The Warriors win 109-98. Curry scores 39 points, Thompson scores 25 points and Green scores a double-double (22 points and ten rebounds). Davis scores a double-double (36 points and 11 rebounds), Gordon scores 29 points and Anderson scores 10 points for the Pelicans. Golden States win West First Round Series 4-0.
Davis on Curry:
I knew he was crafty, I mean, a great shooter. There’s nothing you can do. You try to pressure him and run him off the (3-point) line and he’ll hit incredible shots in the lane. You back off so he won’t drive, he’s going to hit a 3. So you’ve got to pick your poison and he’s a tough player to guard. That’s why he’s (a candidate) for MVP.
Curry on Golden State sweeps series:
I’m proud of the way we played, the way we competed. Four in a row is a good feeling. We’re going to rest up.
Coach Williams on Curry:
What we’ve been through playing against Steph sometimes, it’s not fair. Steph is like, he’s on a different level – some of the shots he makes, his command of the ball, his ability to finish. The moment doesn’t bother him.
The Warriors win 123-119. Curry scores 40 points, Thompson scores 28 points Green scores a double-double (12 points and 17 rebounds). Davis scores a double-double (29 points and 15 rebounds), Evans scores 19 points and Barnes scores 11 points for the Pelicans. Golden State leads West First Round Series 3-0.
Curry on Game 3 performance:
You know how big of a deal it is to come back from a deficit like that in the playoffs on the road, in a game we knew was very important for us to really take control of this series. So I think we should celebrate the accomplishment.
We haven’t been in that position a lot this year, but mental toughness and resilience is probably (among) our best traits. It was an amazing way to finish the game.
Davis on Pelicans loss:
Against a team like this, you can’t relax. “You’ve got to keep being aggressive and we missed shots. … We’ve got to do a better job executing and following our game plan, especially late in the game.
The Warriors win 106-99. Curry scores 34 points, Thompson scores 21 points, Green scores a double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds). For the Pelicans, Davis scores 35 points, Pondexter scores 20 points and Gordon 16 points. Warriors leads West First Round Series 1-0. Curry:
I was locked in and focused the whole night. In those situations, you want to get the crowd back into it. There’s a weird kind of tension, especially in the second half when they made a couple runs. But in the playoffs, you have to expect anything. And whenever you’re on the floor, just try to make an impact.
It’s good for us to have to deal with the feeling in the building, especially as a favorite, when a team starts to come back. You have to feel that. That’s all part of it.
I think the whole team was nervous. This is our first time as a unit in the playoffs, and our pace was good. We were moving fast, but our minds were moving fast as well.
The Pelicans win 103-100. Davis scores 29 points, Pondexter scores 20 points. Curry scores 29 points, Green scores 24 points for the Warriors. Davis:
We look at ourselves as an elite team. We feel like we can play with anybody and we can beat anybody on any given night. We just got to go out there and play that way.
I thought I drew the foul on the pump fake because he kind of came to me and I got contact. The ball dropped and there was obviously no whistle. I got it right back and I had pretty clean look after that that I thought was going in.
We had a heck of a game down the stretch. Everyone’s hungry. We’re young guys, but we’re learning how to win.
The TrailBlazers win 99-90. Aldridge scores a double-double (21points, 12 rebounds), Kaman scores 16 points and 11 rebounds. Gordon scores 21 points and Davis scores 21 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans. Lillard on TrailBlazers 50 game victory:
It’s going in the right direction, A lot of the elite teams are consistently going over 50, and I think it’s great for us to have back-to-back seasons with that.
I’ve never had 50 wins, so it feels good.
They had 18 offensive rebounds so we just kept giving extra possessions to a team that doesn’t need them. They didn’t shoot the ball great tonight but they got so many opportunities.
The Rockets wins 95-93 Pelicans. Harden has 25 points and 10 assists. Howard had seven rebounds and a block on Anthony Davis. Howard:
We came back from a big deficit and the one thing I kept telling the fellas was, we’ve got to stop playing around with the game. We’re on a big mission to win a championship, and we’ve got to wake up and play. I felt pretty good. It seemed like as soon as I got out there it was time to sit back down, so it was kind of an adjustment. I’m just happy to be back out there playing. The main thing for me is just really helping the team on the defensive end. The other stuff will come.
The Pelicans defeat the Knicks and snap their seven-game winning streak. Lin puts up 26 points and 5 assists, but also has 9 turnovers in the loss. Ariza has 25 points and 8 rebounds for the Pelicans. Lin:
Just a lackluster effort on my part coming out and careless with the ball, and so nine turnovers is obviously never going to get it done from your primary ballhandler. It’s on me in terms of taking care of the ball and also the game in general.