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Dominant Davis leads Pelicans past Warriors, 119-100.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rajon Rondo told Anthony Davis to ''take a nap and think about 50'' in the hours leading up to a playoff game New Orleans all but had to win to have any hope of staging a playoff upset against defending champion Golden State.

Davis didn't quite score 50, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.

Highlighted by dunks of the driving, put-back or alley-oop variety, Davis had 33 points to go with 18 rebounds and four steals, and the Pelicans defeated the Warriors 119-100 on Friday night to trim Golden State's series lead to 2-1.

''He came out aggressive. He set the tone on both ends of the floor,'' Rondo said. ''He attacked the rim strong tonight.''

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry added that he ''felt real good'' during a timeout when he heard Davis say, ''We're not losing this game.''

Davis' determined play around the basket helped New Orleans outscore the Warriors 54-36 in the paint and outrebound Golden State 54-44.

''Our mindset is to go out there and play, do what we're supposed to do, follow the game plan and whatever results happen, happen,'' Davis said. ''We followed the game plan to a tee.''

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. The Warriors never led by more than a single point and trailed by double digits for almost the entire second half, going down by 25 points in the third quarter and 26 in the fourth.

Golden State shot uncharacteristically poorly from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 percent shooting (35 of 92) overall.

''Most of it is attributed to the Pelicans. Their defense was great,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''They were the aggressors. They brought the necessary force to the game on their home floor and these are the ebbs and flows of the playoffs.''

Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans and Ian Clark added 18 points against his former club. As in Game 2, Rondo once again had a heated exchange with Warriors forward Draymond Green. This time, Rondo backed it up with 21 assists.

''You can't get assists without your teammates. They made shots tonight. Guys moved well without the ball,'' Rondo said. ''It starts with defense. We were able to get stops, get out in transition - create mismatches in transition.''

Klay Thompson scored 26 for Golden State, but missed 13 of 22 shots. Stephen Curry, in his second game back after a sprained knee sidelined him more than a month, missed 13 of 19 shots and finished with 19 points. Kevin Durant scored 22 points for the Warriors, but hit only two shots in the second half.

''I was rushing a little bit and just missed shots,'' Curry said. ''I'm not going to get in my head about it. ... You can't really dwell on anything.''

The Pelicans, meanwhile, made 14 of 31 3s, with Holiday, Clark, Nikola Mirotic and Solomon Hill each hitting three.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Green, who was soundly booed by Pelicans fans, had 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. ... Kerr juggled the starting lineup with two new insertions, elevating Curry back to starter and also starting center JaVale McGee. Andre Iguodala and Nick Young, who started games 1 and 2, opened as reserves. ... Kerr was assessed a technical foul in the first half.

Pelicans: Mirotic finished with 16 points and E'Twaun Moore scored 13. ... New Orleans outrebounded the Warriors 54 to 44 and finished with a 19-12 advantage in second-chance points. ... Got 32 points from reserves, led by Clark.

TESTY RELATIONSHIP

Green and Rondo downplayed their after-the-whistle jawing.

''I get nothing out of trying to bait Rondo into anything. That does nothing for me,'' Green said, insinuating that Rondo initiated their exchanges. ''When have I went up to him and tried to bait him? ... I've baited a lot of guys, tried to bait a lot of guys, succeeded quite a bit. I ain't trying to bait nobody.''

Rondo chalked up the testiness to ''just how I am,'' and complimented Green's competitiveness.

''It's kind of just natural for me to respond, not in a crazy way or anything, but just to let them know we're not a pushover,'' Rondo said. ''He's a great competitor. I love competing against him.''

CHANGE OF VENUE

New Orleans seemed to benefit from being back at home and looked to be the more comfortable team shooting from the outset.

Hill, who missed all four 3s he took in the first two games, made his first three from deep. At one point in the first half, New Orleans was 10-of-15 from 3, while Golden State was just 5-of-15.

Mirotic's third 3 put the Pelicans up 60-48 late in the second quarter.

Thompson's layup and two 3s in quick succession pulled the Warriors to 62-56 at halftime, but the Pelicans opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.

