"We're back at home and you always shoot better at home", Davis said.
While Curry, Green and Durant looked a bit ticked that the series was at least going to be a little harder than they expected, the two-time MVP said the defending champs are still in a prime spot. Ian Clark came off the bench for 18 points against his old team. Their defense was great (although the Warriors missed some shots they normally make) and their offensive execution was fantastic (although they made some shots they normally miss). "Guys made shots in shootaround this morning and it carried over".
Rondo's mastery allowed Davis to play without the ball more than he did in Games 1 and 2, and he absolutely carved the Warriors up as a dive man, cutter, and off-the-catch attacker.
The Pelicans five-time All-Star said "aggression" had more to do with his team's victory than any tactical adjustments they made. At times, plenty of people thought they weren't even the favorites to win the title. The Warriors defensive attention to detail - staying with Mirotic when he pops out after setting a pick, or being prepared for duck-ins from Davis - that has mostly shown up in the playoffs was lacking on Friday night.
They've soundly be at New Orleans household and off today, documenting 123-101 along with 121-116 successes.
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Thompson scored 20 of his 26 points in the second quarter, but finished making just nine of his 22 attempts from the field.
Holiday was hot and the Warriors were cold in the early going.
"You always shoot better at home", Davis said. "Of course we didn't want to go down 0-3 but we got our big one tonight and now we'll try to get ready for Sunday".
All of which is why it felt like the Pelicans should have been up by more than six at the half.
After struggling in the first quarter the Warriors started to heat up, specifically Klay Thompson as he recorded 20 points in the quarter. Just Magic and John Stockton had more. We're competing. I don't think it's nothing more than us battling on the court. "We have to be physical and match that physicality". He was famously suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 Finals after committing multiple flagrant fouls, and this season he finished second in the league in both technical fouls (15) and ejections (3). Unselfish and creative passing is a hallmark of the Steve Kerr era - the system got a huge jump-start from Kerr's former assistant, Alvin Gentry, now the Pelicans head coach - and it was on display, in its highest form, in Oakland recently. During the postseason, players are subject to a suspension if they accrue seven technical fouls or receive three flagrant foul points (one for a Flagrant Foul 1, two for a Flagrant Foul 2).