The New Orleans Pelicans are fighting for their playoff lives. The Golden State Warriors just want to get back to full strength and defend their championship.
”Tonight we’re playing a team that desperately needs to win Hector Rondon Houston Astros Jersey ,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ”You can tell the teams around the league that have to win. They’re getting after it. They’re playing for their season. Our season begins next week.”
Anthony Davis outdueled Kevin Durant down the stretch on the way to 34 points, and the Pelicans snapped a 10-game losing streak to Golden State with a 126-120 win over the Warriors on Saturday night.
Durant scored 19 of his 41 points in the third quarter to go with 10 rebounds and five assists. He made big 3-pointers with 6:39 remaining and at the 4:52 mark that got Golden State to 112-111, but the Pelicans kept answering.
The NBA Finals MVP made things more difficult after halftime on Davis, who also had 12 rebounds for the Pelicans while having his way with the Warriors’ defense from the start.
The Pelicans beat the Warriors for the first time since April 7, 2015, in New Orleans, and at Oracle Arena for the first time since April 24, 2012.
”I just thought we played about as perfect as you have to play to beat them,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”They’re just such a great team. They just keep coming at you. We were never comfortable.”
Durant also committed a costly late turnover that led to E’Twaun Moore’s pullup jumper with 23.5 seconds left. KD lost the ball for another key steal less than a minute earlier but immediately got a rebound on the other end that led to Andre Iguodala’s dunk on the other end to get Golden State to 121-119 with 1:01 left.
Quinn Cook, who has been an admirable fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry after his promotion from the G League Arden Key Color Rush Jersey , added 21 points with five 3-pointers in the Warriors’ final regular-season home game.
This was primarily the KD and Davis show.
Davis shot 13 for 24, while Nikola Mirotic made four quick 3-pointers and six in all on the way to 28 points. Jrue Holiday scored 25 and Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists.
Durant tied the game on a layup just before halftime but Davis scored again to give him 19 points on 9-for-14 shooting in the first half. New Orleans led 67-65 after sizzling shooting by both teams – 59.6 by the Pelicans to 57.4 for Golden State and seven 3-pointers apiece.
Draymond Green just missed a triple-double for the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He had seven of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.
Pelicans: New Orleans had 39 assists, Moore adding seven. … G Ian Clark missed his second straight game – this one against his former team – because of a sprained right ankle. … New Orleans has given up 110 or more points in each of the last 11 regular-season meetings vs. the Warriors.
Warriors: Iguodala, who had been uncertain to play with a sore left knee, received a second-quarter technical. … Golden State will go with a center by committee for now, with Kevon Looney earning the start Saturday. … Shaun Livingston was out to rest his sore right knee. The Warriors had won their previous five regular-season home finales. … Golden State dropped to 10-4 in the first game of back-to-backs. … Warriors President and COO Rick Welts was honored for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stephen Curry, dressed and with backpack on, hopped up and down a few times on his tender left knee in the locker room with a big grin alongside athletic trainer Chelsea Lane. They’re going on the quick road trip to Phoenix.
Curry did some light work on the court then iced his injured left knee before the game while munching popcorn at his locker.
He’s still a week from having his sprained knee re-evaluated and Kerr ruled him out for the first round of the playoffs.
”We’ll talk a week from today Authentic Luke Falk Jersey ,” Kerr said. ”There’s nothing to report.”
The Warriors waived forward Omri Casspi after the game. Casspi has been sidelined by an ankle injury and Golden State needed to clear a roster spot in order to make room for Cook to be on the playoff roster.
The Pelicans had a four-day break and dropped from fourth place to eighth in the Western Conference standings.
That’s how wild this final stretch has been and still could be.
”It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Gentry said. ”I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Pelicans: At Clippers on Monday.
Warriors: At Phoenix on Sunday looking for a 15th straight victory vs. the Suns and playing their 14th and last back-to-back.
BOSTON — On the verge of their first playoff series win in four years, the Boston Bruins may or not have star and leader Patrice Bergeron back for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Leafs, facing elimination as they seek their first series win since 2004 (and the Original Six franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1967), know they will get one of their best players back Saturday as Nazem Kadri returns from a three-game suspension for a hit in Game 1.
But will it help?
The Bruins, playing without late-scratch Bergeron (upper body), took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Thursday. They need one win to advance as Bergeron’s status remained unclear Friday.
The team canceled practice, but Bergeron was on the ice at the team’s practice facility with a handful of players early and no decision was announced about Saturday. He has not been ruled out and coach Bruce Cassidy called it “a positive” that Bergeron was skating.
Riley Nash slid into Bergeron’s spot on the top line and played a strong game, helping set up the first goal of the game just 28 seconds after faceoff.
Kadri, who charged Tommy Wingels while Wingels was on his knees against the boards Cheap JK Scott Jersey , cost his team dearly when the NHL hit him with the suspension — thus costing the Leafs a 32-goal scorer and one of their best two-way players.
Now he’s back.
“Obviously, he’s a good player,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Friday. “It’s unfortunate for him that he missed three games, but the way I look at it on our team is you’ve got to be able to pick each other up. We weren’t able to do that.
“He comes back, he’ll make us deeper and we’re excited to have him back. Plus, he’ll have good energy for us. It’s important to have that going into Boston.”
Kadri, who was “disappointed” at the punishment, said, “It’s exciting to get back in. I’ve been champing at the bit the last couple of games here and it’s been hard to watch knowing that you could be out there trying to help and trying to make an impact. I’m happy the time is come.”
The Bruins won the first two games of the series at home, then lost Game 3 in Toronto before riding goaltender Tuukka Rask to Thursday night’s road win.
“Tuukka was our savior tonight Steelers Cheap Jerseys ,” said Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk, who made it 3-1 with a third-period goal.
Rask made 31 saves in the victory.
“Tonight we needed him to dig and be very good. And he was,” said Cassidy, whose team stumbled down the stretch to lose out to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the battle for the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference before getting off to a strong playoff start.
Brad Marchand, who scored the winning goal, said, “(Rask) played a phenomenal game. He’s one of the best goalies in the world and he gives us an opportunity to win every night. He made a lot of big saves early on to give us a chance to get back in the game. We really need to give him a lot of credit for tonight.”
The Leafs know what they’re up against, needing three straight wins to upset the higher seed — and Babcock says the attitude is good.
“We talked about that here today,” he said. “The bottom line is — I don’t know how many of you saw this, but last night out there in Maple Leaf Square Youth Cassius Marsh Jersey , they put that on TV. I talked about the national anthem the other day and then last night. To me, if you’re these players and you’ve seen that, you want to see it again.
“The only way we get to see it again is we’ve got to win to play. We’ve got to dig in. We’ve got to compete harder, we’ve got to play better. I thought we did tons of good things last night, we didn’t give up very much, we made a couple of mistakes on a couple of two-on-ones and they didn’t go our way. Dig in and make it go your way. I think you’ve got to enjoy part of the duress of this time of year. Embrace it.”
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