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Postgame recap Pelicans 122 Spurs 98

Portland and New Orleans return to Moda Center on Tuesday for Game 2 of this best-of-seven series in the First Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

Lillard, who goes into the game averaging 26.9 points, had 41 points in the final meeting of the season with the Pelicans, a 107-103 Blazers win in New Orleans. Portland dropped the other two matchups, 123-116 in December and 119-113 in January.

Over the course of the season, New Orleans was the third-highest scoring team (111.7) in the National Basketball Association while allowing the second-most points (110.4) of any team. That meant New Orleans was able to retain their lead stead at 18, 90-72.

"Our goal is not to just get in the playoffs but make some noise", says Davis. "Anthony Davis has been an outstanding player".

"Dame had a hell of a game, but it's playoffs and you can put everything behind what happened before", Stotts said.

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GUESSING THE BEARD ISN'T COMING BACK: The Pelicans acquired Nikola Mirotic in a trade after Cousins went out. He has scored at least 25 points in all five of his career playoff games. And despite their late four-game losing streak, the Blazers still finished 49-33 and clinched the Northwest Division title. The Blazers will have home-court advantage in a series for the first time since 2008 when they played the Houston Rockets. "We wanted to try to dictate the tempo of game and I thought we did that, especially in the second quarter", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said "We got out and ran and had good ball movement".

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Anthony Davis had 22 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans assured themselves no worse than the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 122-98 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night. It still seemed safe when Davis threw down a thunderous alley-oop slam from Rondo with 6:09 to play, letting out a scream as Portland took an 86-72 lead.

Portland has home court advantage in the series, but New Orleans owns the fifth-best road record in the National Basketball Association at 24-17.

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