 10 points, which included two three-pointers.  Jamal Crawford played the most minutes off the Phoenix bench as he lit the floor up with 16 points, hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had one rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals but it was the Louisiana ball club that went into halftime with a 76-65 lead.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with more of a purpose as they went on a 52 to 41 run, completing forty-three percent of their shots, limiting the Pelicans to thirty-four percent.  During that run, Jackson added to his scoring total as he put up 17 more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  He also earned 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Crawford scored 10 more points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Julius Randle earned 17 more points on fifty percent shooting.  Cheick Diallo played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the Arizona team that would complete the comeback, forcing overtime where they would eventually pull out a 133 to 126 victory behind Josh Jackson’s eight overtime points.  Josh Jackson finished the contest with a season-high 35 points, along with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals while Julius Randle settled for 31 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will head over West to battle Buddy Hield (21.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (39-40) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final matchup between these two teams this season.  The last time they battled each other was on March 28 when the Pelicans pulled away with a 121-118 win.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 34 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Buddy Hield recorded 27 points, 2 rebounds, and one assist.

The Phoenix Suns will take on James Harden (36.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.1 FG%, 36.5 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (51-28) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the third and final time that the Suns and Rockets will battle each other during this season.  March 15 was the last time they saw each other as the Suns fell to the Texas team, 102-108.  James Harden finished that contest with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 6 steals, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker settled for 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

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The Memphis Grizzlies overpower the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-103

The Memphis Grizzlies overpower the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-103

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently in the midst of recovering from one of their worst seasons ever as they finished last year with a 22-60 record.  Last time they had a record that bad was back in the 2007-2008 season, the year before they drafted Marc Gasol.  The Grizzlies are coming fresh off a 96-86 win that earned over the impressive Los Angeles Clippers, who are also recovering from a disappointing previous season.  The Grizzlies will look to grab a second straight win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

As for the Pelicans, their season isn’t going as they planned as they are sitting at the eleventh spot in the Western Conference with a 13-13 record.  Last year, they made the Playoffs but fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Semifinals, 1-4.  Since then, they have been without DeMarcus Cousins, who averaged twenty-five points a game in the two seasons he spent with them.

The Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a total of 60 times in the past as the Pelicans defeated the Grizzlies 32 times while the Pelicans captured 28 wins.  This meeting between the two teams tonight will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other during this season.  Last season, the regular-season series between these teams were tied at two apiece.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Dillon Brooks (knee; 6.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.9 FG%, 36.8 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Chandler Parsons (knee; 5.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.2 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Wayne Selden (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 86.7 FT%)
-D.J. Stephens (coach’s decision)
-Jevon Carter (G-League)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League; 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 61.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Nikola Mirotic (illness; 18.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 46.5 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 83.8 FT%)
-Elfrid Payton (finger; 9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Ian Clark (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.0 FG%, 31.1 3P%, 90.0 FT%)
-Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 31.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Wesley Johnson (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 FT%)
-Trevon Bluiett (G-League)
-Frank Jackson (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 29.6 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Kenrich Williams (0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams made it very clear that this will not be a game that one would run away with as the Grizzlies closed the first quarter out with a 31-30 lead.  The New Orleans Pelicans  ended up shooting 55 percent from the field in the first half while the Memphis Grizzlies completed 49 percent of their shots.  Marc Gasol chalked up 12 points in the first half, earning four of those points from the free-throw line.  This would mark Joakim Noah’s second game in a Grizzlies uniform as he scored four points in his season debut against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Noah looked a little better this time around as he put up nine points on 80 percent shooting.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists as he came off the bench.  Mike Conley, who is averaging a career-high 21 points this season, struggled from the field as he made only 2 of his 6 shots, finishing the game with nine points.  Former Philadelphia 76ers guard Shelvin Mack played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless, only attempting 3 shots.

As for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis tallied 6 points in the first quarter and 13 points in the second quarter.  He shot 73 percent from the field while pulling down six rebounds, committed one steal, and preventing three shots from going in.  Julius Randle, who averaged 19 points for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, scored 13 points while Jrue Holiday chipped in 12 points.  E’Twaun Moore played 11 eleven minutes off the bench but only had two points to show for it as the home team walked into the locker room with a tight 60-58 lead over the Memphis team.

The Grizzlies would take it upon themselves to close things out as they sparked up a 49 to 43 run, limiting the Louisiana team to just 36 percent shooting.  JaMychal Green scored 13 points off the bench while New York-native Kyle Anderson had 12 points.  Both Green and Anderson had a three-pointer in the third quarter while shooting 71 percent from the field each.  Marc Gasol and Mike Conley would be limited to just three points each but Conley would take his from the charity stripe while Gasol had a trey.

