Pelicans hold off Blazers 97-95 in Game 1

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Shooting ice cold in the first few minutes of the game, New Orleans continued to push the pace, found their offensive rhythm, running past Portland with big offensive games from Davis (35 points), Nikola Mirotić (16 points) and Jrue Holiday (21 points).

The New Orleans Pelicans were able to pull out a tough, hard-fought win vs. the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the Western Conference Playoffs.

That was one of Holiday's two blocks in the game that is complemented by 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. "He's making sure we're making the effort to get back into the offense and get some assists for him". As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 37 percent from the field and 12 of 39 from the three-point line but they just left their run a little too late after allowing the Pelicans' pick and roll to carve them up for three quarters. Was it Terry Stotts and the coaching staff's fault for not preparing their team and providing a better game plan, or was it the players who were at fault for not being ready to protect their home court? As for New Orleans, they go where Anthony Davis goes, but Anthony Davis can go pretty far on his own.

The Pelicans halted Portland's furious fourth-quarter comeback to take a 1-0 lead in the First Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs with a 97-95 win in front of 19,882 (sellout) at Moda Center.

"He was up all night watching film", said Davis of Rondo.

"We wanted to do this for the fans", Davis said. "We would have liked to have a 50-win season but you can't complain about a division championship or 49 wins", Lillard said. New Orleans led by five points until McCollum drained a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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The New Orleans Pelicans (47-34) are in the playoff and the they are looking for a better seeding. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.

In Portland's 103-93 home victory against New Orleans on October 24, the Blazers shot 34.5 percent from three to the Pelicans' 30 percent.

Mirotic had two baskets and Rondo one to give New Orleans an 85-65 lead.

The All-Star's only previous appearance in the postseason was in 2015 when the Pelicans were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

"They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had". "We are not playing with any caution or anything like that".

The wild, wild west is giving writers around the country headaches as they try to make sense of incredibly competitive NBA Playoff matchups.