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The Pelicans' Backcourt Is Winning The First Round Of The Playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis sat on the court, a scowl on his face and his biceps flexed on each side of his head. That was also the only other time New Orleans advanced to the second round in its 16 years of existence.

Davis delivered a franchise playoff-record 47 points and Holiday tallied 41 to equal the National Basketball Association record (88) for most points by a pair of teammates in a single playoff game as the host Pelicans eliminated Portland in four straight games.

"Hats off to New Orleans", said Portland head coach Terry Stotts. We can all expect Draymond Green to play heavy minutes against The Brow, but who backs up Dray?

In March he averaged 27.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists. "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". Juvenile halftime shows. I'll be here for it and New Orleans will too, and we'll tell our kids about it too. Although, Davis has been brilliant all series long and might just as easily play Nurkic out of the game.

Lillard also disagrees with the suggestion that the Blazers may be better off breaking up his backcourt pairing with CJ McCollum. "I congratulate him. You've got to give credit where it's due".

Sharp-shooting forward Nikola Mirotic, a Montenegro native acquired by the Pelicans in a mid-season trade, said Davis already has enhanced New Orleans' worldwide profile because of the NBA's global appeal. Jrue Holiday has stepped up his game and he is averaging 23.3 PPG in this series. And their offensive rating in four games against the defensively improved Blazers (114.7) is second only to the Warriors in this year's playoffs.

It didn't work. The severely under-rated Holiday continued dicing up their defense, Mirotic rebounded and hit threes, and Davis capped off his dominant series by scoring 47 in the closeout. "The crowd was in it all night, both games". "But we have to get ready for the second round".

"I think they've played for each other", Gentry said.

"You put the ball in these two guys' hands and they delivered for us", Rondo said.

"They came in with a great defensive game plan, threw something at us that we hadn't seen and it worked out for them", Lillard said.

After acquiring Mirotic in a trade February 1, it took him several weeks to settle into his role and figure out what the team needed from him on both ends of the court.

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

Portland was favored to win this series, but now find itself in a 3-0 deficit. McCollum and the entire Blazers team play so poorly when the games mattered most. The Pelicans' four best guys were the four best players in the series.

Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 25 points off the bench for the Heat, who led by 12 points in the second half before letting a game they nearly certainly had to have slip away.

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