Rajon Rondo told Anthony Davis to ”take a nap and think about 50” in the hours leading up to a playoff game New Orleans all but had to win to have any hope of staging a playoff upset against defending champion Golden State.
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, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.
Highlighted by dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, Davis had 33 points to go with 18 rebounds and four steals, and the Pelicans defeated the Warriors 119-100 on Friday night to trim Golden State’s series lead to 2-1.
”He came out aggressive. He set the tone on both ends of the floor,” Rondo said. ”He attacked the rim strong tonight.”
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry added that he ”felt real good” during a timeout when he heard Davis say, ”We’re not losing this game.”
Davis’ determined play around the basket helped New Orleans outscore the Warriors 54-36 in the paint and outrebound Golden State 54-44.
”Our mindset is to go out there and play, do what we’re supposed to do, follow the game plan and whatever results happen, happen,” Davis said. ”We followed the game plan to a tee.”
The Warriors have been known to erase large deficits in a hurry, but each time they tried to do so in Game 3 Youth Terrell Edmunds Jersey
, the Pelicans responded resoundingly. The Warriors never led by more than a single point and trailed by double digits for almost the entire second half, going down by 25 points in the third quarter and 26 in the fourth.
Golden State shot uncharacteristically poorly from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 percent shooting (35 of 92) overall.
”Most of it is attributed to the Pelicans. Their defense was great,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ”They were the aggressors. They brought the necessary force to the game on their home floor and these are the ebbs and flows of the playoffs.”
Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans and Ian Clark added 18 points against his former club. As in Game 2, Rondo once again had a heated exchange with Warriors forward Draymond Green. This time, Rondo backed it up with 21 assists.
”You can’t get assists without your teammates. They made shots tonight. Guys moved well without the ball,” Rondo said. ”It starts with defense. We were able to get stops, get out in transition – create mismatches in transition.”
Klay Thompson scored 26 for Golden State, but missed 13 of 22 shots. Stephen Curry, in his second game back after a sprained knee sidelined him more than a month, missed 13 of 19 shots and finished with 19 points. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Warriors DJ Chark Jersey Jaguars
, but hit only two shots in the second half.
”I was rushing a little bit and just missed shots,” Curry said. ”I’m not going to get in my head about it. … You can’t really dwell on anything.”
The Pelicans, meanwhile, made 14 of 31 3s, with Holiday, Clark, Nikola Mirotic and Solomon Hill each hitting three.
Warriors: Green, who was soundly booed by Pelicans fans, had 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. … Kerr juggled the starting lineup with two new insertions, elevating Curry back to starter and also starting center JaVale McGee. Andre Iguodala and Nick Young Ian Thomas Jersey Panthers
, who started games 1 and 2, opened as reserves. … Kerr was assessed a technical foul in the first half.
Pelicans: Mirotic finished with 16 points and E’Twaun Moore scored 13. … New Orleans outrebounded the Warriors 54 to 44 and finished with a 19-12 advantage in second-chance points. … Got 32 points from reserves, led by Clark.
Green and Rondo downplayed their after-the-whistle jawing.
”I get nothing out of trying to bait Rondo into anything. That does nothing for me,” Green said, insinuating that Rondo initiated their exchanges. ”When have I went up to him and tried to bait him? … I’ve baited a lot of guys, tried to bait a lot of guys, succeeded quite a bit. I ain’t trying to bait nobody.”
Rondo chalked up the testiness to ”just how I am,” and complimented Green’s competitiveness.
”It’s kind of just natural for me to respond, not in a crazy way or anything, but just to let them know we’re not a pushover,” Rondo said. ”He’s a great competitor. I love competing against him.”
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New Orleans seemed to benefit from being back at home and looked to be the more comfortable team shooting from the outset.
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, who missed all four 3s he took in the first two games, made his first three from deep. At one point in the first half, New Orleans was 10-of-15 from 3, while Golden State was just 5-of-15.
Mirotic’s third 3 put the Pelicans up 60-48 late in the second quarter.
Thompson’s layup and two 3s in quick succession pulled the Warriors to 62-56 at halftime, but the Pelicans opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Game 4 is Sunday afternoon, when New Orleans can even the series or the Warriors can take a 3-1 lead back home for Game 5.
The Arizona Cardinals suspended general manager Steve Keim for five weeks and fined him $200,000 after he pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to extreme DUI following a Fourth of July arrest in a Phoenix suburb.
A Chandler police report shows Keim had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than twice Arizona’s legal limit of 0.08 for drivers.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Keim would be sentenced or if he was facing a jail term.
The Cardinals report to training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 27.
Keim has been the Cardinals GM since 2013 and signed a contract extension in February through the 2022 NFL season.
According to the arrest report, Keim told police he only had two beers and ate pizza two hours before he got pulled over around 12:30 a.m. in Chandler.
But officers said they smelled alcohol on Keim’s breath and he had slurred speech.
Keim also refused to take several field sobriety tests, but did consent to have his blood drawn.
”As stated at the time of the incident, this behavior is indefensible and completely unacceptable Mike Hughes Jersey Elite
,” the Cardinals said in a statement Tuesday. ”While Steve has accepted full accountability and responsibility for his actions, that does not diminish their gravity nor the severity of the consequences that result from them.
”Those who work within the National Football League – particularly those in leadership positions – bear a greater responsibility and are held to a higher standard than simply a legal one and we feel that these measures are reflective of that.”
During his suspension, Keim will be barred from the Cardinals’ facilities and prohibited contact with the team.
He won’t be allowed to return to the team until after he’s completed counseling and evaluation plus a DUI education course.
The $200,000 fine will be donated to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
”Once again, I apologize to everyone who has been negatively impacted by my actions and incredibly poor judgment, in particular the Cardinals, our fans and my family,” Keim said in a statement released by the team Tuesday.
”I fully deserve and accept the punishment that has been issued. My goal is to do everything I can to grow from this personally and help others learn from my inexcusable behavior.”