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Pelicans call for more fan support


The Smoothie King Center was rocking Tuesday night as the Pelicans upset the NBA's best, Steph Curry and the Golden State warriors, 103-100, holding on in the final seconds for a thrilling statement victory.

As good as the scene was, the Pelicans know their home court advantage could be even better. The franchise is encouraging all fans, and those who have not been, to attend the final two home games of the season, this Friday night (Phoenix Suns) and next Wednesday night (San Antonio Spurs) to showcase what New Orleans basketball has to offer if the playoffs do come calling for the first time in four years.

The Pels have won 42 games and boast a budding superstar in Anthony Davis, who scored a game-high 29 points Tuesday night, and coach Monty Williams doesn't want the city to miss out on enjoying one of the NBA's elite talents.

"Our fans need to come out and root for us," Williams said. "We're playing for a playoff spot. We've got one of the best players in the NBA, and we didn't even have a packed house tonight. The people we had gave us a lot of juice, and I'm sure AD felt it tonight. Steph's a great player, and I'm not casting any votes for MVP, but we have a great one as well, and our fans need to appreciate it."

It's not too late for fans. The Pelicans are on the road Wednesday in Memphis, but the team returns home to play Phoenix on Friday, and they will also host the reigning world champion San Antonio Spurs next Wednesday night, April 15.

New Orleans (42-35) leads Oklahoma City (42-36)  by half-a-game, with five to play, and the Pelicans also hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

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