Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday combine for 88 points, tying playoff record

So perhaps they were so sure they couldn't be swept by the Pelicans that they just figured, one way or another, that they'd extend the series to a Game 5 in Portland? To add the two time defensive player of the year with two young athletic scorers in Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers would be much more of a threat in the West.

Davis and Holiday scored 28 of the Pelicans' final 29 points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans completed the sweep with a 131-123 victory.

"You put the ball in these two guys' hands and they delivered for us", Rondo said.

In their last nine games, the Pelicans have outscored their opponents by a whopping 153 points in the 172 minutes Davis, Mirotic, Holiday and Rondo have played together. The excitement level was high around New Orleans, but expectations around the country were tepid.

"I think they've played for each other", Gentry said.

The postseason couldn't be going any better for The Pels. "This is just one check mark of the bigger goal that we have in mind". During the playoffs, Rondo has emerged as the club's third star, piling up 53 assists in four games. "We let people know we are for real". I'm not the guy making decisions. But his inside game was working just fine, too.

"Sweep, baby, Sweep!" and "Break out the brooms!" could be heard across the Smoothie King Center after the game.

Portland needs more help in the frontcourt and depth overall, but with Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard all under large contracts through 2019-20, there won't be many options in free agency.

The Warriors have clearly flipped the proverbial switch, and are playing their best basketball of the season - yet their biggest trump card has yet to be played. He raised some eyebrows in a post-game press conference when he said he rated the performance by Davis and Holiday in the top "four or five" that he's seen in his time.

Sharp-shooting forward Nikola Mirotic, a Montenegro native acquired by the Pelicans in a mid-season trade, said Davis already has enhanced New Orleans' worldwide profile because of the NBA's global appeal. "And I thought tonight, we showed a lot of fight".

"I mean, I don't agree with it". In our six years previous to this year, he had only been to the playoffs once. But they still have pride to play for.

For his part Davis said he was trying to build a legacy in New Orleans, and he said he would so glad to see the crowd into it.

Aminu is probably the lone Blazer who has given a good account of himself from a fantasy perspective in this series. I wish his success hadn't come against us, but at the end of the day, as a competitor, you can't be a poor sport. "You work so hard to give yourself the opportunity to play in the playoffs and it's disappointing to lose it", Lillard said. His Playoff record is not better at 11-27.

General Manager Neil Olshey said, "I think Zach did really well for us".

  • Steve Townsend