Golden State Warriors are human, fall to New Orleans Pelicans
May 05 2018 by Dustin Murphy
"That was a special moment when Steph checked into the game", Warriors coach Steve Kerrsaid.
With this win, this second round series between the Dubs and the Pels s goes from a dominant 2-0 lead for the Warriors to a 2-1 split.
The Pelicans certainly played like their season depended on it. It remains to be seen if the Warriors will be worn down a bit playing at the pace of New Orleans in the first two games of the series.
Hill's trio of 3-balls were the most he's made in a game this season, besting two triples on March 27 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 29 points in the victory.
The Warriors weren't able to keep up their comeback, however, as the Pelicans took control right from the beginning of the third quarter. Golden State is going to come looking to draw more blood and take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Klay Thompson exploded for 20 points in the second quarter, but outside of that stretch, he was limited to six points. The Pelicans would hold the lead heading to the half 62-56.
Green and Pelicans point guard Rondo have clashed during the three meetings so far, including an apparent attempt by the latter to trip Green during game three on Friday. Allowing 31 first quarter points for the second time this series, the Warriors gave up five three pointers in the first quarter alone including three straight by Solon Thomas.
Losing Game 3 would have nearly guaranteed a series loss. Their defense was great (although the Warriors missed some shots they normally make) and their offensive execution was fantastic (although they made some shots they normally miss). Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.
In this Game 3, New Orleans led by 25 in the third quarter after Davis' free throws made it 90-65.
Another note from the game not to be overlooked, is that Playoff Rondo finished with 21 assists, while the entire Warriors team had just 22.
The lead grew to 15 twice before Thompson heated up.
Warriors: Green, who was soundly booed by Pelicans fans, had 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
"That was the message: We can't lose this game", said Anthony Davis, who finished with a game-high 33 points and 18 rebounds. He also added 4 steals to his impressive stat line. The former Bulls forward scored 16 and added 13 rebounds.
"I think it was more of a team effort", Clark said. Golden State is converting 10.1 three pointers a game despite shooting only 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans shot 50% from the field for the game, while the Warriors shot just 38%. New Orleans also had open space on the perimeter, going 14-of-30 from 3-point range.