3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Blazers

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The New Orleans Pelicans stole one inside the Portland Trail Blazers' home court with a Game 1 win, 97-95.

In 2014-15, Davis and the Pelicans were swept out of the first round by the eventual National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

Since basketball is a game of runs - and since the law of averages plays such a huge role - it's sometimes - not always, but sometimes - hard to specify which individual performances or statistical categories were most relevant to a particular win or loss. If either of those two players had shot even a little better from three, the Blazers' margin of victory would have been bigger.

The Blazers will have to have an inside presence to harass the Pelicans' Anthony Davis. "We want to come in Tuesday (in Game 2) to get another one".

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Let's take a look at a few, shall we? "They came out and supported us and they were here all seasons through the ups and downs and we wanted to make sure we came out and finished strong for them".

Pelicans: Won the season series against San Antonio, 3-1. He averaged 28.6 points per game in those 22 games, the third most in the league, and dished out 6.6 assists to go with just 2.2 turnovers.

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That's what separates Holiday from some of the other great guards around the league: he's capable of winning games by making spectacular plays on either side of the ball.

Alvin Gentry always calls it the "computer".

It was like deja vu in more than one way for New Orleans because it was Holiday stepping up on the defensive end once again in clutch moments when things got tight in the fourth. "We had some breakdowns, but when we had breakdowns we were still being active and playing the right way".

Soon after, however, New Orleans began clamping down on defense and ramping up its tempo in transition, closing the second quarter on a 19-4 run that earned the Pelicans a standing ovation as they walked off the floor at halftime with a 61-43 lead. It served as a microcosm for everything New Orleans has done well the second half of the season, taking advantage of every opportunity to run in transition and quickly built an insurmountable lead. That's why we play the game. "We thought it was important to dictate the tempo and I thought I did that, especially in the second quarter". The Pelicans will be eliminated as a possible Warriors' opponent if the Thunder win Wednesday night.

Davis, a five-time NBA All-Star, had arguably his best season as a pro. If Wednesday night was any indication, they could stick around for a while.

The MVP candidate told reporters after the game (per Sports Illustrated) that "it means a lot to get that monkey off your back and get this first win. It's not just about getting in the playoffs".

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