UP NEXT

Game 4 is Sunday afternoon, when New Orleans can even the series or the Warriors can take a 3-1 lead back home for Game 5.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Draymond Green missed jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
11:41   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Stephen Curry  
11:38   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Team rebound  
11:24   Lost ball turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Anthony Davis  
11:13 +2 Jrue Holiday made jump shot 0-2
11:01   Out of bounds turnover on Klay Thompson  
10:49 +2 E'Twaun Moore made floating jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 0-4
10:41   Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic  
10:34   JaVale McGee missed alley-oop shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
10:25   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
10:15   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
10:11   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:03   Out of bounds turnover on Rajon Rondo  
9:46 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 2-4
9:36   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:33   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
9:27   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:14   E'Twaun Moore missed turnaround jump shot  
9:13   Team rebound  
9:13   Personal foul on Anthony Davis  
9:06   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
8:59   Out of bounds turnover on Nikola Mirotic  
8:48   Klay Thompson missed fade-away jump shot  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
8:26   Anthony Davis missed alley-oop shot  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:21   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:20   Team rebound  
8:06   Anthony Davis missed floating jump shot  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:01 +2 Stephen Curry made driving layup 4-4
8:01   Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday  
8:01 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 5-4
7:50 +2 Jrue Holiday made floating jump shot 5-6
7:38   Kevin Durant missed turnaround jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:31   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Mirotic, stolen by Stephen Curry  
7:24 +2 Kevin Durant made alley-oop shot, assist by Stephen Curry 7-6
6:57 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving dunk 7-8
6:44   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:41   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
6:35 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Klay Thompson 9-8
6:27 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 9-11
6:13   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
6:01   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
5:51   Jrue Holiday missed jump shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
5:40 +2 Kevin Durant made turnaround jump shot 11-11
5:24   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:21   Offensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
5:21   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
5:10 +3 Solomon Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 11-14
4:57   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:55   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:51 +3 Anthony Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 11-17
4:30 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 14-17
4:15 +3 Solomon Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 14-20
4:07   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
3:55 +2 E'Twaun Moore made finger-roll layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 14-22
3:42   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
3:19 +3 Solomon Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 14-25
2:56   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
2:52   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:45 +2 Jrue Holiday made driving dunk 14-27
2:32   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:28   Defensive rebound by E'Twaun Moore  
2:23   Lost ball turnover on Jrue Holiday, stolen by Kevin Durant  
2:21   Shooting foul on Solomon Hill  
2:21   Kevin Durant missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:21   Team rebound  
2:21 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-27
2:15   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
2:07   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
2:03   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:52 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 17-27
1:31   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:28   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
1:17   Shaun Livingston missed floating jump shot  
1:13   Defensive rebound by Ian Clark  
1:06 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 17-30
0:49 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 19-30
0:32   Ian Clark missed jump shot, blocked by Shaun Livingston  
0:28   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:11   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot, blocked by Jrue Holiday  
0:11   Team rebound  
0:05 +2 Draymond Green made driving dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 21-30
0:03   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
0:00   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Darius Miller  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42 +3 Ian Clark made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 21-33
11:22   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
11:09 +2 Nikola Mirotic made jump shot, assist by Ian Clark 21-35
11:09   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
11:09 +1 Nikola Mirotic made free throw 21-36
10:53 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 23-36
10:38   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:25   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
10:21   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
10:15   Kicked ball violation  
10:07   Nikola Mirotic missed floating jump shot  
10:03   Offensive rebound by Solomon Hill  
10:00 +2 Nikola Mirotic made driving layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 23-38
9:57   Personal foul on Solomon Hill  
9:51 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 25-38
9:42   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:27 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David West 28-38
9:06 +2 Darius Miller made floating jump shot, assist by Nikola Mirotic 28-40
8:59 +2 Andre Iguodala made driving dunk, assist by Shaun Livingston 30-40
8:43   Nikola Mirotic missed jump shot  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:37   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:37 +1 Ian Clark made free throw 30-41
8:27   Shooting foul on Darius Miller  
8:27 +1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 31-41
8:27 +1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-41
8:16   Darius Miller missed floating jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:08   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
7:55   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
7:51   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:45   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
7:35   Lost ball turnover on Darius Miller, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
7:33   Personal foul on Darius Miller  
7:27   Shooting foul on E'Twaun Moore  
7:27 +1 Klay Thompson made 1st of 3 free throws 33-41
7:27 +1 Klay Thompson made 2nd of 3 free throws 34-41
7:27 +1 Klay Thompson made 3rd of 3 free throws 35-41
7:22   Kicked ball violation  
7:12 +3 Jrue Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 35-44
7:01 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 38-44
6:45   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
6:25 +2 Kevon Looney made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 40-44
6:09 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 40-46
5:47 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 42-46
5:38 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 42-49
5:13   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
5:01   Nikola Mirotic missed hook shot  
4:58   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:58 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 42-51
4:40   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
4:37   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:29   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
4:17 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by E'Twaun Moore 42-53
4:02   Draymond Green missed floating jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
3:48 +2 Anthony Davis made fade-away jump shot, assist by E'Twaun Moore 42-55
3:48   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
3:48   Anthony Davis missed free throw  
3:48   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:40 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 45-55
3:12   Anthony Davis missed layup  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:05   Andre Iguodala missed driving layup, blocked by Jrue Holiday  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
3:06   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Stephen Curry  
3:00   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
2:49 +2 Rajon Rondo made layup, assist by Anthony Davis 45-57
2:33   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:29   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:28 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 48-57
2:16 +3 Nikola Mirotic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 48-60
2:02   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
1:49   Anthony Davis missed alley-oop shot  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
1:45 +2 Klay Thompson made driving layup 50-60
1:37   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
1:36   Team rebound  
1:36   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
1:27   Anthony Davis missed layup  
1:25   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:22 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 53-60
1:03   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
1:03 +1 E'Twaun Moore made 1st of 2 free throws 53-61
1:03 +1 E'Twaun Moore made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-62
0:54   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Anthony Davis  
0:47   Lost ball turnover on E'Twaun Moore, stolen by Kevin Durant  
0:37 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 56-62
0:28   Jrue Holiday missed driving layup  
0:25   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:10   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:07   Defensive rebound by Jrue Holiday  
0:01   Nikola Mirotic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Team rebound  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47 +2 E'Twaun Moore made floating jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 56-64
11:31 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 58-64
11:17   E'Twaun Moore missed driving layup, blocked by Stephen Curry  
11:16   Team rebound  
11:10   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
11:05 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 58-66
10:46   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
10:42   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:42   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:28   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:21   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
10:18   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
10:14   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:03   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
9:57   Rajon Rondo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:40   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Nikola Mirotic  
9:39   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
9:26   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
9:26 +1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 58-67
9:26 +1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-68
9:19   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
9:03 +2 Anthony Davis made hook shot 58-70
8:48   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Anthony Davis  
8:42   Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:39   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:37 +2 Rajon Rondo made jump shot 58-72
8:18   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
8:07   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:51   Shooting foul on Nikola Mirotic  
7:51   Team rebound  
7:51   Draymond Green missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:51 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-72
7:29 +2 Nikola Mirotic made hook shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 59-74
7:20   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
7:18   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
7:18   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
7:18 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 60-74
7:18 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-74
7:01   Rajon Rondo missed driving layup  
6:58   Offensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
6:58   Rajon Rondo missed reverse layup  
6:56   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
6:43