OAKLAND, CA (WVUE) - After a furious second half rally fell short in a 106-99 Game 1 loss, the Pelicans admitted they felt a bit anxious to tip off their playoff debut.
"I was nervous the first game," Anthony Davis said. "I think the whole team was. This is our first time together as a unit in a playoff, especially in an environment like this."
Quincy Pondexter added, "We're going to learn from it. We won't have the same start to the game next time. We're going to adjust. We're going to be fine."
14 Turnovers, weak interior defense leading to easy buckets for the Warriors and a lack of offensive flow resulted in a 25-point deficit, but the Pels rallied in the second half.
"That's our trademark, giving it our all and a lot of fight so, never giving up to the buzzer," Jrue Holiday said.
Davis began to attack and tallied a game-high 35 points, matching the 5th best production in an NBA post-season debut.
"Coming out of halftime I just tried to be aggressive," Davis said. "We made adjustments offensively. My teammates did a great job getting me the ball where I needed to score, and it all just looked so fluent out there."
Coach Monty Williams added, "I thought he settled down. He had some buckets early that he typically doesn't miss. I thought he settled into what the game was like and what they were taking away and what he could do. We'll look at the film tomorrow so he can be better."
As for defending Golden State's superstar Steph Curry, he scored a team-high 34 points, but the Pels did a good job on defending his production from deep. Curry made just 4 of 13 three point attempts. Quincy Pondexter said the team needs to limit his home run threes, the ones that really excite the home crowd. After the game, Curry spoke about Anthony Davis, and his playoff debut, and he shared some similar memories.
"It was kind of a similar situation, antsy, and anxious, ready to get out there and get a feel for what it's like, and then you kind of settle in," Curry said. "Obviously, AD changed the game in the fourth quarter with the way he played, and we're going to have to deal with that all series. That's why it's going to be tough."
And Anthony Davis says his team showed they are capable of bouncing back in Game 2.
"We're going to make adjustments," Davis said. "And at the end of the day, it's all about heart and who wants it more. We're going to fight to the end. We showed that today. We were down 20, and we still fought. Guys made big plays. We came back and gave ourselves a chance to win. So it's nothing that we haven't seen before. We've just got to continue to fight and make adjustments."
Game 2 tips Monday night at 9:30 CST.