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Davis scores 35, Pelicans hold off Blazers 97-95 in Game 1

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Anthony Davis stole the show and the New Orleans Pelicans stole home-court advantage from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo won the backcourt battle, and the Pelicans held on for a 97-95 victory on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans escaped after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit.

''It's the playoffs,'' Holiday said of his final block. ''A lot of excitement and a lot of energy especially in the building. Obviously, that was a really big stop and at that moment it felt good to get a stop. It felt good to know that all the hard work we put in this game, we got the win, so we did a really good job at that.''

Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and six points.

Portland made a charge that cut it to 93-92 on McCollum's 3-pointer just inside a minute left. Lillard missed in the lane with 15 seconds remaining with the Blazers still down one, and after Davis made two free throws, Holiday blocked Pat Connaughton's layup with 6.3 seconds to go.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts and several players said that the play was designed for a 3-pointer, but the Pelicans successfully took those options away.

Perhaps that had something to do with Rondo knowing everything the Blazers were ready to throw at them and relaying that knowledge to his teammates.

''He's in a different mindset,'' Davis said. ''He was up all night watching film. When they were calling plays out there he was telling us what it was in our version before they had a chance to run it. He's definitely locked in. The way he played tonight with 17 assists, he's just in a different mode for the playoffs.''

Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while McCollum had 19 points.

The sixth-seeded Pelicans were the only road team to win on the opening day of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and also blocked four shots to help Davis earn the first victory of his playoff career.

It looked like it would come easily, as the Pelicans extended a nine-point halftime lead to 69-50 on Holiday's dunk with 4:25 left in the third quarter. 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's rally came up short, but the Blazers vow to do better in Game 2 with regards to going after Davis.

''Getting to the basket, he's around,'' McCollum said. ''You know, he blocked my shot in the first quarter, maybe made some contact. But he's always there, he's always around roaming. But there's no excuses. We got to play better.''

Portland's two stars finished with just three combined free-throw attempts. McCollum says it's on them to force the issue.

''Maybe we need to be more aggressive getting downhill,'' McCollum said. ''You've got to figure out how the referees are reffing the game and go from there.''

TIP-INS

Pelicans: New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry is a believer in ''Playoff Rondo,'' the idea of Rondo elevating his game in the postseason. ''I think there is a sense of confidence that he has, especially this time of the year,'' Gentry said. ''He's a really bright player. One of the smartest guys I've ever been around. I've obviously had the opportunity to coach Steph (Curry), Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Grant Hill. When you start talking about the extremely smart players, he's one of those guys. I also think he has a way of giving confidence to the other guys. He makes them believe in themselves.''

Gentry says he relishes having someone who can lead the team in the way Rondo can. ''I know it's like an old clich�, but it really is like having an extra assistant coach.''

Trail Blazers: Among the challenges for the Blazers in this first-round series, none ranks higher than defending Davis. Terry Stotts said that he would begin the series with Jusuf Nurkic, who did not see much time on Davis in the regular season, on the All-Star big man.

Nurkic played 24 minutes, finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.

In a surprise, rookie Zach Collins played 22 minutes off the Blazers bench, up from his regular- season average of 16 minutes per game.

