Curry too hot for Pel­i­cans, boosts War­riors to a win

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Golden State’s Stephen Curry put in a match­win­ning per­for­mance as the War­riors be­came the first team to reach the sec­ond round of the NBA play­offs by beat­ing New Or­leans 109-98 on Satur­day, com­plet­ing a 4-0 se­ries sweep.

Mem­phis moved to the brink of also pro­gress­ing to the last eight by de­feat­ing Port­land and tak­ing a 3-0 lead. Else­where, Mil­wau­kee staved off elim­i­na­tion by beat­ing Chicago and Brook­lyn beat At­lanta to cut the se­ries deficit to 2-1.

Golden State’s Curry had 39 points, eight re­bounds and nine as­sists while Klay Thomp­son added 25 points for the War­riors, the NBA’s top over­all seed, who will wait to host Game 1 of their sec­ond-round se­ries against the win­ner of the Port­land-Mem­phis matchup.

Dray­mond Green added 22 points and 10 re­bounds for Golden State, which led 67-54 at half­time and widened the gap to as many as 24 points in the sec­ond half be­fore the Pel­i­cans briefly cut the deficit to sin­gle dig­its in the fi­nal min­utes.

An­thony Davis had 36 points and 11 re­bounds for the Pel­i­cans and Eric Gor­don had 29 points.

Golden State shot 50.6 per­cent from the field, in­clud­ing 13 of 24 from 3-point range. Curry was 6 of 8 from deep, while Thomp­son was 4 of 7 and Green 3 of 6.

Mil­wau­kee avoided a sweep and stayed alive against Chicago by edg­ing the Bulls 92-90.

With 1.3 sec­onds left, Jared Dud­ley threw a high-arc­ing pass to­ward the bas­ket from side court. Jer­ryd Bay­less caught the ball and quickly threw up the layup for the game-win­ning bas­ket.

Bulls guard Der­rick Rose walked away in frus­tra­tion af­ter try­ing to guard Bay­less. The Bucks won their first play­off game in five years.

Chicago had a chance to win with the game tied 90-90. But Mil­wau­kee’s Khris Mid­dle­ton tipped a drib­ble away from Rose to force a steal. Bucks coach Ja­son Kidd called a time­out to set up the fi­nal play. Game 5 is Mon­day in Chicago. Jimmy But­ler had a play­off ca­reer-high 33 points for the Bulls. Rose fin­ished with 14 points, while Pau Ga­sol had 16 points and 10 re­bounds.

O. J. Mayo fin­ished with 18 points, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer with 1:42 left, for the Bucks while Dud­ley had 13 points and five as­sists and Bay­less had 10 points.

Mem­phis won 115-109 at Port- land to move within one win of a berth in the last eight.

Marc Ga­sol had 25 points, Court­ney Lee had 20 points and Mike Con­ley added 14 be­fore leav­ing the game late in the third quar­ter with a fa­cial in­jury. Mem­phis was al­ready thin at point guard with re­serve Beno Udrih side­lined with a sprained an­kle. Game 4 is Mon­day at Port­land. Ni­co­las Ba­tum’s 3-pointer got Port­land as close as 94-91 with 2:23 left. But Tony Allen’s bas­ket ended Port­land’s 9-0 run and Ran­dolph added free throws to close it out.

Ba­tum f i nished with 27 points for the Blaz­ers, who have dropped seven straight games, in­clud­ing the last four of the regular sea­son, and C. J. McCol­lum added 26.

Zach Ran­dolph had 16 points and the Grizzlies won their sev­enth straight against Port­land.

Brook­lyn’s Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 re­bounds and Thad­deus Young added 18 points and 11 re­bounds as the Nets beat At­lanta 91-83 to cut the Hawks’ se­ries lead.

The Nets seized con­trol with an 18-0 run span­ning the third and fourth quar­ters af­ter the Hawks grabbed their first lead since the open­ing bas­ket, then went on to beat the Eastern Con­fer­ence’s No. 1 seed for the first time in seven meet­ings this sea­son.

Bo­jan Bog­danovic added 19 points for the eighth- seeded Nets, who can tie the se­ries with an­other victory here Mon­day in Game 4.

DeMarre Car­roll scored a play­off ca­reer-high 22 points for the Hawks, who were de­nied what would have been only their sec­ond 3-0 lead since mov­ing to At­lanta in 1968. Paul Mill­sap added 18 points and 17 re­bounds.


(Top) Golden State War­riors for­ward Har­ri­son Barnes #40 slam-dunks over New Or­leans Pel­i­cans guard Eric Gor­don #10, for­ward An­thony Davis #23 and guard Jrue Hol­i­day #11 dur­ing the sec­ond half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA play­off se­ries in New Or­leans, Louisiana on Satur­day, April 25. (Above) Mil­wau­kee Bucks’ Jer­ryd Bay­less #19 puts up the game-win­ning shot against Chicago Bulls’ Der­rick Rose #1 dur­ing the sec­ond half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round play­off se­ries in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin on Satur­day.

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