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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 Boston Celtics cruise past Rondo-less Chicago Bulls team to win Game 3, making the series 2-1

The Boston Celtics cruise past Rondo-less Chicago Bulls team to win Game 3, making the series 2-1

Tonight marked the third game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  Things have not been looking great for the number one seed Celtics as they suffered losses in both of the first two games.  The first game was a victory for the Bulls as they slip away with a 106 to 102 win.  Jimmy Butler scored thirty points, grabbed nine rebounds and gave out three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Chicago team would win the second matchup as well, 111-97.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would ended up with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Isaiah Thomas earned twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would look to take advantage of the Rondo-less Chicago Bulls as they try to make the series 2-1 in Illinois tonight.

The Boston Celtics would get off on the right foot as they shoot 57% from the field in the first quarter, limiting the home team to 32% from the field.  Former Mavericks player, Jae Crowder, would chalk up ten points which included two 3-pointers.  Avery Bradley would earn eight points, six of those coming from beyond the arc and Al Horford would connect for two 3-pointers, chalking up six points.  On the other end, Dwyane Wade would drop six points, shooting 40% from the field.  Jimmy Butler plays throughout the entire quarter but is only limited to two points as the Celtics enter the second period with a huge 33 to 15 advantage.  Chicago would go on a 26 to 11 run in the second quarter as three-time champion, Dwyane Wade, shoots 60% from the field and collects eight points.  Paul Zipser would come off the bench to hit one 3-pointer and knock down two free throws, which would give him five points for the quarter.  Jimmy Butler would play six minutes, only to be held scoreless.  Former Kings player, Isaiah Thomas, would settle for four points as his team would go to the locker room at halftime with a close 44-41 lead.

Horford would come out of the locker room to chalk up eight points in the third quarter, along with five rebounds and three assists.  Thomas would throw up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Crowder would contribute with four points and three rebounds as Gerald Green would come off the bench to make a 3-pointer.  As for the Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez would each score six points but Butler would collect three of his from beyond the 3-point line.  Former Suns player, Robin Lopez, would crash the boards for four rebounds but it was the Boston team that  would enter the last quarter holding onto a 76-63 lead.  The Celtics would close things out in the fourth as the first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Terry Rozier, comes off the bench to drop eight points, which held two 3-pointer.  Former Pistons player, Jonas Jerebko, would also come off the bench to score six points as the Boston Celtics cruise past the Chicago Bulls to grab a 104 to 87 win, making the series 2-1.  Al Horford finished with eighteen points, eight rebounds and six assists.  Dwyane Wade ended up with eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.