Anthony Davis' 47 points, Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers out of playoffs

Red-hot Pelicans rout Portland in game 3

The offence will have a tougher time getting off shots without him because the Pelicans are very good defensively with Rondo and Holiday in the backcourt and Davis is a very good rim protector. New Orleans is now up 3-0. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of an All-Star determined lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with dominant performance in the clutch.

The 88 points allows them to join John Havlicek and Jo Jo White in the 1973 postseason and it beat Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen's best total together by one point.

“I just think that hes just been locked in, hes done a good job and our guys really have a lot of confidence in him.

"It was fun", Davis said. "I think Anthony said it best, they were sleeping on us and it seemed everybody counted us out, but to be here in this moment feels pretty good".

With Stephen Curry set to return in the second round, I'm not too anxious about the Pelicans' backcourt rotation.

The 25-year-old Davis is now in his sixth season in New Orleans.

Almost four months ago, this team appeared to suffer a knockout blow, losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins for the season. "I didn't come here to win a first or second round series". Holiday scored six points during the final 2:52, starting with his 3-pointer.

The City of New Orleans loves them for it.

"We enjoyed every minute of it", said one fan. His three-point play cut the margin in half and his next two field goals got Miami within one each time. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 18 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds. "And we didn't dish it back out", Lillard said.

A sluggish start was met by winning nine of 10 games at the onset of 2018. "And then we come in here against a team that probably played their best stretch of basketball when they had to".

This was not the way it was supposed to end for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Stein noted that if Stotts hits the market, the Orlando Magic will be interested. He's the most reliable fantasy player the Blazers have at this point, with McCollum a close second. Became the first No. 3 seed to lose in the first round since Denver lost to Golden State in the 2013 playoffs.

They ran Portland off the court. Golden State has a bevy of large bodies to throw at Davis, including JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Kevon Looney and David West - a revolving door of physical defenders that will take its toll on Davis as the series goes on.

Lillard said a defensive coverage plan that is different "than I've seen at any other point in my career" has also been the source of frustration. Moore finished with 14 points.

"One of the things people talked about when we sat in this room a year ago, was everyone complained about our defence".

But the Blazers declined to fall apart, racing out on a 17-4 run to open the fourth, cutting the lead down to 121-119 in the final three minutes. The Blazers aren't coming back from a 3-0 hole, and they don't even look capable of making it competitive.

Anthony Davis averaged 33.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.8 steals in the Blazers' series, and he's been Mr.

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