Anthony Davis was everything you want an MVP candidate to be in a playoff game — 35 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, in a dominant performance.
However, it was Jrue Holiday and his defense that saved the day for the Pelicans.
New Orleans had been in control of this game until a combination of C.J. McCollum getting hot and Davis (and Nicolas Mirotic) wearing down with exhaustion led to a Trail Blazer comeback. This was tight late, but Holiday just kept making plays.
First, he broke up a three-on-two Portland fast break where Portland could have tied the game.
Then came the big one: Down three with :09 seconds left, Portland went for the quick two on a Pat Connaughton cut and layup, and Holiday blocked his shot.
Holiday was nothing short of brilliant defensively in this game and saved the Pelicans, who got the Game 1 win on the road 97-95.