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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.

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The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the San Antonio Spurs, preventing the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in series

The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the San Antonio Spurs, preventing the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in series

After a Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies head coach, David Fizdale, went on a rant during the press conference about the poor officiating that took place during the game.  He was later fined $30,000 by the NBA for his comments.  The Grizzlies looked to prevent the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in the series last night.  Game 1 was a blowout victory for the Spurs as they won, 111-82.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-two points, three rebounds and five assists.  Marc Gasol finished with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  In the second game, Spurs would defeat the Grizzlies, as well, with a 96 to 82 win.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Spurs looked to take a 3-0 lead in the series last night in Memphis.

Each team would start off hot as they each score 21 points in the first quarter.  Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge would drop six points each, as Patty Mills comes off the bench to knock down two 3-pointers to earn himself six points, as well.  As for the other team, James Ennis, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley would each drop five points.  Gasol and Conley would earn three of theirs from beyond the arc, though.  The Grizzlies would go on a 29 to 25 run in the second period as former Trail Blazers, Zach Randolph, lights the floor up with eleven points, containing one 3-pointer.  Marc Gasol would shoot 60% from the field, earning himself six points, while JaMychal Green comes off the bench to collect four points.  Kawhi Leonard would try to keep his team in it as he would chalk up ten points, which held two 3-pointers.  He would shoot 60% from the field as Danny Green and bench player, Kyle Anderson, would each earn themselves four points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 50-46 lead.  Memphis would spark a huge 31 to 17 run in the third as Randolph, Gasol and Conley would each drop eight points.  Gasol and Conley would, once again, earn three of their points from behind the three-point line.  Zach Randolph would also add three rebounds to his stat sheet.  LaMarcus Aldridge would collect eight points to help his Texas team out as Pau Gasol, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson would come off the bench to each score three points.  But it was the Grizzlies who would go into the last quarter with a huge 81-63 advantage.  The Spurs would attempt to climb back as Jonathon Simmons comes off the bench to drop ten points, which would include two 3-pointers but, with the help of Conley’s nine points in the quarter, the Grizzlies would close it out with a 105-94 win, making the series 2-1.  Mike Conley would finish with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.