UP NEXT

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Portland.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot 2-0
11:22   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
11:16   Out of bounds turnover on Rajon Rondo  
11:00   Jusuf Nurkic missed layup  
10:58   Offensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
10:57 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made hook shot 2-2
10:48   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot  
10:47   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
10:34   CJ McCollum missed fade-away jump shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:16   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
10:06   Evan Turner missed driving layup  
10:04   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
9:58   Evan Turner missed fade-away jump shot  
9:54   Offensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
9:52 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 2-5
9:43   Anthony Davis missed hook shot, blocked by Jusuf Nurkic  
9:43   Team rebound  
9:41   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
9:30   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
9:18   Personal foul on Jusuf Nurkic  
9:12   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
9:04 +3 Evan Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 2-8
8:48   Jrue Holiday missed floating jump shot  
8:46   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
8:38   Jusuf Nurkic missed jump shot  
8:36   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
8:26   Kicked ball violation  
8:19 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 4-8
8:05   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
7:57   CJ McCollum missed driving layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
7:52   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:48   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:46   Lost ball turnover on Al-Farouq Aminu, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
7:42   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:37 +2 Evan Turner made reverse layup, assist by Al-Farouq Aminu 4-10
7:25 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 6-10
7:03   Evan Turner missed fade-away jump shot  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
6:54   Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Davis  
6:41   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
6:28   E'Twaun Moore missed hook shot, blocked by Jusuf Nurkic  
6:26   Offensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
6:25 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 9-10
6:04 +2 Evan Turner made driving layup 9-12
5:57   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
5:45   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
5:37   Anthony Davis missed layup  
5:35   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:33   Anthony Davis missed layup, blocked by Al-Farouq Aminu  
5:30   Offensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
5:29 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 11-12
5:05   Damian Lillard missed driving layup, blocked by Nikola Mirotic  
5:04   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
4:51 +2 Nikola Mirotic made reverse layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 13-12
4:35 +2 Evan Turner made jump shot 13-14
4:20   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
4:15   Out of bounds turnover on Evan Turner  
4:02 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Ian Clark 15-14
3:37   Zach Collins missed floating jump shot, blocked by Nikola Mirotic  
3:34 +2 Ed Davis made dunk 15-16
3:34   Offensive rebound by Ed Davis  
3:13 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot 17-16
2:53   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
2:43   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:39   Offensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
2:36   Traveling violation turnover on Darius Miller  
2:24   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:21   Defensive rebound by Cheick Diallo  
2:07   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot  
2:05   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
1:56   Damian Lillard missed driving layup, blocked by Ian Clark  
1:56   Team rebound  
1:49   Ed Davis missed hook shot, blocked by Nikola Mirotic  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
1:41   Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
1:34   Personal foul on Cheick Diallo  
1:24   Zach Collins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:20   Defensive rebound by Ian Clark  
1:16 +2 Jrue Holiday made dunk 19-16
0:52 +2 Zach Collins made fade-away jump shot, assist by Wade Baldwin IV 19-18
0:45   Kicked ball violation  
0:34   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:32   Team rebound  
0:18   Offensive foul on Ed Davis  
0:18   Offensive foul on Ed Davis  
0:00 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 21-18
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49 +2 Pat Connaughton made driving dunk, assist by Shabazz Napier 21-20
11:38   Personal foul on CJ McCollum  
11:30 +3 Solomon Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 24-20
11:18   CJ McCollum missed jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
11:04   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Zach Collins  
10:58 +2 Shabazz Napier made driving layup 24-22
10:39   Bad pass turnover on Solomon Hill, stolen by Shabazz Napier  
10:28 +3 Pat Connaughton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Zach Collins 24-25
10:11   Anthony Davis missed floating jump shot  
10:09   Team rebound  
9:52 +2 Zach Collins made jump shot 24-27
9:33 +3 Ian Clark made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 27-27
9:10   Shooting foul on Solomon Hill  
9:10 +1 Zach Collins made 1st of 2 free throws 27-28
9:10   Zach Collins missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:08   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:53   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:51   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
8:41   Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:37   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
8:20   Bad pass turnover on Ian Clark, stolen by Zach Collins  
8:16   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
8:05 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 29-28
7:46   Shabazz Napier missed floating jump shot  
7:45   Team rebound  
7:41   Zach Collins missed hook shot  
7:37 +2 Ed Davis made dunk 29-30
7:37   Offensive rebound by Ed Davis  
7:22   Ian Clark missed turnaround jump shot  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Ed Davis  
7:04 +2 Shabazz Napier made driving layup, assist by Zach Collins 29-32
