The expected has happened again the Western Conference. The defending champs are headed back to the Western Conference Finals in a much-anticipated matchup with the league’s best team in the regular season. The Golden State Warriors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 4. In a 4-1 series victory, this opens them to see the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 28 points (10-of-16 from the field) and contributed 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The Warriors “Hamptons” lineup that consists of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Curry all was the only Warrior players to score in double figures.
The Warriors fended off a late run by the Pelicans as an Anthony Davis hook shot to cut the lead to 7 points with just about two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Davis finished with 34 points and 19 rebounds.
The Pelicans exit the playoffs with some hope as they swept the Trailblazers in the first round which was considered one of the biggest surprises in the 2018 NBA Playoffs so far. Much of the success was due to Jrue Holiday’s elevated play and the veteran leadership of Rajon Rondo for New Orleans backcourt.
The Warriors will now have almost a week off as the Western Conference Finals will not start until May 14th. The defending champs will have to start this series on the road as the Rockets finished with the NBA’s best regular season record.
Game 1 is scheduled for a 9:00 PM EST start on TNT Monday, May 14th.