Pelicans Season Comes to an end in Oakland in Game 5
The New Orleans Pelicans season comes to an end in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Golden State Warriors in five games.
The team fought hard down the stretch of this game but ultimately came up short, 113-104 on Tuesday night.
In this game with the Pelicans backs up against the wall they hung tough throughout the entire first half, even outscoring Golden State 30-27 in the second quarter. New Orleans entered halftime only trailing by three points, 59-56.
However, Alvin Gentry had to use all but one of his timeouts during the third quarter and what that should tell you is that he was trying desperately to stop the Warriors momentum. Unfortunately, it didn't work, they absolutely dominated the 3rd quarter, as they usually do, outscoring the Pelicans 36-19. The quarter ended with the Warriors leading 95-75.
A tall task for New Orleans to outscore one of the best offensive teams in the league by at least twenty points in a quarter. Alvin Gentry's squad didn't go down without a fight as they put together an 18-2 run late in the game to close the gap to 107-100. With 1:40 remaining in regulation Draymond Green would put an end to that as the shot clock was winding down he hit a turnaround jumper over Nikola Mirotic to effectively put the game away for good.
Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday did what they needed to do, they both played extremely well, and both played 46 minutes. Davis lead the way with 34 points, 19 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Holiday totaled a triple-double, 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The problem in this game was that the Warriors didn't allow the ancillary pieces to beat them/they didn't step up and play like they needed to help Davis and Jrue. In addition, Golden States big four all scored 19+ points and the team was moving the ball with such fluidity Wednesday night.