6:45   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:44   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
6:29   Personal foul on Solomon Hill  
6:20   Ed Davis missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
6:19   Team rebound  
6:09   Shooting foul on Ed Davis  
6:09 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 30-32
6:09   Anthony Davis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Shabazz Napier  
5:53   Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
5:44 +2 Jrue Holiday made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 32-32
5:44   Shooting foul on Jusuf Nurkic  
5:44   Jrue Holiday missed free throw  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
5:31   Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:26   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
5:10 +2 Anthony Davis made driving layup, assist by E'Twaun Moore 34-32
4:56   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Nikola Mirotic  
4:43   E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
4:30   Evan Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:29   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
4:21 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 37-32
4:02   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
3:59   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
3:51   Damian Lillard missed driving layup  
3:49   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
3:41 +2 Cheick Diallo made floating jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 39-32
3:23   Damian Lillard missed jump shot, blocked by Jrue Holiday  
3:20   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
3:05 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot 41-32
2:52   Lost ball turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by E'Twaun Moore  
2:41   Cheick Diallo missed layup, blocked by Evan Turner  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
2:34   Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:31   Offensive rebound by Evan Turner  
2:20   Out of bounds turnover on Shabazz Napier  
2:00   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:56   Offensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
1:54 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by E'Twaun Moore 43-32
1:28 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made jump shot 43-34
1:07 +2 Anthony Davis made hook shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 45-34
0:52   Shooting foul on Rajon Rondo  
0:52 +1 Jusuf Nurkic made 1st of 2 free throws 45-35
0:52 +1 Jusuf Nurkic made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-36
0:42   Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Davis  
0:36   Damian Lillard missed fade-away jump shot  
0:34   Team rebound  
0:29   Jrue Holiday missed floating jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
0:02   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +2 Jusuf Nurkic made layup 45-38
11:22   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
11:21   Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu  
11:13   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:08   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
11:03 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 48-38
10:35 +2 Al-Farouq Aminu made finger-roll layup 48-40
10:17 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 50-40
9:54   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:39   Bad pass turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by CJ McCollum  
9:34 +2 Damian Lillard made layup 50-42
9:24 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 52-42
9:08   Evan Turner missed jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
9:03 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 55-42
8:47 +3 CJ McCollum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 55-45
8:28   Rajon Rondo missed floating jump shot  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic  
8:15   Evan Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
8:10   Personal foul on Damian Lillard  
7:54 +2 E'Twaun Moore made jump shot 57-45
7:36 +3 Al-Farouq Aminu made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Lillard 57-48
7:28   Personal foul on Al-Farouq Aminu  
7:16 +2 Anthony Davis made driving layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 59-48
7:00   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
6:54 +2 Rajon Rondo made dunk 61-48
6:34   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Anthony Davis  
6:32   Shooting foul on Evan Turner  
6:32   Anthony Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:32   Team rebound  
6:32 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-48
6:17   Bad pass turnover on Al-Farouq Aminu, stolen by Anthony Davis  
6:13   Bad pass turnover on E'Twaun Moore, stolen by CJ McCollum  
6:08 +2 CJ McCollum made layup 62-50
6:00   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
5:54   CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:49 +2 E'Twaun Moore made layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 64-50
5:31   Personal foul on E'Twaun Moore  
5:24   Zach Collins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
5:14 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 67-50
4:55   Damian Lillard missed jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:46   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:44   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
4:31   Bad pass turnover on Al-Farouq Aminu, stolen by Nikola Mirotic  
4:25 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving layup 69-50
4:02   Al-Farouq Aminu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:59   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:46   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:43   Defensive rebound by CJ McCollum  
3:34   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
3:31   Offensive rebound by Evan Turner  
3:30 +2 Evan Turner made layup 69-52
3:09   Anthony Davis missed floating jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Damian Lillard  
3:04   Personal foul on Anthony Davis  
2:53   Damian Lillard missed driving layup, blocked by Cheick Diallo  
2:51   Defensive rebound by Darius Miller  
2:44   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Mirotic, stolen by Pat Connaughton  
2:27 +3 Damian Lillard made 3-pt. jump shot 69-55
2:12 +2 Ian Clark made jump shot 71-55
1:49   Personal foul on Rajon Rondo  
1:36   Zach Collins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:36   Offensive rebound by Ed Davis  
1:36   Personal foul on Cheick Diallo  
1:36   Team rebound  
1:36   Ed Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:36   Ed Davis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:34   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
1:23