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Pelicans: Cousins was on the bench, attending his first game in New Orleans since his injury on January 26.

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trailblazers duke it out in Game 4 at the Moda Center on Saturday night.

Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and a block, and the Pelicans pushed Portland to the brink of elimination with a 119-102 victory on Thursday night.

Keep the brooms handy, y'all.

The Pelicans developed its whole defensive scheme around crowding Lillard on the pick-and-roll. They matched every one of Portlands rallies.

For example, the turnover where Holiday was able to steal the ball at halfcourt - Lillard has been dribbling towards him, while Holiday sizes him up as he approaches.

New Orleans pounded Portland early in Game 3, but the Blazers made a decision to show some fight Saturday.

The Pelicans, a team no one wanted to be here, has forced you notice them. And the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz will unknot their 1-1 tie as their series heads to Salt Lake City for the first time. The other guy is coming and they're making me give the ball up. It's two or three layers of defense. It's tough to play against.

Lillard said he expected more out of himself. Under the cacophony of noise in the raucous Smoothie King Center, the potential All-NBA selection looked downright frazzled.

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New Orleans is 13-2 when they allow under 100 points, while Portland is 26-8. It's as aggressive as I've ever seen on Damian consistently.

"Whatever [the Blazers] want to do or how they want to play, that's fine", Gentry said.

A year ago, none of this would've been possible.

The Golden State Warriors also have a better bench than the New Orleans Pelicans and Steve Kerr is a better coach than Alvin Gentry. Portland's offense is driven by the creation and shooting abilities of McCollum and Lillard and both players are scoring less frequently and less efficiently than they did during the regular season. Dame is now shooting a disastrous 33 percent during the series.

"When a team comes for you the way they did in that last game, maybe we need to just make it a point of emphasis to go back at 'em", Lillard commented on Friday.

In addition four players had double figures by the half and the team played well even when Anthony Davis took breaks, something that couldn't always be said of this team in the past. If Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo can at least limit Lillard and McCollum with their excellent defense, they can make this an extremely hard match-up for Portland.

Game 1 saw a monster game from Anthony Davis. "[But] we're not gonna get into any situations where the physicality is gonna change the game for us". We get to ask, "Where were you on April 19?" "We are all locked in during the huddle and just following along with what we're supposed to do as a whole".

The Pelicans shot 52.9 percent from the field as they carved up Portland's defense.

"I never thought I'd score 30 or something like that", Mirotic said.

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