It wasn’t as relaxing of a trip to the Pacific as many had hoped but the Pelicans secured a comfortable win in Phoenix last night behind the stellar play of Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic.
Davis was playing to earn some rest in the second half, scoring 14 points in the second quarter, and 27 in the first half alone. Mirotic was at his side every step of the way, with his most efficient game from three point range yet, shooting 5/11, and collecting 31 points to go along with a career-high 16 rebounds. His two point shooting still leaves much to be desired, however, 6/15 on the night.
Jrue Holiday put in 22 and 10, and Jordan Crawford made his appearance in grand fashion, sinking 4/7 three pointers for 13 points in just eight minutes.
But the Pelicans refused to run off with this one until the final five minutes. A 9-0 run in the second, 16-8 advantage early in the third, as well as electrifying dunks from Rookie Josh Jackson and back to back threes from Dragan Bender kept this one much tighter than it needed to be.
The Pelicans will need to dial in their focus if they truly wish to upset the Golden State Warriors tonight. The Warriors, after all, have defeated the Pelicans on 10 straight occasions and in 20 of the last 21 matchups, and if you include the 2014-15 playoff appearance, that’s 14 straight losses!!
The one possible advantage this time around: motivation. The Warriors have little reason to play, sitting comfortably in the second seed in the Western Conference with three games to play. But we can’t make things too easy on our Pels, so the Dubs managed to put up an “embarrassing” performance against the Pacers on Thursday night, according to Head Coach Steve Kerr.
“I know that this game doesn’t mean anything in the seeding, (but) the playoffs start next week,” Kerr continued.
Kevin Durant will lead the charge after poor shooting performances against the Pacers (8/23), and Thunder (2/13 in second half).
On today’s episode, @OlehKosel recaps the big win, @originalGBX of @unstoppablebaby previews the Dubs-Pels match, and we beg you unapologetically to give us a rating on Itunes!
Let’s geaux Pels!