Basketball: Warriors eliminate Pelicans in Game 5

May 10, 2018, 11:12
Basketball: Warriors eliminate Pelicans in Game 5

"I think it's going to be a great series", said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, whose Pelicans fell in five games to the Warriors in the West semifinals. If you in the way of that, then you happen to be in the way.

The unparalleled trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant scored 75 points on 53 percent shooting Tuesday. That ties the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls for the longest such streak in National Basketball Association playoff history.

"I feel pretty good when it comes to getting over the knee injury and building up my endurance to get back to where I was before I got hurt", Curry said. "So we were just trying to get another win". I continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotations... His previous inability to reach the conference finals will no longer be used against him, but if he ends his career without a title, that will be more than enough ammunition for some to downplay his impact.

Game one of this series will take place on Monday, May 14th.

Curry paced the Warriors with 28 points as they won the series four-games-to-one.

The first half was largely dominated by the Rockets, although as they have all series Utah's defensive resiliency helped them go on runs to sustain their chance of avoiding elimination.

"For us it was just. they were in the way", Paul said. Likewise, the Rockets are the most analytically driven team in the league - they emphasize three-pointers, layups, and free throws, and eschew other, less efficient shots.

In the second quarter, Holiday shoved Curry hard into the basket, enraging the two-time MVP who let the officials know how upset he was by the push and no call.

The New Orleans Pelicans had a fantastic season. "We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment".

So far this postseason, with Durant and Green leading the way, the Warriors have admirably defended the slower San Antonio Spurs and now the imposing, push-the-pace Pelicans.

Australia's Joe Ingles battled foul trouble all night for the Jazz, posting 12 points, five rebounds and six assists from 31 minutes on court.

Paul had 20 of his 41 points in the final quarter to extinguish the Jazz.

The Warriors were unable to pull away in the first 24 due to Anthony Davis' brilliance, scoring 18 points and snagging 10 rebounds.

It was a resounding effort by the Pelicans, who played the fourth quarter without floor general Rajon Rondo, who suffered an unfortunate hamstring injury late in the game. "Should that surprise me?" He was seen in the tunnel on a golf cart and would not return to the game. He played 37 minutes in the clincher and the entire fourth quarter.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, also had 10 assists and seven rebounds.

He was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the series.

"We thought we had the game in hand", Kerr said.

"He went out there and took over the game".

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