LOS ANGELES (AP) Having clinched a playoff berth, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans are looking ahead.
They are one of five teams in the mix for the No. 4 seed in the wild West, and a win against the Spurs in their regular season finale would give the Pelicans home-court advantage.
”We know we’re not done,” Davis said after scoring 28 points in a 113-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. ”It wasn’t just our goal to get here, but to make some noise.”
Nikola Mirotic had 24 points and 16 rebounds in the Pelicans’ fourth straight victory. They’ll be making just their second playoff appearance in seven years, having earned it without big man DeMarcus Cousins, who sustained a season-ending Achilles injury on Jan. 28.
The Pelicans proceeded to lose four of five before winning 10 in a row.
”When he went down, everybody on the team just picked it up,” Davis said.
Sindarius Thornwell scored 20 points off the bench, DeAndre Jordan had 15 rebounds and Montrezl Harrell added 15 points for the Clippers, who have lost three in a row while being eliminated from playoff contention.
The Pelicans shot 51 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point range in the first half. The Clippers fought back from an 11-point
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/pelicans-beat-clippers-113-100-to-clinch-playoff-berth-041018
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