Randle tried his best to keep the Pelicans involved with 13 points, along with 9 rebounds and 2 steals.  But it wouldn’t help that he had two turnovers.  Davis, who has averaged a double-double in all but one of his seasons (his first season), was kept to just six points on 20 percent shooting.  But he did have 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block in the final 17 minutes that he played.  Holiday helped out with 8 points but it was Memphis Grizzlies who pulled away with a 107-103 win.  JaMychal Green finished with a season-high 24 points, along with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a season-high three 3-pointers.  Julius Randle had 26 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host LeBron James (28.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 6.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-9) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of three times that these two teams will fight each other this season.  They tied the regular-season series up two apiece last season.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Michigan to take on Blake Griffin (24.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 5.0 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (13-9) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these squads will see each other this season.  The Pelicans were able to sweep the Pistons last season in their regular-season series, 2-0.

The Philadelphia 76ers top the New Orleans Pelicans, 121-120

The Philadelphia 76ers top the New Orleans Pelicans, 121-120

Both the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans are on track to capture their fourth straight victory at the Wells Fargo Center so this game will hold some type of meaning to them.  The 76ers are coming fresh off of a 119-114 win over the struggling Phoenix Suns while the Pelicans handed the San Antonio Spurs a 140 to 126 loss.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler had no problem fitting right into the system ran by the 76ers as he averaged 18.3 PPG in his first four games with the team.

This meeting between the 76ers and the Pelicans will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have clashed a grand total of 41 times in the past as the 76ers grabbed 21 wins.  The New Orleans Pelicans ended up winning 20 of those games.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 55.6 FG%, 77.8 FT%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 29.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 33.3 FT%)
Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 27.6 FG%, 21.4 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
Elfrid Payton (finger; 9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
Trevon Bluiett (G-League)
Kenrich Williams (1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Philadelphia 76ers:

Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision)
Shake Milton (coach’s decision)
Justin Patton (foot)
Zhaire Smith (foot)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 8.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 56.8 FT%)
Jonah Bolden (leg; 1.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.4 FG%, 14.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The 76ers would somewhat have control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-four percent from the field in the first half while the Pelicans shot forty percent.  Joel Embiid dropped eighteen points while grabbing nine boards, dishing out two assists, and blocking one shot.  Three of his points would come from beyond the arc in the first quarter.  Ben Simmons helped out with seventeen points, four defensive rebounds, one assist, and two blocks while Butler had nine points.  Pennsylvania-native T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

On the other end of the court, Jrue Holiday chalked up thirteen points on forty-six percent shooting from the field.  He also had six assists and two steals while knocking down a three-pointer early in the second period.  Former Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic saw to it that he got ten points, which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Julius Randle played fifteen minutes off of the bench as he dropped thirteen points but it was the home team who went into the locker room with a 67 to 57 advantage.

The Pelicans would respond as they went on a 63 to 54 run in the second half, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-seven percent.  During that run, E’Twaun Moore got hot for twenty-four points on fifty-six percent shooting.  He was able to drill three three-pointers while Holiday collected seventeen more points.  Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis would continue to have a quiet night as he was held to just six points.  He finished the game with twelve points.  Randle played thirteen minutes off the bench in the second half as he had nine points which included two three-pointers in the third period.

As for the Philadelphia club, Embiid chalked up thirteen more points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had ten more rebounds while hitting a shot beyond the arc late in the fourth quarter.  Former New York Knicks player Wilson Chandler helped out with nine points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Landry Shamet played the most minutes off the bench as he hit two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself nine points.

With 2.5 seconds left on the clock and the 76ers up, 121-118, Joel Embiid would commit a shooting foul on Anthony Davis, who ended up missing the three-pointer.  Anthony Davis would go to the charity stripe to shoot three free-throws.  He made the first two free-throws to bring the Pelicans within one but ended up missing the last one as the Philadelphia 76ers survived the game, 121-120.  Joel Embiid finished the game with thirty-one points, nineteen rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Jrue Holiday settled for a season-high thirty points, along with four rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and one block.  E’Twaun Moore also had thirty points, as well as two rebounds and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Jordan Clarkson (15.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 45.7 FG%, 31.4 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-14) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of three times that these two ball clubs will meet with each other this season.  The New Orleans Pelicans will over to the Madison Square Garden as they take on Tim Hardaway (24.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.9 3P%) and the New York Knicks (5-14) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the last time that these two teams will play each other this season.  They met up November 16 when the Pelicans pulled away with a 129-124 victory.  During that game, Anthony Davis recorded forty-three points, seventeen rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block while Tim Hardaway had thirty points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The Golden State Warriors looked to take a commanding 3-0 series lead last night as they battled the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.  The first game was held on April 28 when the Warriors handed the Pelicans a 123-101 blowout loss.  During that game, Klay Thompson scored twenty-seven points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out two assists, and blocked two shots while Anthony Davis finished with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.  The defending champions would also win the second game by creeping away with a 121 to 116 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with twenty-nine points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks while Anthony Davis had twenty-five points, fifteen rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Damian Jones (1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

