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The 2014-15 New Orleans Pelicans extended season ended on Saturday night. Not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with a splash.

The Splash Brothers, that is. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — the Golden State Warriors’ backcourt beasts — combined for 64 points in a 109-98 drubbing of the Pelicans here in New Orleans, taking the first round playoff series in four games.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

The Pelicans have yet to win a game in their postseason matchup with the Golden State Warriors. Last night the Pelicans lost 123-119 at home in the Smoothie King Center.

It was the Pelicans first home playoff game since 2011, when the then-Hornets lost in six games to the L.A. Lakers.

New Orleans led by 20 points entering the fourth quarter, but Golden State rallied, sending the game to overtime on a dramatic Stephen Curry 3-point shot with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd in the Smoothie King Center, and are headed to the playoffs.

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the New Orleans Pelicans. The young team struggled with injuries and inconsistent play over a grueling 82-game regular season.

The Pelicans needed every one of those games. They were locked in a neck-and-neck struggle with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But now, for the first time since 2011, they are in the playoffs.

Superstar power forward Anthony Davis:

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans, clinging to the final Western Conference playoff berth, knocked down the Phoenix Suns Friday night in a 90-75 win at the Smoothie King Center.

New Orleans (43-36) remains in a neck-and-neck race with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff slot. The teams have identical win-loss records (the Thunder beat the woeful Sacramento Kings on Friday night), but New Orleans took the season series over OKC three games to one, giving the Pels the tiebreaker.

What shoulder injury?

Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ seemingly unstoppable phenom who puts the power in power forward, returned to the floor of the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night and put the visiting Detroit Pistons away with 39 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks.

Davis had missed the previous five games with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder (defined as an injury to the connective tissue between the clavicle and shoulder blade), suffered during a collision with Miami’s Hassan Whiteside on Feb. 21.

The New Orleans Pelicans pulled off an improbable and intensely entertaining 115-100 beatdown of the Atlanta Hawks Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.

Atlanta, who had come into the game on a 19-game winning streak (the 5th-longest in NBA history), seemed out of sorts from the midpoint of the first quarter, missing easy shots and struggling to contain an energized Pelicans team.

The New Orleans Pelicans turned some good defense, and scoring performances of 20 points or more by four different players, into a win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, beating them 106-95.

Memphis came into the game ranked third in the Western Conference, and had won four of their last six.

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The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t look like a team who had played a triple-overtime game the night before.

The Blazers played a three-hour-seven-minute contest in San Antonio, got on a plane, came into the Smoothie King Center, and trounced the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-88.

Pelicans players missed layups. They missed jump shots. They missed slam dunks. They missed free throws. They gave Portland every fast break, slow break, medium break…

The Pelicans just looked broke.

The New Orleans Pelicans aren’t a team known for overcoming a lot of adversity.

That perception might have to change after Friday night’s 119-114 win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson combined for 61 points and Jrue Holiday added another 16 of his own as the Pelicans stood up to the red-hot Cavaliers at the Smoothie King Center, surmounting LeBron James' incredible 41 points and hanging on to win in front of a raucous sellout crowd.

It’s impossible to overstate just how good Anthony Davis is.

The third-year power forward, just 21 years old, is averaging 24.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.1 blocked shots and 2.3 steals through the first 16 games of the 2014-15 NBA season.

On Tuesday night he added another 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 blocked shots.

The NBA is a league that rewards seasoning and, barring any injuries, Davis is just going to get better. But after next year he probably won’t be doing it in New Orleans.

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