Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Pelicans dissect the Warriors in Game 3 blowout: 3 takeaways

Pelicans dissect the Warriors in Game 3 blowout: 3 takeaways

Get your free 2-week Foxtel Now trial & start watching in minutes. Jrue Holiday put up 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Rajon Rondo had 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists plus five steals.

As always, be on the lookout tomorrow morning for my analysis of this Game 3 loss.

Despite all the talk, however, the Pelicans didn't shoot a single free throw in the first quarter, yet finished the frame up nine, even while Davis scored only 3 points.

Davis was dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, and the Pelicans outscored the Warriors 54-36 in the paint.

As he did in the series-clinching Games 3 and 4 at home against the Blazers, Mirotic needed New Orleans' rally-towel-waving, confidence-boosting fans to back him up.

It was every Raptor nightmare about this series come to life - Toronto's inability to beat LeBron James, the inability of their stars to close games after they had a lead, the inability of the Raptors to win the first game of a series, it all came true in the end Tuesday night, in just about the ugliest way possible.

Although Durant may be leading in scoring for the postseason, Curry still holds the highest numbers on the team in 3-point field goals made per game. The game became so lopsided that Warriors coach Steve Kerr emptied the bench his team trailed, 114-89, with 4:59 left. Stephen Curry returned to the starting lineup with 19 points, although he only made six of his 19 attempts from the floor.

Green almost finished with a triple double in the loss-posting 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists-but he committed seven turnovers and was a minus-25 in 36 minutes.

But Davis has truly taken the next step this season and he looks like a freak of nature out on the court.

"Our mindset is to go out there and play, do what we're supposed to do, follow the game plan and whatever results happen, happen", Davis said.

Royce O' Neale scored 17 points. He ended the Portland series with a 47-point, 10-rebound performance in front of the Pelicans' home crowd.

Utah never got on track on offense. Green guarded Rondo while both teams walked to their respective benches and the two eventually began lightly shoving each other.

However, he was, without a doubt, the best player on the floor Friday as he finished with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 4 steals while being shadowed by one of the best defenders in the league in Draymond Green. They can not think to themselves "how are we going to win this series", they must think "how are we going to win this game?" The Rockets picked apart Utah's defense practically from the opening tip. "They made shots tonight".

Thompson's layup and two 3s in quick succession pulled the Warriors to 62-56 at halftime, but the Pelicans opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way. The home side was able to earn themselves a 121-116 victory over New Orleans, pulling away in the final quarter when things got tight.

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