The Pelicans saw their 19-point lead shrink to one point with under a minute left, and after Anthony Davis made two free throws, the lead went back up to three. Through three quarters Sunday, it looked as if those stats should have been flipped as the Pelicans held the Trail Blazers to just 63 points and 36.6% shooting before the last period. This included 20 points in the final quarter of a close game.
Davis and Mirotic scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, and each finished with 15 rebounds for the Pelicans (48-34).
Outstanding as Davis, Lillard, and McCollum might be, none wants to turn the corner to find multiple defenders and a crowded lane waiting for them.
"In transition, with Rondo leading us, and A.D. running the floor, and we got E'Twaun on the wing and Niko shooting 3s - I feel like we've got a pretty good chance", Holiday said.
It was like deja vu in more than one way for New Orleans because it was Holiday stepping up on the defensive end once again in clutch moments when things got tight in the fourth. And without Davis, Cousins scored 38 points in the Pelicans' win on December 27.
Since basketball is a game of runs - and since the law of averages plays such a huge role - it's sometimes - not always, but sometimes - hard to specify which individual performances or statistical categories were most relevant to a particular win or loss. "To be able to get a win on the road is a great feeling". New Orleans is 6-0 ATS in its last six Wednesday games.
The Silver & Black (47-35) dropped to the No. 7 seed and will play No. 2 seed Golden State, the defending league champion, in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The chemistry between Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo keeps blossoming to spectacular effect, infusing the New Orleans Pelicans with confidence as they head into the playoffs on a five-game winning streak. Game 2 is Tuesday night, and odds will be released soon by BetSDI Sportsbook.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who averages 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, had just 11 points and five rebounds for the Spurs (47-35) ), who will enter the playoffs as the seventh seed and play second-seeded and defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State. Tip-off is set for 9:30.