Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday shine as Pelicans take Game 1, Blazers’ home-court advantage

The final-minute heroics — the open-court stop on McCollum, the deflection on Leonard, the block on Connaughton — served as a tremendous reintroduction to Holiday for those who might not have been paying much attention to the oft-injured former Philadelphia 76ers All-Star.

“It’s funny, because we always put a clip on [the video edit that the Pelicans’ coaches show their players] that says ‘game-winning plays,’ and today, it actually was Jrue blocking [Connaughton’s] shot in the Portland game,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said after the game. “Same guy, almost the exact same area and he came up with another block.”

“It’s the playoffs,” Holiday said after the game. “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.”

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