Brow Beaten: Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers behind Davis, Holiday

Brow Beaten: Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers behind Davis, Holiday

"Like you said, to not allow them to completely take me out of the game, you gotta make that play every time or you've gotta take a tough one [shot]".

As Rondo correctly envisioned way back in the fall, the ceiling for New Orleans is higher than that of a team that should just be happy to be here in the playoffs, content to go on vacation after putting up a mild fight against a superior opponent.

New Orleans defeated Portland 131-123 in Game 4 at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, eliminating the West's three seed and setting up a likely second-round date with Golden State.

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. "It was an fantastic feeling for me to go out and sweep these guys and play the way that I played". Jrue Holiday mirrored Davis today with 41 points (15-of-23 shooting) and eight assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans are headed to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in over a decade after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers.

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He went toe-to-toe with one of the NBA's best backcourts in Portland's Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and made it look like child's play as he toyed with them throughout the series. Misfortune struck Cousins in late January, when he was lost for the season to a left Achilles tear. A big part of that game plan was guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday scored six points during the final 2:52, starting with his 3-pointer.

"Charles Barkley: ". them guards in New Orleans have just flat out kicked their butts. Referees called Zach Collins on a loose-ball foul and Rajon Rondo slapped the dead ball out of his hands. We did not get to see Rajon Rondo in the playoffs previous year due to an injury, but his value has been shown this series as he is playing stellar defense along with Holiday shutting down the backcourt of the Trail Blazers and shooting the ball well.

76ers 106, Heat 102: Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid certainly aren't acting like playoff first-timers, and J.J. Redick provided the veteran leadership that visiting Philadelphia so desperately needed. Portland had no answer for the Pelicans' do-everything All-Star: Davis threw down lob dunks, drew foul after foul and hit two threes as he set a franchise record for points in a playoff game.

Harkless had 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting and five rebounds off the bench in Game 2. Moore finished with 14 points.

Then, with the aging Celtics core on its last legs, Rondo dragged the team through a seven-game bloodbath against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade's near-dynastic Miami Heat in 2012. The pair combined for all but one of New Orleans' points during that pivotal stretch. Al-Farouq Aminu made 11 of his 20 shots (5-11 3-PT) in scoring 27 points, also just three shy of his career mark in the postseason. When he was shown cheering on his teammates on the main scoreboard, fans erupted into chants of "Boogie!" Joe Ingles had 21 points for Utah. OK, so they claimed a coveted postseason berth, but they're a lock to lose an April first-round series to Portland, right? Chris Paul scored 17 with six assists.

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