New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans ran roughshod over the defending champions, Golden State Warriors, in Game 3 blowout, 119-100, Friday night, to trim the Warriors’ Western Conference Semifinals series lead to 2-1.
Anthony Davis erupted for 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals while Rajon Rondo came through with 21 assists and 10 rebounds of his own, one fewer assist than the entire Warriors team combined.
The Pelicans controlled the tempo throughout the night, leading by as much as 25 in the third quarter and never allowing the Warriors vaunted offense to develop any rhythm.
New Orleans outrebounded the Warriors 54 to 44.
Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans, Ian Clark added 18 points against his former club.
Davis was particularly dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, and the Pelicans outscored the Warriors 54-36 in the paint.
Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans, Ian Clark added 18 points against his former club. Mirotic finished with 16 points and E’Twaun Moore scored 13. New Orleans got 32 points from reserves, led by Clark.
Klay Thompson scored 26 for Golden State, but missed 13 of 22 shots.
Stephen Curry missed 13 of 19 shots and finished with 19 points. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Warriors. Green had 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists
Golden State was dismal from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 percent shooting (35 of 92) overall.
The Pelicans, meanwhile, made 14 of 31 3s, with Holiday, Clark, Nikola Mirotic and Solomon Hill each hitting three.
Hill, who missed all four 3s he took in the first two games, made his first three from deep. At one point late in the second quarter, New Orleans was 10-of-15 from 3, while Golden State was just 5-of-15.
Mirotic’s third 3 of the first half put the Pelicans up 60-48 late in the second quarter, but the Warriors’ ability to score in bursts help them slash their deficit in half before the period ended.
Thompson, who’d shot poorly in Game 2 and at the beginning of Game 3, scored eight quick points on a driving layup and a pair of 3s, trimming New Orleans’ lead to 62-56 at halftime.
But the Pelicans opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way, responding each time the Warriors tried to make a run.
New Orleans lost a 20-point, fourth-quarter lead in Game 3 the last time these teams met in the playoffs in the first round in 2015.
The best-of-seven series resumes with Game 4 on Sunday afternoon at New Orleans.