Jrue Holiday lifts Pelicans with game-saving block in Game 1

Jrue Holiday lifts Pelicans with game-saving block in Game 1

It's been seven long years since the Pelicans franchise notched a playoff win, but that futility finally ended Saturday night in Portland with a 97-95 victory. However, he got injured before Game 3 and the Bulls didn't win another game.

Game Two is Tuesday night in Portland.

Because of how things worked out in the insane Western Conference this season, the Blazers will be facing the sixth-seeded Pelicans in the first round.

Davis stepped up in Cousins' absence, averaging 30.4 points and 11.8 rebounds. Rajon Rondo played a key role in Saturday's win. Through five innings, they chased starter Michael Matuella from the game and built a 10-3 lead. Four Trail Blazers made two field goals off the bench in the first half.

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They combined to score three points on 1-of-15 shooting, and the Blazers' offense looked putrid as it struggled to find alternate sources of production. Trail Blazers' leading scorer Damian Lillard did not play well in the defeat, sinking only 6 of 23 shots for a total of 18 points. He passed out nine assists in the first half without scoring a point. And with 12.4 seconds left, the Blazers had one more chance. They will definitely need a complete effort from Lillard and McCollum in game two.

After splitting their four regular-season meetings, the third-seeded Blazers and sixth-seeded Pelicans open the playoffs Saturday night at the Moda Center. They are a strong defensive team, holding the opposition to 103 points, good for fifth in the National Basketball Association. "I take pride in my defense". Down by 19 points with fewer than four minutes left in the third period, the Trail Blazers narrowed the deficit to just one point in the final minutes. (McCollum). We've gotta rebound the ball a little better, but we got the win.

Dropping dimes: Rondo finished with 15 or more assists in a playoff game for the 11th time in his career. The Blazers knew their opponent before the game with the Jazz.

The Pelicans didn't play that well on offense to begin the night, but Portland was so bad that it allowed them to take control early. While Portland should be much sharper offensively, the Pelicans are effective against the three, holding opponents to 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc, and overall I expect another low-scoring contest.

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