Warriors, Rockets take 3-1 series leads

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The Golden State Warriors made easy work of the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals, and Steve Kerr wasn't going to take any chances by leaving Kevin Durant in the game. The Warriors jumped to a 37-22 lead in the first quarter, and though the Pelicans threatened to close the gap several times, Golden State was in control of the ball game from wire to wire. This was the first time ever that this extremely offensive "mega death" lineup started a game together, and Kerr's decision-paired with an extremely aggressive Durant-made all the difference early in the game to get the Warriors ahead, never again to look back.

With Durant's brilliance, the Oakland-based outfit didn't need big scoring nights from the rest of their stars but Stephen Curry added 23 points and Klay Thompson had 13.

During the Golden State Warriors' Game 4 win over New Orleans, comedian Andrew Polk tweeted that he hoped Green would get "shot in the face" while leaving the arena.

"You're on the road and threatened, you put your five best guys out there", Kerr said.

The days of "first team to score 90 wins" are a thing of the past, and now scoring anything less than 110 points will make it hard to keep up.

Draymond Green was fuming after the Warriors' 119-100 Game 3 loss to the Pelicans Friday.

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Green, who has a reputation for feistiness and psychological gamesmanship, had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a lopsided Warriors victory. I think we shot 17 or 16 percent from three and high 30's for the game.

The Rockets held comfortable leads for much of the game, at one stage 19 points, although the Jazz rallied to cut Houston's lead to 85-80 with six minutes to go in the final period. "That was thing - just try to play with force no matter if I missed shots or not, just keep shooting, keep being aggressive".

"We don't have the ability to all of a sudden change that and become a walk-it-up-the-court team", Gentry continued. We can get a small lineup out there as well.

The Pelicans and the Warriors are two of the highest-scoring teams in the National Basketball Association and the first four games they've played in the Western Conference semifinals have moved at a breathtaking pace.

"You've got to do what's best for your team".

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