Pelicans Sweep Blazers, Sixers Go Up 3-1

Lynette Rowe
April 23, 2018

Now that five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has his first taste of a playoff triumph, he sounds eager to see what's next.

For the Blazers, a strong season that featured a stellar second half and a third seed in the Western Conference playoffs ends in disappointment.

The New Orleans Pelicans are headed to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in over a decade after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers. "Now we've got to get ready for the second round".

The Pelicans appear destined to play second-seeded Golden State in Round 2.

"They whooped our (rear) and beat us in every facet of the game", McCollum said, according to the Oregonian.

New Orleans will now enjoy a couple of days of rest before a likely meeting with the Golden State Warriors, who can secure a second-round berth with a win over the San Antonio Spurs tonight.

The New Orleans Pelicans fans were loud and vocal today.

Joel Embiid had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots and Dario Saric added 11 points as the Sixers took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 18 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. What's next for New Orleans has become an infinitely more interesting question.

Lillard, who never scored more than 20 in a game and was held below that three times, said he would have loved to shoot more, but the Pelicans' commitment to defend him early in possessions with multiple players made it hard. "Their stars put on a show". He led the Trail Blazers in scoring in all four games.

"Like I said (in September), I came here to win a championship", Rondo recalled at Saturday's postgame press conference.

It was the best offensive performance of the series for Portland, which shot.526 from the field and scored 67 points in the second half. They've found the winning formula between the incredible one-on-one ability of Davis and Holiday, the pace-pushing, distributing talents of Rajon Rondo, and a spread-the-floor shooting attack led by Nikola Mirotic. "We believe in each other", Rondo continued.

"Everything we went through this season, from big injuries to trades and all that. they were sleeping on us", Holiday said. CJ finished off numerous transition baskets while Chief took advantage of open looks from three to bring Portland back from the double-digit deficit.

New Orleans native Mannie Fresh performed at halftime to a raucous reception, but the party Thursday had already started for the Pelicans, who built a huge first-half lead and ran roughshod over the Portland Trail Blazers, taking total command of this first-round series.

"He's had it hard. I think it's still a little early right now to say what direction we're going to go and what needs to be done moving forward, but one thing is that Neil is really good". "You have to give credit where it's due". Anthony Davis has also been playing well since the injury to DaMarcus Cousins, some even suggest that the offense is better with Cousins out of the lineup. But one can bet they won't be all that happy to have to play against him.

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