Pelicans Punch Their Playoff Ticket With Win Over Clippers
For the first time since 2015, the NBA Playoffs will include the New Orleans Pelicans.
With a dominant win 113-110 in L.A. against the Clippers Monday night, the Pelicans officially punched their ticket to the postseason.
Anthony Davis finished with a game-high 28 points and 5 blocks, wowing the Staples Center crowd with several highlight reel dunks, including an alley oop from Rajon Rondo in the third quarter at the height of a 20-2 run.
Nikola Mirotic continued his superb play, finishing with 24 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
"We're happy (with the win)," said head coach Alvin Gentry. "We have another game left to play, and it's an important game."
New Orleans hosts the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday in the season finale, with giant playoff seeding implications on the line.
With a victory, the Pelicans will finish either 4th or 5th in the West, depending on what unfolds in other games between now and Wednesday night.
With a loss, New Orleans will end the season either 7th or 8th. Likely 8th, as the Oklahoma City Thunder, whom the Pelicans own the tiebreaker with and currently share the same record at 47-34, play the tanking Memphis Grizzlies who have no desire to win their final game.
Tip-off Wednesday from the Smoothie King Center is set for 7:00.