For the first time in his career Anthony Davis has won a playoff game. In a 97-95 victory over the Portland Trailblazers the Pelicans garner their first playoff victory in seven seasons.
On opening day of the NBA postseason the New Orleans Pelicans are the only road team to attain a victory. Though NOLA did end up with the ‘W’, this game proved that this series will not be an easy one to win for either team.
Though it was only his first playoff victory, Anthony Davis played like a regular participant of the postseason. On the night, he recorded a stellar 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. With such a performance AD made his MVP bid that much more convincing.
Aside from Davis, the Pelicans supporting cast made a significant impact. Nikola Mirotic managed to register 16 points, 11 boards and four blocks. Rajon Rondo put up six points, eight rebounds and an impressive 17 assists. But perhaps the biggest X-factor of the game was NOLA’s “Robin” himself, Jrue Holiday.
On the night, Holiday managed to record 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two blocks. Out of all players, Holiday’s +/- of +12 is second to only Mirotic (+13). His impressive play, specifically on the defensive end, is one of the major reasons why NOLA came away from this contest as victors. With the game in the balance, Holiday’s defensive prowess seemed to shine through, as he was able to record a steal and, of course, a huge block all within the final two minutes of action.
On the other side of things, Portland’s two studs managed to make their own impact on the game. Damian Lillard poured in 18 points, seven assists and seven boards while CJ McCollum put up 19 points and three steals.
Currently, the Pelicans are up 1-0 in this best of seven series. In their next outing, NOLA will look to expand upon their lead. Game two will commence this Tuesday at 10:30 ET on TNT.
As always, GO PELS!