“I’m emotional every game here [in New Orleans],” he told NBA on TNT. “Willie being my brother, somebody I talk to about everything, us not talking this whole series, seeing his son sitting on the baseline.
“It’s a good win for us, there’s a reason why he’s the coach here. There ain’t been this much energy here in a long time and I’m just glad we got the win. I always say this city raised me, 人. 这很难, this is emotional for me.
“I root for this team when I’m not playing against them, so to beat them was nice to get through the first round.”
On his return from a hamstring injury suffered in Game 2 of the series, Suns shooting guard Devin Booker put up 13 点数, five rebounds and three assists, while center Deandre Ayton had a bright night with 22 点数, seven rebounds and four assists.
For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 21 to go along with 11 assists and five rebounds, with CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas both adding 16.
别处, the Dallas Mavericks set up a Western Conference second round matchup against the Suns after closing out their series against the Utah Jazz with a 98-96 游戏 6 win in Salt Lake City.
Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson both scored 24 points for the Mavericks, while Donovan Mitchell scored 23 爵士队积分.
In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers advanced to the conference semis with a comfortable 132-97 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Franchise star Joel Embiid continues to play through a torn ligament in his right thumb and notched 33 点和 10 助攻, while sidekick James Harden added 22 点和 15 助攻.