Jordan Crawford (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 44.4 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive at the beginning as the New Orleans Pelicans shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Golden State Warriors ending up shooting forty-four percent.  Both Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday scored fourteen points each while Mirotic connected for three three-pointers.  He also had seven defensive rebounds while Holiday had two three-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.  MVP-candidate Anthony Davis contributed with eleven points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also recorded seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Rajon Rondo had ten assists.  Solomon Hill played the most minutes off the bench as he earned nine points from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, Klay Thompson got hot for twenty points, which he scored all in the second quarter.  He collected nine of those points from behind the three-point line while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant helped out with thirteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry saw to it that he got nine points which included two three-pointers while Draymond Green had eight points, eight rebounds, and four assists.  He also had two three-pointers as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Andre Iguodala played sixteen minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into halftime with a 62 to 56 lead.

The Pelicans went on to close things out in the second half as they sparked up a 57 to 44 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  During that run, Davis got extremely hot for twenty-two points as he shot a high seventy-seven percent from the field.  He also had eleven rebounds and two steals while Ian Clark had fourteen points off the bench.  Rondo was able to dish off eleven more assists while Mirotic had six rebounds and six assists.  Curry chalked up ten points for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Golden State Warriors, 119-100.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty-three points, a playoff career-high eighteen rebounds, three assists, and a playoff career-high four steals.  Rajon Rondo also finished with a playoff career-high twenty-one assists.  Klay Thompson settled for twenty-six points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

Tonight will mark the first game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors in their playoff series.  The Pelicans recently swept the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-0, to get to the Western Conference Semifinals while the Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 4-1.   This will be the first time since 2008 that the New Orleans Pelicans will get play in the Semifinals as they were defeated by the Spurs, 3-4, last time.  The Warriors and the Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of four times in the regular season as that series ended 3-1 in the Warriors’ favor.  Each team would look to take a 1-0 lead in this playoff series as they play each other at the Oracle Arena.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 37.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)

Golden State Warriors:

Chris Boucher (ankle; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Zaza Pachulia (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 56.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Stephen Curry (knee; 26.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG, 49.5 FG%, 42.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have full control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-three percent from the field in the first half, limiting the New Orleans Pelicans to forty-six percent.  In the midst of that, Kevin Durant would score eighteen points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He collected seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks to go along with that while Klay Thompson also had eighteen points.  Thompson had three three-pointers in the second quarter while grabbing four defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Draymond Green contributed with twelve points and ten rebounds while Nick Young drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Wisconsin-native Kevon Looney played fourteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the New Orleans team, Anthony Davis earned himself twelve points on forty-six percent shooting.  He also had five rebounds, one steal, and one block while E’Twaun Moore scored nine points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Jrue Holiday also had nine points but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Rajon Rondo saw to it that he got eight points, along with six defensive rebounds, nine assists, and one block.  Former Warriors’ shooting guard Ian Clark played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored two points as the home team went into the locker room with a commanding 76 to 55 lead.

The New Orleans Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback as they limit the Warriors to a 47-46 run, shooting forty-two percent from the field.  Thompson would start to cool off as he scored only nine points which contained a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  Durant would help out with eight points while knocking down two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds while Young drilled another three-pointer near the end of the fourth quarter.  Jordan Crawford chalked up fourteen points off of the Pelicans’ bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Louisiana team, 123-101, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Klay Thompson finished the game with twenty-seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Anthony Davis settled for twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals (tying his playoff career-high) and two blocks.

The New Orleans Pelicans manage to slip away with a 121-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs

The New Orleans Pelicans manage to slip away with a 121-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs

It’s been a little over a month since DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles injury in a game against the Houston Rockets, leaving the Pelicans in a state of wonder.  But honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell as they are currently on a six-game winning streak, hoping to grab a seventh straight victory against the San Antonio Spurs in Texas.  The Spurs, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 110-94 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pelicans and the Spurs have battled each other a grand total of 64 times as the Spurs won 46 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 18 victories.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 22 when the New Orleans team walked away with a 107 to 90 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and came away with one steal while Rudy Gay finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)
Frank Jackson (foot)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.0 FG%, 35.6 3P%)
Charles Cooke (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.1 RPG, 0.1 APG, 20.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

