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.
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)
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.