Pelicans going for the sweep on Saturday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans are just one win away from advancing to the Western Conference semifinals after last night's dominant Game 3 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. At one point, the Pelicans led by as much as 33 points as they cruised to a 119-102 win.
Anthony Davis turned in his usual double-double performance with 28 points and 11 rebounds but he had plenty of help, including Nikola Mirotic who scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Additionally, the Pelicans back court of Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo combined for 16 points a piece and a total of 18 assists.
Meanwhile, the Blazers' starting back court turned the ball over 12 times last night - eight of which came from All-Star point guard Damian Lillard. After the game, Lillard expressed how difficult the Pelicans defense has been on him all series, including last night in which he went just 5-of-14 from the field.
"They're making me give the ball up," Lillard said, according to ESPN. "This is a different coverage than I've seen at any point in my career. ... It's two or three layers of defense. It's tough to play against, man."
Now, the Pelicans will go for the series sweep on Saturday night, as they seem destined to take on the defending champion Golden State Warriors (who lead the Spurs 3-0) in the second round.
Naturally, #NBATwitter had plenty to say about the Pelicans' dominance and the lackluster play from the Blazers in Game 3. Scroll down to check out some of the reactions.