Pau Gasol (knee; 10.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 46.4 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadricep; 16.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 46.8 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Brandon Paul (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Derrick White (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Darrun Hilliard (G-League; 1.1 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 26.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The San Antonio Spurs would have control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-two percent from the field while the New Orleans Pelicans ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Manu Ginobili, who is in conversation for this season’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, scored 13 points off of the bench, which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Dejounte Murray helped out with 11 points, as well as 5 rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Patty Mills had nine points and two assists while LaMarcus Aldridge earned himself 8 points and 3 rebounds.  Danny Green played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Jrue Holiday chalked up 13 points with one three-pointer near the end of the first quarter.  Anthony Davis did what he usually does and dropped 10 points while grabbing eight rebounds and coming up with one steal.  Rajon Rondo contributed with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists while Nikola Mirotic had eight points off of the bench.  The 2004-2005 Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor was kept scoreless while E’Twaun Moore had two points.  Darius Miller played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just a three-pointer while the Spurs went into halftime with a 60-51 lead.

The visiting team, however, would bounce back in the second half as they sparked up a 70 to 56 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Davis added to his scoring total by putting up 16 more points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Moore would make up for his first half performance by earning himself 15 points on sixty-four percent shooting.  Holiday helped out with 12 points, which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  As for the Spurs, Rudy Gay got hot for 17 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Pelicans hold on to capture a 121-116 victory.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Rudy Gay settled for 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will stay in Texas as they battle Harrison Barnes (18.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (19-42) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The Pelicans and the Mavericks have clashed with each other a total of 62 times in the past as the Pelicans won 21 games while the Mavericks went on to pull out 41 wins.  December 29 was the last time that met up as the Texas team snuck away with a 128 to 120 win.  Dennis Smith finished that game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal while Anthony Davis had 33 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

The San Antonio Spurs will also stay in Texas as they host Brandon Ingram (16.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 47 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (26-34) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of three times that the Spurs and Lakers will battle each other this season.  They have fought each other a grand total of 221 times as the Lakers won 113 games while the Spurs were limited to 108 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on January 11 when the Lakers handed the Spurs a 93 to 81 loss.  During that game, Brandon Ingram had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

Golden State Warriors would beat the New Orleans Pelicans in Durant’s return

Golden State Warriors would beat the New Orleans Pelicans in Durant’s return

Last night marked the first game that former Thunder star Kevin Durant will play in since his return from a knee injury he suffered against the Washington Wizards in February, which costed him to miss the next nineteen games.  The 33-47 New Orleans Pelicans traveled to California to take on the 66-14 Golden State Warriors for the fourth and final time this season.  The Warriors have already beat this team in every matchup this season and they are looking to finish the series with a 4-0 record.  The first game was played on October 28 in Louisiana, as the Warriors pulled away with a 122-114 victory.  In that game, Kevin Durant went for thirty points, seventeen rebounds and eight assists.  Anthony Davis would score forty-five points, seventeen rebounds and three assists.  The second time these two teams met up was on November 7 in Oakland as the home team would win 116 to 106.  Stephen Curry would collect forty-six points, five rebounds and five assists.  Anthony Davis would earn thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and one assist.  The last time these two ball clubs met up was on December 13 in New Orleans as the visiting team would sneak away with a 113-109 win.  Stephen Curry would post thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Anthony Davis would post twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  With the Pelicans looking in the Playoffs from the outside, they try to make most of the remainder of their season by winning this game.

In the first quarter, Kevin Durant would only score four points but Andre Iguodala would come the bench to help out by chalking up six points.  Klay Thompson will only shoot 20% from beyond the arc, knocking down one 3-pointer.  The home team would enter the second period with a 23 to 17 lead.  In the second quarter, Thompson would heat up as he scores seven points, most coming from the free throw line though.  Draymond Green would also put up six points, including two 3-pointers.  Kevin Durant would only be limited to one field goal that quarter, collecting two points.  On the other end, Alexis Ajinca would help his team out by scoring seven points, along with Quinn Cook’s eight points, but it would be the Warriors who enter the halftime with a 54-46 lead.  The third quarter would belong to the California team as Klay Thompson would light up the floor with ten points, including two 3-pointers.  The first round pick in the 2008 Draft JaVale McGee would come off the bench to earn eight points of his own.  New Orleans had help from former Timberwolves Dante Cunningham as he puts up six points but the Golden State Warriors would end the quarter on a 39 to 22 run.  Even though Quinn Cook would score eleven points in the fourth quarter, the Warriors would seal the deal as Ian Clark would score eight points along with Iguodala’s seven points.  The Warriors would win the game 123-101 as they win the regular season series, 4-0.  Klay Thompson would finish with twenty points, three rebounds and two assists.  Quinn Cook would end with twenty-two points, one rebound and three assists.  Durant would score sixteen points, grab ten rebounds and dish off six assists in his return to the basketball court.  Stephen Curry did not play due to a left knee contusion.