Anthony Davis shines as Pelicans chip away at Warriors' NBA playoffs lead

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NEED TO KNOW: The Raptors have lost seven straight playoff games against the Cavaliers, dating to the 2016 Eastern Conference finals, and blew a chance to take a lead in the series by coughing up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1.

New Orleans hasn't been almost as impressive as they were in the first round when they swept the No.3 seed Portland Trail Blazers.

"You don't keep a guy like that on the bench for long", Kerr said.

The game commences at 1am United Kingdom time Saturday, together with policy on BT activity starting up at mid night.

But it wasn't enough for the Warriors to battle back from, after a poor third quarter that Pelicans won 30-19.

For more sports and entertainment headlines, watch today's Morning Buzz above! Jrue Holiday had 19 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 and Rajon Rondo had only 4 points, but 10 rebounds and 20 assists. In Game 2, Golden State shot 47.3 percent from the field and converted 13 of 40 three point attempts.

If Golden State plays the same way, New Orleans will even the series.

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2- Can the Pelicans continue to dictate the pace like they did in Game 2? The Pelicans were first-round underdogs against the Blazers, only to sweep the series. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Warriors, who never led by more than a single point. He had a solid game in Game 2, which was important for Golden State, especially with Thompson firing up bricks all over the place.

An intensely sloppy start for both teams belied the fact that Game 3 was heading towards an offensive explosion.

"Oh yeah, yeah, yeah", Kerr said to the San Francisco-based station during his weekly appearance. If New Orleans can find a way to even the series, all the pressure will end up falling back on the Warriors.

The over is 4-1 in the last four meetings in New Orleans. Curry dropped a cool 28 points in his first game since March 23.

The Warriors have been known to erase large deficits in a hurry, but each time they tried to do so in Game 3, the Pelicans responded resoundingly. But New Orleans can make things a little more interesting with a win tonight. The officiating wasn't much better in the series opener, when Holiday was effectively eliminated when he he was called for four phantom fouls in the first two quarters and change, and where at one point the Pelicans had a 15-6 foul disadvantage on the Warriors. Although most players would jack up semi-contested threes if they had Curry's ability what he does that is very unique is he often gives up his good shot for an even greater shot for his teammates, causing numerous Warriors patented ball movement plays.

"I just go out there and play", said Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. They did a great job on Thompson in Game 2, rarely giving him an open look and forcing him into a 4-20 shooting performance.